Mojave desktop fonts

Hi all,

After installing Mojave I can’t read the labels on files or folders on the desktop in light mode. I can in dark mode. I’ve searched and not found anything about this anywhere except for a non-retna display but mine is a retina. . I’m on a MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2016)

Thanks in advance.


Here’s what it looks like in dark mode

Is “font smoothing” on in System Preferences > General?

Yea thought of that one too.

I tried it with and without “font smoothing” - no change


I just noticed that Trash does not suffer from this problem.

Filenames (Trash is not a filename) are appearing in a font with a shadow! Anyway, here is a possible solution to the problem – clear the Font Cache. Don’t bother with the repair permissions – that doesn’t apply to Mojave.

Thanks for the suggestion. Unfortunately, it didn’t work.

So that gave me an idea and I tried running Onyx. That worked - sort of. Restarted the Mac and the fonts were fine in white easy to read. But as apps which start at startup started one of them did this. I don’t know if it was Slack or my VPN ExpressVPN or what. So now I know I’ve got to stop all apps from loading at startup and start them one at a time.

This is going to take more time than I have now. I won’t be able to debug this for a week I’ll report back when I’ve figured out who the culprit is.

Naughty app if it messes with the system fonts!

Took a bit but I’ve found the app. It’s Pathfinder. Close the app and the desktop is fine. BTW IF I set preferences in Pathfinder to NOT hide finder’s desktop it looks bad…

If I hide finder’s desktop

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OK I’ve got the solution. Found it on Pathfinder’s support page. Needed to remove Pathfinder’s desktop. Leaves me with just Finder’s desktop and the fonts are fine. Well that was a bit of detective work :wink:

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