I want to click on file to inherit the name for the file being saved. I can't read file names in the dialog box because the color is too faint. This is the same question as File Save dialog unreadable

That question does not have an answer but I don't have enough points to interact there so I have to post a new question.

Ticking the 'Increase Contrast' checkbox does not helpchanging the contrast slider does not help

Edited to add screen shots I tried to calibrate the monitor which no effect and did not change the readability of "unavailable" file names. I have added screenshots of previous operating systems to compare: Please tell me how Mojave is not to blame here: enter image description here

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    Welcome to Ask Different :) What app are you using? Can the app in question save the file in the format the fainted files are in?
    – Nimesh Neema
    May 26, 2020 at 13:09
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    @Tetsujin Even the OP writes that it's the same question
    – nohillside
    May 27, 2020 at 15:05
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    OP, do you have a disability that makes reading low-contrast type particularly difficult or impossible? (Fine if you do, of course—you’d think with Apple’s commitment to accessibility, there would be a way to account for this—I’m just confused, since I can read the hidden files in those screenshots fine.) Sep 24, 2020 at 15:43
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    So you are diagnosing my good eye? (and you came back after saying you were gone because of my 'entitlement') I did not ask a question about my eyesight, I asked a question about the difference in the three screenshots above and your answer did not address those differences. Instead you gave an answer about my perception and your comments (also deleted by you) continued to emphasize that I was doing something wrong. Sep 25, 2020 at 17:04
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    Please stop. You just said I have a special need, that is a diagnosis. You are trying to put the blame on me and I don't know why. I did not say anything was wrong with the good eye. You deleted your answer and are still hanging around to defend it? Sep 25, 2020 at 17:58

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The save dialog box will gray out files with extensions that differ from the file you're saving. The folders are not grayed out because you are allowed to change folders if you were to choose saving in them.

For example, if you had a folder full of .docx and .xlsx files while trying to save a .docx file all of the .xlsx files will be grayed out, but the .docx files will be their normal contrast.

Depending on the application, there may be a "File Extension" or a "Format" option at the bottom of the save dialog box where you can save as a different extension. In some cases (although becoming less common) this dialog box may have the option *.* that will allow you to select any extension. You've cropped out that part of your screenshots so I can't say exactly if this option exists in your case.

  • That is not the issue here. We know why the files are greyed out. The issue is that we cannot read the greyed files in modern macOS whilst we could in older versions.
    – mmmmmm
    Oct 15, 2020 at 12:39
  • You can't. Plain and simple. The only thing you can do is change why the folders are greyed out in the first place. There isn't any preference that allow you to change individual colors, only themes like light and dark mode, or color blind settings in accessibility.
    – Admish
    Oct 15, 2020 at 13:18
  • They are greyed out correctly - how do colour blind settings change what is seen?
    – mmmmmm
    Oct 15, 2020 at 13:31
  • They won't. What you're asking is completely impossible. The options I listed are the only things that even come close to what you want.
    – Admish
    Oct 15, 2020 at 13:36

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