I cannot find any option to change the default white background of the layers panel thumbnails in Illustrator CS6, thus all white objects are invisible and I cannot quickly work on them. I've found related questions via Google, but from 2009 and without solution, so probably, someone at present time knows how to deal with this issue?

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It's been reported to Adobe for years.

It has been requested to at least add a light/dark toggle or something.

But, in the end.....

There's nothing the end user can do to alter the thumbnail background color.

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    Queue dramatic chipmunk video. You could just label the layers appropriately though.
    – kcdwayne
    Commented Mar 20, 2014 at 13:07
  • @Scott what do you say about a solution below? Any drawbacks?
    – Ilan
    Commented Mar 21, 2014 at 11:36
  • @Ilan seems okay, but that only works when the transparency grid is showing. A black background while working on objects is not always wanted and can be distracting. FOr CS6 it only works on the Object level from what I can tell. It's a decent workaround, but not ideal.
    – Scott
    Commented Mar 21, 2014 at 15:13
  • @Scott yes, this is the level I wanted it to work. It is not a perfect solution, probably gimmick one, but it is better then nothing at all $)
    – Ilan
    Commented Mar 21, 2014 at 15:15
  • So you would say it worked reasonably? I am interested in knowing if it worked.
    – benteh
    Commented Mar 21, 2014 at 15:29

With the help of one well known Ai programmer I've found some interesting solution:

View->Show Transparency Grid and set the colors of the grid to black-

This will give some nice black background to the thumbnails -

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