How to Invert the Mac Screen Colors in Mac OS X
Inverting the colors of a Mac display is a fairly common accessibility feature, and it’s also pretty handy for when you’re reading at night because it puts most screen text into a white on black mode like iOS.
How to Invert Screen Colors on Mac
- Hit Command+Option+F5 to bring up Accessibility Options
- Check the box next to “Invert Display Colors”
The display change is immediate.
Note the actual colors drawn on screen are not being changed, it’s only the display of them that has been inverted. This means if you take a screenshot it will still display as usual, and colors chosen in a color picker will remain their original choice.
Disable Screen Invert on Modern Mac OS X
To disable the inverse display coloration and get back to normal, just hit Command+Option+F5 again and uncheck the invert box.
Prior versions of Mac OS X let you invert the display by hitting the Command+Option+Control+8 keyboard shortcut, but with MacOS Mojave, Catalina, macOS, MacOS High Sierra, Sierra, Mac OS X El Capitan, Yosemite, Mac OS X Mavericks, and Mountain Lion have changed that. From 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, 10.11, 10.12, 10.11, 10.12 10.13, 10.14, 10.15, onward you’ll need to either re-enable the Mac Invert Display keystroke of Command + Option + Control + 8, or use the method discussed above instead. This behavior changed in Mountain Lion and carried forward from there.
Note the old keyboard shortcut of Command+Option+Control+8 can be re-enabled in the Accessibility section of “Keyboard Shortcuts” in system preferences as shown here.