Color schemes, buttons, interaction with system and customizing

Lisa's Avatar


20 Feb, 2021 02:49 PM

I'm using v2021(2006) on a Mac. I do not have major vision issues other than what's considered normal aging eyesight. I have noticed some things with the latest version and colors that might be improved.

Text contrast with anything other than "high contrast" is not great. In the color selector when trying to improve contrast there are selections that I find literally invisible. There's a color there but I can't see the text that describes it. (I don't use the high contrast or dark modes because they're not comfortable; for me, it's like staring at neon colors.)

Buttons in the UI use the system accent color, not the highlight color. This is a problem because buttons use a dark gray color for text and with all of the accent colors, the text is hard to read. With blue, purple, pink and red, the text is, for all practical purposes, invisible.

I would like to be able to preview custom color choices or see changes without having to restart the application. There are many color values available for customizing and it is not always easy to figure out what I am changing. Is that component a list? Table? Sidebar?

  1. 1 Posted by jeff_l on 20 Feb, 2021 05:00 PM

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    Hi Lisa,

    If you want the ability to preview custom color changes, you need to update your version of MD to the latest preview build 2021.1 (3034) at

    There is a new Appearance Tab in this version that is now far more flexible. You can even choose different fonts that are on your Mac, some of which you may prefer over the default ones. Most if not all of your changes will show without restating the program.

    Fellow user

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