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Avoid font colour change in macOS 11 menu bar

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In macOS 11 the font colour of the menu bar automatically adapts to the darkness of the background image. On a light background it will show the text in black and on a dark background it will show white text.

This is a bit annoying if you

  • have multiple displays with different background images and thus get different font colours
  • use some menu bar apps which won't adapt to the font colour
  • automatically cycle through different background images

Screenshot of menu bar with white font

How can I avoid this behaviour?

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(Caution: This method will not only influence the menu bar, but also the appearance of the dock etc.)

A bit more drastic way is to switch off the transparency via System Preferences->Accessibility->Display->Reduce transparency

Screen shot of the system preference tab

This will result in a menu bar like this:

Screen shot of non-transparent menu bar

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As a hack, you can open your background image e.g. in preview and add some lighter area at the top of the image.

Sceenshot of mac preview app with added lighter rectnagle on top of the background image

This won't be visible behind the menu bar and you don't need to be very accurate with the size as long as the rectangle is smaller than the menu bar.

This will fool your computer thinking this is a light image:

screenshot of the menu bar with black font colour

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