[Chimera-users] Cannot see menus on MacBook Mojave

Eric Werner evwerner at gmail.com
Wed May 26 04:15:36 PDT 2021

Hi Eric,

Thank you for the info. You have great software.  You are right I can 
see the menu with the in-window version. However, because the menu 
background it somewhat transparent it makes it more difficult to read. 
Granted I am a bit visually impaired.

Is there a way to make the menu background nontransparent?

Thanks for your time and help.


On 5/25/21 6:25 PM, Eric Pettersen wrote:
> Hi Eric,
> This is a current limitation of the Tk windowing toolkit that Chimera 
> uses.  Perhaps future versions of the toolkit will fix this, but for 
> now that's the way it is.  Your two options are:
> 1) Don't use dark mode when using Chimera. That might be a pain.
> 2) Use the in-window version of the menus rather than the ones at the 
> top of the screen. The in-window menus don't suffer from this problem.
> There is also sort of a third option: use our new program ChimeraX. 
>  It doesn't suffer from this problem.
> --Eric
> Eric Pettersen
> UCSF Computer Graphics Lab
>> On May 25, 2021, at 8:51 AM, Elaine Meng <meng at cgl.ucsf.edu 
>> <mailto:meng at cgl.ucsf.edu>> wrote:
>>> Begin forwarded message:
>>> *From: *Eric Werner <evwerner at gmail.com <mailto:evwerner at gmail.com>>
>>> *Subject: **Cannot see menus on MacBook Mojave*
>>> *Date: *May 24, 2021 at 9:10:48 PM PDT
>>> Hi,
>>> Chimera is great. However in the latest download for the Mac, I can 
>>> no longer see the menus when in Dark Mode on my Macbook Pro using 
>>> Mojave.
>>> In the attached file you can see the the transparent background of 
>>> the menu drop down list makes it even harder.
>>> Is there a solution to adjust the menu text and background color and 
>>> making the menu background opaque?
>>> Thank you for your help.
>>> Eric
>>> <ChimeraMenus.png>
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