Bringing Colors to TeXShop

January 4, 2013

In an effort to continue posts with colors in common I want to bring up TeXShop. TeXShop is a latex editor of Mac that comes with MacTex distributions. In my mind it is the only Latex editor you will need, but what do I now. For those of you who do not know about Latex, it is a markup typeset base on Donald Knuth’s TeX typesettings. Latex has the ability to handle just about anything: math symbols, algorithms, flow charts, you name it. I have learned how to use Latex about 3 years ago, and I cannot recall a document I wrote that has not been typed in Latex. That is a whle other story for another time.

Here is a Simple Latex document I found online. I had made just available here just in case you could not find it. I also had to add comments to show you how annoying the color scheme can get. Here is a screen shot of what the file would look like with the default TexShop color scheme:


I think this is just awful. So, lets change it. In order to change the colors you will have to run some terminal command. I know, one would think that by now you could change it through preferences. Nope. There are 7 items you could change the colors to. For each you would have to run 3 commands, one for each RGB value. The RGB values have to be in a float RGB scale. You can consult this float RGB color chart if you need. The 7 items you could color are:


For example, say we want to change the comments from that horrible red to something more easy on the eye. Lets go with some light purple, like <0.8, 0.0, 1.0>. The commands will be:

defaults write TeXShop commentred 0.8
defaults write TeXShop commentgreen 0.0
defaults write TeXShop commentblue 1.0

You will have to restart TeXShop and now comments will look like this:


In a similar way you can change the rest of the colors to match you style. Here is a bash script to change all the colors on TexShop. The colors are set for the default colors. You can change any of the colors to match you style. If you want to go back to the original simply download the file and run it. I would suggest you keep a local copy of your settings just in case. In order to run the code you will have to change the permissions to 700 by running this command:

sudo chmod 700

Now you can change any of the colors at by running the file instead of running multiple commands.


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