While going through my settings I wanted to try out the "dark menu bar" in the General System Preferences. Now I cannot turn it off. Each time I uncheck the checkbox, it seems to have no effect, it's stuck in dark mode. I've tried booting into Safe Boot as well to see if i could change it there, to no avail.

This seems to also only be for my user, as switching to guest mode works properly. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6Ga6bXEFEo

Screencast of the issue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNEHhoFzniI

Machine: OS X El Capitan 10.11.16 MBP Retina 15, Mid-2015

Edit: replaced screencasts with jing to youtube so that non-flash users can view the issues


I just tested the following under OS X 10.11.5 and it worked.

  • Go to System Preferences > General and check the [√] Use dark menu bar and Dock check box, then close System Preferences.

  • Copy and paste the following command line into Terminal, then press enter.

    defaults delete .GlobalPreferences AppleInterfaceStyle; killall -HUP Dock

After executing the above command line, the Dock momentarily disappeared and a couple seconds later the menu bar was the default color once again.

  • Thanks for the reply, but this didn't seem to work. here's a screencast of my attempt: screencast.com/t/d54rD52mLd – dmachiavello Aug 25 '16 at 19:14
  • youtube version of the attempt. youtube.com/watch?v=fAM637YA4Dw i tried both unchecking and checking that before running the command. – dmachiavello Aug 25 '16 at 19:36
  • @dmachiavello, What happens if you use the following command line instead? defaults delete $HOME/Library/Preferences/.GlobalPreferences.plist AppleInterfaceStyle; killall -HUP Dock and do it in Terminal, not iTerm. – user3439894 Aug 25 '16 at 20:04
  • Looks like the same thing (nothing). Attempt: youtube.com/watch?v=zxS9Lnv-1pE – dmachiavello Aug 25 '16 at 20:11
  • Also, for completeness, i logged into guest mode and was able to prove that it works fine for guest. My suspicion is that it's my user preferences that are corrupted. youtube.com/watch?v=h6Ga6bXEFEo – dmachiavello Aug 25 '16 at 20:23

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