Change the Selection Highlight Color in Mac OS X
Many Mac users probably don’t think twice about the color that shows up when they select and highlight text or some app elements in OS X, which defaults to being blue. But if you’re the type of user who likes to customize things a bit, you may appreciate knowing that you can choose nearly any other selection highlight color, including the preset options of red, orang, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, brown, graphite, or going all out and picking your own through a color picker.
Aside from picking a color that better suits your preferences, changing the highlight color can also be helpful in conjunction with the Increase Contrast option in OS X as well as Dark Mode to make user interface elements a bit obvious in modern versions of the Mac operating system.
How to Change the Highlighting Text Selection Color on Mac
The Highlight Color setting is in the open but easily overlooked:
- Go to the Apple menu and go to “System Preferences”
- Choose the “General” preference panel
- Near the top of the panel pulldown the menu next to “Highlight color:” and pick the color to change to
This impacts the highlight color for selecting text and blocks in any app with text selection, be it a web browser, word processor, or Quick Look, like so:
The highlight color change also is shown when selecting data, entries, and segments in apps like Activity Monitor or Numbers too:
Just another small way to customize the appearance of your Mac, but no, at the moment there is no way to make a similar change to highlighting text in iOS, though in apps like iBooks you can apply different highlight colors for notes in iOS.