I am using macOS Monterey 12.3. From Desktop & Screen Saver => Desktop I have selected Dark (Still) under Big Sur.

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When I reboot the machine menu bar color is always light, as light blue, hence dark-theme is not applied to the menu bar:

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From Desktop & Screen Saver => Desktop after each reboot I have to re-select Dark (Still) to apply dark color on the top bar as:

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After each reboot, is it possible to force Dark (Still) to take place on the menu bar?

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The menu bar colour is not controlled from that page of System Preferences.

Try the General page

The first option is between Light, Dark and Auto.

Choose Dark.

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    Dark is already choosen but it does not have any affect on the top Apple Menu Bar. When you toggle between Light, Dark, and Auto you will see that there will be no color change on the menu bar.
    – alper
    Commented Mar 26, 2022 at 9:36
  • On Monterey it chnages from Dark Grey background to White in changing from Dark to Light (and also works on Mojave except no Auto) However I don't see the option you have in Desktop
    – mmmmmm
    Commented Mar 26, 2022 at 9:58
  • Interesting it changes opened windows menu bar color only. Please note that I am using macOS Monterey . but under Desktop Big Sur option exist
    – alper
    Commented Mar 26, 2022 at 10:27
  • Now I am counfused. There is only one menu bar so if you say "opened windows menu ba" what other menu bar do you have?
    – mmmmmm
    Commented Mar 26, 2022 at 10:42
  • In my question I refer to the top menu bar. When I make changes on your answer, only the top part where (red yellow green circles located on top left corner) of each opened application's color changes. But Apple's menu bar color remains unchanged
    – alper
    Commented Mar 26, 2022 at 10:45

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