Big Sur’s Translucent Menu Bar may be difficult to see for some. Here’s How to Disable It

Luckily, reverting to the traditional opaque menu bar is simple. Here is how to change it...

April 12, 2021

In macOS 11 Big Sur, Apple went back to a design direction from the earliest days of Mac OS X: a translucent menu bar. Since its color changes depending on the desktop picture, many people aren’t able to see it (left, below). Luckily, reverting to the traditional opaque menu bar is simple. Open System Preferences > Accessibility > Display and select Reduce Transparency. That will turn the menu bar gray again and make other windows and menus opaque, too (right, below). Simple gray might not be as whizzy as fancy transparency, but it’s more predictable and easier to see.

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