OmniFocusColors app: How to tell what's what?


As long as we are trying to find which color in the UI corresponds to which line in OFColours, I’d like to add my question from another thread:

Is there a way to “action groups” the same color as “Available” actions (eg Black), while keeping status-based Blocked-context items and date-based deferred in a different color (eg Grey). How can I do that?


There is no way to change the background of the dropdown lists in the inspector, or the calendar widget in the inspector where you set the date currently. If you search for Inspector, we support changing only limited items. The 5 items listed there is the current extent of our support.

While you can’t change the toolbar background currently, you might try the customize toolbar options to see if you can find a look that matches your color palette better as a workaround. I put in a request for you requesting that the toolbar background be added as a key.


Thanks, @lanettetest. You’ve been a big help.


I don’t see a way to change “Next Actions”, “Single Actions” and “Action Groups” like in OmniFocus 1. Those really helped me.


Just emailed OF support to ask for that (especially given that my similar question, #2, still got no reply from Omni staff).


I actually just found it they are titled “Content: First Available”, “Content: Due Soon”, “Content:Overdue”, and “Content: Blocked”. I am so happy these are in there, it doesn’t seem to highlight the color of the background like it use to but hopefully I am just missing where that option is found though it seems it is not in there since there is no (Background) other “First Available” anywhere found in the search.

[Here][1] is a macro you can use with [Keyboard Maestro][2] to help make this testing process a little quicker.
In order for this to work properly you want to have manual imported the theme you are currently working with in OmniFocusColors once before running this macro.

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Hopefully there is a visual text document that shows what changes what floating around somewhere.

  1. So it’s still unclear how to customize action groups [separately from Blocked]?

  2. The “Blocked” affects both future items and those that have “On Hold” status in their context, right?


Yes that is what is happening from what I can tell. “Content: Available” only works with Parallel projects to show you actions that are not the first in the list. Things changed with the behavior of how things were colored in OmniFocus 1. I think some of the changes I actually like better. A lot more to change that is for sure.

It would be nice if someone at Omni would make a document that showed how to access what was in the old vesion compared to the new.


Thanks for sharing your findings!


Can anyone tell me what (Placeholder), (Normal), (Hovered), (Pressed) and (Strong) mean. The names seem logical enough and having worked with HTML a bit seems like mouse or selected states but they don’t seem to change anything for me regardless if an action is selected, mouse is over it or if is hovered. I have changed them to different colors and nothing changes.


Hi! The metadata text applies to the labels that describe the action items. More of them show when you are viewing columns than when you are viewing using “fluid”.


Office in the selected row shows the Content: metadata text (Placeholder) combined with the Content: metadata text (Hovered) because my cursor was over it.

Yesterday shows the Content: metadata text (Overdue: Normal) state as 11:00PM shows the Content: metadata text (Due Soon: Normal). To see Content: metadata text (Due Soon: Placeholder), go to where you’ve set the date and delete what is in there. While you are editing, the placeholder color shows.

In the default Color Palettes, we don’t use different colors for every setting. This is partly because it is a bit jarring if the colors are too different as you edit, but we did want to provide the ability to set them for those who wish to customize. Those using your custom style will see them or not depending on the preferences they use for the view settings in Layout Preferences.

Strong shows up when you check “Show folders in the Outline” and it controls the text based on the status of the project or for the normal “Strong text color” that is what is used for folders. Also, when you are editing the text itself, the “Strong” color for the status applied is used. Try this with projects, action groups, and action items to see how it impacts the color. That question was so tricky I had to experiment and ask around, so thank you for a great question.

I hope this helps!


This is great, I will need to find an hour or so to experiment around, the picture certainly helped thanks a bunch! I wonder if OmniGroup might provide a 5 or 10 page PDF with circled numbers corresponding to all the options. It would be so nice to just look at the place where you want to change and see a number with a circle and find the corresponding value(s).

I certainly love the new options and surprisingly have found things for the most part to now be even easier to find/differentiate in OmniFocus 2. Thanks for the wonderful update and work!


These are my settings:

“Content: metadata text (Placeholder)”
Changes Defer, due, est. time and completed column and empty content location. This is great that all these options are there but it feel like pure guess work. So glad that the app is made no doubt, I just hope Omnigroup doesn’t stop there.

“Perspective Tint: Projects” is what changes the folder colors for me.

Content: metadata text (Strong) I noticed changed the text of the folders changed with this. Thanks for telling me about “Show folders in the outline” I didn’t have that checked.

That’s one out of six that I can see a difference on, I’ll keep playing but I feel like I am just wasting time now.


I agree with you that the other (Strong) items do not appear to be used in the way I’d expect. The issue has been reported. Sorry for the trouble with Strong. If I learn something new, I’ll share here.

While we released an annotated version of the style file for our Font Collection, there currently isn’t a companion item for Color Palettes. It has been requested. I know that the keys are named logically for how OmniFocus uses them, but for those of us who are trying to puzzle it out visually, it can take some time to translate through trial and error, so I agree with you that it would be a nice reference. Thank you for explaining in so much detail what you are trying to do!


Here’s a link to a PDF with our test team’s notes on each of the color settings. Many of the entries have before and after screenshots so you can see what they affect:

Hope this helps!

Where to find OF 2 themes?
OF Colors Theme Style Guide?
I'd like to create a "Feminine" Theme

Now we’re talking! Thanks!


@kcase @lanettetest I’m still wondering how to customize action groups color and, especially, font (eg weight). Looks like the PDF doesn’t cover that.


Action groups use the same color settings as other tasks: OFIContentAvailableTaskTitleColor, OFIContentOverdueTaskTitleColor, etc.

An action group’s font can be customized using the OFITextStyleActionGroupTitle setting. By default it inherits its content-sizes and height-paddings from the plain action style (OFITextStyleActionTitle), but uses the bold font rather than the regular font.


An action group’s font can be customized using the OFITextStyleActionGroupTitle setting. By default it inherits its content-sizes and height-paddings from the plain action style (OFITextStyleActionTitle), but uses the bold font rather than the regular font.

Great, thanks! If only support could help with that in the first place (see ticket #155893, the updated section in my original report).


Wonderful. This will help tremendously! Looks like I will be playing with this tonight!