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I just updated my iMac to Mojave, and am still trying to setup my preferences.

I tried dark mode, but did not like it (half of me apps seem to ignore it anyway).

I switched to light mode, but this too has problems. The File Save dialog shows a list of Directories and existing files, but the latter are very light grey, almost indistinguishable from the background.

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I have searched the Preferences menu, but can't seem to find any setting to set normal contrast levels like in High Sierra.

  • Go to System Preferences > Displays > Color tab and try some alternate Display profiles. You can also hit the Calibrate... button and gain more control of how the screen looks. If you're on a laptop, toggle the Automatically adjust brightness checkbox to see if that helps. – IconDaemon May 1 at 11:21
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Can you supply a screenshot? Greyed-out files in file dialogs usually mean that those items can't be selected. For an Open dialog, greyed files are ones than can't be opened by the app.

For a Save dialog, it's normal for existing files to be greyed out, because you're not going to select them, you're creating a new file. (However, you can actually select them to inherit their filename.)

There should be no difference in Light Mode between Mojave and previous versions of MacOS.

There are settings in System Preferences > Accessibility > Display that increase the contrast and Reduce Transparency, which you may have previously used.

  • & btw, opening a .csv file from whatever app that is in your picture, you will find all those files will show as available. – Tetsujin May 1 at 7:05

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