Mac OS is, in my opinion, the most beautiful operating system out there. I won’t go into the reasons why I think this for the sake of limiting hot discussion, but I truly do love its design and user experience.

That being said, there are always those of us who like to customize our computers to crazy lengths just so that they look different from the “normal”. Thankfully, Mac has a lot of ways of doing just this (some of which I hope to write about in future articles), and one of them is by turning the menu bar at the top of the screen black with white text instead of the usual gray with black text.


Let’s get down to the details:

  1. Go download the Nocturne app from Blacktree.
  2. Install the app by dragging it into the Applications folder on your Mac.
  3. Start the app and open up the preferences by pressing Cmd + , (comma).
  4. Under the “Menu bar” section, click the box that says “Invert menu bar”.
  5. Enjoy!

Why not use a different theming app?

You might be wondering why I chose to use a big program like Nocturne (that has many other features besides menu bar inversion) instead of using an app specifically designed for changing the appearance of a mac (like ThemePark). The reason is that even though apps like ThemePark can change the menu bar background, they can’t change the menu bar font. So if you used ThemePark to make the menu bar black, the font would remain black as well, making the menus impossible to read. Nocturne, on the other hand, simply inverts the entire menu bar; so if you start out with a white menu bar with black text, you will end up with a black menu bar with white text.