Get Hexadecimal Color Codes with Digital Color Meter in OS X Lion

Dec 6, 2011 - 5 Comments

Get Hexadecimal Values in Digital Color Meter for OS X Lion

A few months ago I wrote about an alternative to DigitalColor Meter for OS X Lion, with my main complaint being that the color picker tool removed the ability to get hexadecimal color codes. It turns out I was wrong, you can get hex color codes from Lion’s Digital Color Meter app, as pointed out in the comments by one of our helpful readers, Apple just changed where you select this option, placing it into a sub-menu rather than the main pull-down. Here’s how to set it:

Set DigitalColor Meter to Display Values as Hexadecimal in OS X Lion

This is for DigitalColor Meter in Mac OS X 10.7 only, you can also set to show color values as decimal, hexadecimal, and percentage:

  • Launch DigitalColor Meter (/Applications/Utilities/)
  • Pull down the “View” menu and go to “Display Values”
  • Select “Hexadecimal”

If you use the color meter tool often, you can set the three color value options as keyboard shortcuts to make this even faster to switch between. This tip comes directly from Eric:

To make it even easier – go to System Prefs->Keyboard->Keyboard Shortcuts. In the left column pick ”Application shortcuts”. Add 3 new ones like:
as Decimal ⌘1
as Hexadecimal ⌘2
as Percentage ⌘3

No need to download any additional apps after all. Thanks for pointing this out Eric!

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Posted by: William Pearson in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks


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  1. […] Digital Color Meter (if you’re using OS X Lion, which you should be, be sure to see the new way to get Hex values) are what I rely on. Both free. Both easy to use. Launch, roll over the color you want to match, […]

  2. jeff says:

    This has saved me so much time, thank you

  3. J.A. says:

    After wondering how I was ever going to select a colour-picker, I was delighted and amazed to discover this sitting right here on my Mac, waiting to be found. However, when I tried to follow your instructions to change the setting from “Display in L*a*b,” whatever that is, to “hexadecimal” under “View > Display Values > as Hexadecimal” I found that ALL three Display Values options (“as Decimal” “as Hexadecimal” “as Percentage”) are greyed out. Gaaak! So close! Any suggestions?
    Thanks in advance!

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