Can't select text on macOS

If you're clicking and dragging with your mouse and seemingly unable to select text, please check to see if the following are true:

  • You're using your Mac in "Dark" mode (under System Preferences > General); and
  • Your selection color, under the same control panel, is set to "Graphite" or something similarly non-contrasting.

If that's the case, then likely what's happening is that you are able to select text — just you're unable to see that it's selected.

To fix that, please try one of the following:

  1. Change your Fade In custom page/text colors to light-on-dark under Preferences > User Interface > Page Colors
  2. Uncheck Preferences > User Interface > Use system selection color to use Fade In's built-in color instead (which shouldn't have the same problem)
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