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In Windows, you can use themes to help make your desktop feel a little more personal.

High Contrast themes improves readability of the display by applying a special system color scheme.

The keyboard shortcut to turn on and off High Contrast is to press the left Alt + left Shift + Print Screen keys.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the High Contrast left Alt + left Shift + Print Screen keyboard shortcut for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

CONTENTS:
  • Option One: Enable or Disable High Contrast Keyboard Shortcut in Control Panel
  • Option Two: Enable or Disable High Contrast Keyboard Shortcut using a REG file

EXAMPLE: High Contrast confirmation when using keyboard shortcut
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Enable or Disable High Contrast Keyboard Shortcut in Windows OPTION ONE Enable or Disable High Contrast Keyboard Shortcut in Windows
Enable or Disable High Contrast Keyboard Shortcut in Control Panel

1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Ease of Access Center icon.

2. Click/tap on the Make the computer easier to see link in the Ease of Access Center. (see screenshot below)

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3. Under High Contrast, check (enable - default) or uncheck (disable) Turn on or off High Contrast with left ALT + left SHIFT + PRINT SCREEN is pressed for what you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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Enable or Disable High Contrast Keyboard Shortcut in Windows OPTION TWO Enable or Disable High Contrast Keyboard Shortcut in Windows
Enable or Disable High Contrast Keyboard Shortcut using a REG file

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The downloadable .reg files below will modify the string value in the registry key below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Accessibility\HighContrast

Flags string value (REG_SZ)

4218 = Disable
4222 = Enable

1. Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you want.


 2. To Enable High Contrast Keyboard Shortcut

NOTE: This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Enable_High_Contrast_keyboard_shortcut_for_current_account.reg

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 3. To Disable High Contrast Keyboard Shortcut

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Disable_High_Contrast_keyboard_shortcut_for_current_account.reg

download

4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7. Sign out and sign in, or restart the computer to apply.

8. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn