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I recently switched to macOS Mojave Dark Mode, and I like many aspects of it.

But there's one thing that really gives me trouble, i.e., using the App Switcher in front of a window that is mainly dark/black.

When I use the keyboard shortcut, Command + Tab to invoke the App Switcher, the switcher highlights the currently selected app using a black frame. Black frames do not work too well when they are used transparently above black background.

I did then turned to the Accessibility settings to Reduce transparency but that actually made things worse.

Is there a way to somehow fix this problem?

(I installed HyperSwitch as a workaround. The UI part works much better there for me, but the actual logic of app switching is "wrong" when using multiple screens, so that renders it a no go for me)

Two screenshots are shown below. The first one shows the App Switcher with the first app (iTerm) selected.

iterm-selected

In the second one, now the selection is on Google Chrome (which one can somehow guess from the fact, that the app name is highlighted below the icon).

chrome-selected

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  • seems like a dark-mode bug. In non-dark-mode the translucent tray behind the apps stays light enough the ui element stays visible. – dwightk Apr 9 '19 at 19:49
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    You can give the couple apps mentioned in this blog post a try. Free trials are available. However, they change the UI for the App Switcher. – Nimesh Neema Apr 10 '19 at 6:09
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    For such a design oriented company I can't believe this still isn't fixed. Getting close to 2 years without being able to tell which app is current in the dark mode app switcher. – teradyl Feb 26 at 1:23
  • @teradyl Very true. But at least that inspired me to write a short "self answer" though ;-) – GhostCat Feb 26 at 7:18
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As the last comment indicates, 2 years later, still no official solution by Apple.

My personal answer: invest the 10 Euros/USDs for the Contexts switcher. That product works fine for my requirements. It appeared to be dead, but after months of no activity, a new version was released March 2021.

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