# Change default color scheme to something else in TexShop

The default white background color is too difficult to work with for long periods of time. I am trying to change this color scheme to the famous color scheme "solarized" by Ethan Schoonover.

http://ethanschoonover.com/solarized

Is there anyway I can make this to be my texshop color scheme?. May be someone can write a set of terminal commands like this

https://github.com/altercation/solarized/issues/167

that would look like Ethan's color scheme.

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You could wrap those commands in an AppleScript and put it in ~/Library/Scripts/Applications/TeXShop –  Matthew Leingang Feb 11 at 4:25
@MatthewLeingang: Can you explain a little more?. I can do this for the second link I gave. But How about the first one?. Thanks for your time. –  user54755 Feb 11 at 4:38
Aren't the colors in the first one the same as in the second? –  Matthew Leingang Feb 11 at 4:41
Well not really. I tried the second and it works the way it should. But the color scheme does not look like this ethanschoonover.com/solarized/img/screen-tex-dark.png This is how it should look like. Thanks again for your help. –  user54755 Feb 11 at 4:44
TeXShop has a much more limited set of colors to customize than what you're looking at in the graphic (I guess that's vim?). I think that the second link is as close as you can get. –  Matthew Leingang Feb 11 at 5:03
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I had not heard of that color scheme before so I followed the links and coded up the solarized TeXShop Color Scheme script as an AppleScript.

If you put this in ~/Library/Applications/Scripts/TeXShop/ it will appear as an item in the Scripts menu on the right-hand side of the menu bar. Although, for the preferences to take effect, TeXShop needs to be restarted. This script restarts but doesn't reopen the windows that were open before restarting.

-- solarized light color scheme
-- see http://ethanschoonover.com/solarized
-- and https://github.com/altercation/solarized/issues/167

do shell script "
# solarized light color scheme

# background = solarized base3 = 253 246 227
defaults write TeXShop background_R 0.99;
defaults write TeXShop background_G 0.96;
defaults write TeXShop background_B 0.89;

# commands = solarized red = 220  50  47
defaults write TeXShop commandred 0.86;
defaults write TeXShop commandgreen 0.196;
defaults write TeXShop commandblue 0.184;

# comments = solarized base1 = 147 161 161
defaults write TeXShop commentred 0.58;
defaults write TeXShop commentgreen 0.63;
defaults write TeXShop commentblue 0.63;

# foreground = solarized base00 = 101 123 131
defaults write TeXShop foreground_R 0.40;
defaults write TeXShop foreground_G 0.48;
defaults write TeXShop foreground_B 0.51;

# index = solarized magenta = 211 54 130
defaults write TeXShop indexred 0.83;
defaults write TeXShop indexgreen 0.21;
defaults write TeXShop indexblue 0.51;

# marker = solarized cyan = 42 161 152
defaults write TeXShop markerred 0.165;
defaults write TeXShop markergreen 0.63;
defaults write TeXShop markerblue 0.596;

# insertionpoint = solarized base00 = 101 123 131
defaults write TeXShop insertionpoint_R 0.40;
defaults write TeXShop insertionpoint_G 0.48;
defaults write TeXShop insertionpoint_B 0.51;
"

if application "TeXShop" is running then
tell application "TeXShop" to quit
try -- work around a "Connection invalid (-609)" message (bug?)
tell application "TeXShop" to activate
end try
end if
try -- work around a "Connection invalid (-609)" message (bug?)
tell application "TeXShop" to activate
end try


Needs improvement (like a dialog warning of the quit). Then the same should be done for the script that returns to defaults.

Further syntax colorization in TeXShop is not possible. Quoting from the Help panel (Help > Open Help panel ..., then "How do I configure TeXShop?", then "Hidden Preference Items"):

When syntax coloring is on, comments are colored red, commands are colored blue, and the symbols $, {, and } are colored dark green. These colors can be changed. A color is determined by the red, green, and blue components of the color; each is a number between 0.00 and 1.00. To change the color of$, {, and } to bright green, issue the following commands in Terminal:

defaults write TeXShop markerred 0.0
defaults write TeXShop markergreen 1.0
defaults write TeXShop markerblue 0.0


To change the comment color, replace "marker" with "comment"; to change the command color, replace "marker" with "command".

The background color of the source window can be changed. For example, to set this background to (r, g, b) = (.42, .39, .77), issue the following commands in Terminal:

defaults write TeXShop background_R 0.42
defaults write TeXShop background_G 0.39
defaults write TeXShop background_B 0.77


Warning: the next two items have not worked since version 2.10. They will be fixed eventually, but probably not in the immediate future. [seems to work now in 3.11]

The text color of the source window can be changed. This change requires that syntax coloring be on. For example, to set this foreground color for text to (r, g, b) = (.42, .39, .77), issue the following commands in Terminal:

defaults write TeXShop foreground_R 0.42
defaults write TeXShop foreground_G 0.39
defaults write TeXShop foreground_B 0.77


The color of the insertion point in the source window can be changed. For example, to set this insertion point color to (r, g, b) = (.42, .39, .77), issue the following commands in Terminal:

defaults write TeXShop insertionpoint_R 0.42
defaults write TeXShop insertionpoint_G 0.39
defaults write TeXShop insertionpoint_B 0.77

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