Let MacOS adjust the brightness of your display based on ambient lighting by enabling auto-brightness. There are two settings on the Accessibility page of System Preferences worth checking out to see if they might work for you. Click Display from the left panel and then check the box for Increase contrast.
It reduces transparency in windows and makes the borders of buttons, tabs and other items more legible. If the increasing contrast is too stark a change for you, then try checking the box for the setting right below it for Reduce transparency. It makes the semi-transparent headers of windows a solid gray. Staring at a blue screen before bed can shift your body's natural clock and make it difficult to get a good night's sleep.
With Apple's Night Shift feature, the colors of your display are shifted away from cold, harsh blues to the warmer end of the spectrum during the evening hours. You can set it to come on from sunset to sunrise or manually set a time period for it to be active.
You can then use the slider below to adjust the color temperature of the effect between less warm and more. Read more: 7 display settings that can make your iPhone screen clearer. Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic. We delete comments that violate our policy , which we encourage you to read. Discussion threads can be closed at any time at our discretion.
Don't show this again. Matt Elliott. Now playing: Watch this: 7 settings that will help you see your Mac better. A new window should open, with the file icon in the top left. Once you have a copied image, skip ahead to using it as an icon. Copy a saved image. Find an image file you'd like to use as an icon and open it.
If you only want to use part of the image, hold down the mouse button and drag to make a box around that section, then use the Copy command. You can now use it as an icon. Take a screenshot. Your cursor should turn into a crosshair. Hold down the mouse button and drag to select an area of the screen to screenshot. That image will now be saved to your clipboard copied. If you'd also like to save a copy to your Desktop, use the same key combination without "control. Look for more icons. If you want to change an icon but aren't sure what to replace it with, look for icon collections online.
Find the icon you want to change. Go to the folder that contains the file you'd like to alter. You can change the icon of most folders, applications, and documents. Certain special icons cannot be changed this way, including the Finder and Trash icons.
You can change them with the system folder method , or using downloadable software such as LiteIcon or Candybar for older OS X versions. Open the information window for that file.
Select the file by clicking on its name or image. Control -click the file and select Get Info from the drop-down menu. A new window should open with information about that file. Select the image in the top left.
The file icon is in the top left corner of this window. Click it to select it, and you should see it highlighted in blue. Paste your copied image.
This should change the file icon to the image you copied earlier. This will only change the icon for that specific file, not for all files of that type. If a window pops up asking for a password, you are trying to change a file you do not have full access to.
These files can only have their icons changed if you enter an administrator password, or if you log on to an account with access. If you think your account should have access, expand the "Sharing and Permissions" section at the bottom of the Get Info window. Know the risks.
This method shows you how to access the folder where all system icons are stored. This lets you change the icons for special items such as Finder and Trash, or to change default icons for an entire file type.
Overwriting important icons or making a mistake here can make your computer very confusing to use. Log in to an administrator account. Only an administrator account can access this folder. Open the Go to Folder window.
Play around with the built-in settings for installed apps to add more personal touches to your Mac. Yeah, that's a good one too! Everyone remember this app back in the day and when Post Your Desktop was the most popular forum on Macrumors? About the Author This article was written by the It Still Works team, copy edited and fact checked through a multi-point auditing system, in efforts to ensure our readers only receive the best information. It's equipped with a larger sensor that is able to let in more light, allowing for brighter photos when the light is low. How-To Geek is where you turn when you want experts to explain technology.
Enter the address of your system icons folder. Explore the icons.