Negative Colors

When in a dark environment where your screen is too bright, or for users that do a lot of photo-editing, it can be useful to invert your screen’s colors. This can easily be done by pressing the following key-combo:

command + control + alt/option + 8

Press the keys again to revert back to normal.

For those who have updated to Mountain Lion (Mac OS 10.8.x), you will find that this shortcut no longer exists. Simply go to System Preferences > Keyboard > Accessibility and tick Invert colors to bring back the option.



  1. rrreeeccceee · September 4, 2007

    what is the command button

  2. Paul · September 5, 2007

    The command button is the button with the apple sign –>

    It is located between the alt and spacebar keys.

  3. Sillium · September 10, 2007

    Actually it’s not that useless if you sit in very dark evironment and don’t want to have the display shine very bright. Like say in a car while navigating Google Maps by night. Although I find the inverted screen very ugly… 🙂

  4. k.t. strasse · September 20, 2007

    its not useless at all, really.
    how about if you are reading your friends blog, with white words on a black background? it can be hard on your eyes, or just ugly to read.

  5. antonia · December 23, 2008

    My cat just sat on my computer and this happened. Thank goodness your website came up first on google….it was driving me crazy!

  6. mikey · August 30, 2009

    wats the 8 button

  7. Anne · January 8, 2010

    I fell asleep for a nap and woke up with my cat asleep on my computer and that’s how it happened. Thanks!

  8. Jen · April 27, 2010

    Thank you!! My two year old messed with my screen and now it’s fixed. Whew!

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