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How to Turn on the Light Show in macOS Music

Longing for the days of disco clubs (I’m not, but you may differ)? Just want to have some fun with the Music app in macOS? Try the Visualizer tool which provides a light show that plays along with your tunes.

Launch the Music app on your Mac. Tune into your favorite radio station, playlist, or song. 

Click Window > Visualizer from the menu bar.

Window > Visualizer

Voila! The light show will begin. 

You can also choose between Visualizer (the most up-to-date version and the coolest looking) and Classic Visualizer (more of an “old school” light show).

To select which light show option you wish to use, click Window > Visualizer Settings from the menu bar. Choose Visualizer or Classic Visualizer.

Visualizer Settings
Visualizer Settings

To show or hide a list of commands you can use to control the Visualizer, press the Question Mark key (?) on your keyboard while the visualizer is on.

If you want the Visualizer to fill your display, choose View > Enter Full Screen, or press Control-Command-F. When you’ve had enough of your show, press Command-T to stop it.

View > Enter Full Screen
View > Enter Full Screen

To turn off visual effects, choose Window > Visualizer (to remove the checkmark), or press the Esc key.

Dennis Sellers
the authorDennis Sellers
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Dennis has over 40 years of journalism experience and has written hundreds of articles. For the past 20-plus years, he's been an online journalist, covering mainly Apple Inc. He's written for MacCentral, MacWorld, MacMinute, Macsimum News, Apple Daily Report, and is now contributing editor at Apple World Today.
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