You can customize nearly every aspect of your documents using themes. To access your themes, go to Preferences > Themes and click on the one you'd like to use in the theme browser.


By default, the app will switch between light and dark mode when your Mac does. If you want Figures to stick with one appearance, click the Appearance drop down and select your preference.

Creating and Deleting Themes

In addition to all the built-in themes, you can also create your own. Pick a theme that seems closest to what you want and click the + button at the bottom left. You can also Control-click (right-click) on a theme and select Duplicate….

Creating a new theme will bring up the theme editor so you can start tweaking.

To permanently delete a theme from the app, select the theme you want to delete and click the - button at the bottom left. You can also Control-click (right-click) on the theme to be deleted and select Delete…. If you prefer the keyboard, you can also press the Delete key.

Whichever method you choose, a message will be presented warning you that the deleted theme can't be recovered.

Editing Themes

The theme editor is where you get to play with the colors and fonts for most parts of the app. To edit a theme, double-click on its preview in the theme browser. You also select the theme you want to edit and press the Return key. Another option is to Control-click (right-click) on the theme and select Edit….

Theme editor


At the top is the name of the theme. This is what will be displayed in the theme browser where you can select among the available themes.


Below the name is the theme's palette. Here you can control the available base colors for all the elements of the app. There are two palettes: one for light mode and one for dark mode.

At the far left of each palette is the text color followed by the background color. The text color is the default for anything not assigned a color. The background color is used for the document's editor pane. These two colors are followed by ten additional colors you can use for different parts of the app.

Click on any palette color to bring up the color picker. By tweaking each of the palette colors, you set the choices available for each of the elements in the table below the palettes.

At the far right of each palette is a copy button. This is handy when you've tweaked the colors for one palette and want to load them into the other. Clicking the button will bring up a menu where you can copy the colors from the other palette or any theme's palette defined in the app.


In the middle of the theme editor is the table of elements that can be changed.

Each element has color for both light mode and dark mode. Click on the color well to change the color of that element.

Elements associated with text can also have their fonts tweaked. By default, elements use the font shown at the bottom of the theme editor. By selecting a style element, you can change things like font weight and italics. Some elements have special style settings. For example, comments use italic text by default.


At the bottom of the theme editor is the font used for the theme. The system fonts are used by default, but you can choose any font you have installed on your Mac. If you'll be using advanced features like loops or custom functions, consider using a monospaced (fixed-width) font so that text elements line up vertically.

Next to the font name is the size. This value can also be changed without having to open the theme editor using the menu bar. Go to Text > Bigger Text to increase the size of the theme's font, or Text > Smaller Text to decrease it.

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