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    Turn On or Off High Contrast Mode in Windows 10

    How to Turn On or Off High Contrast Mode in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Customization
    17 Apr 2021
    Designer Media Ltd



    How to Turn On or Off High Contrast Mode in Windows 10


    If itís hard to read text on your screen because you need more color contrast, you can turn on high contrast mode.

    High contrast mode makes text and apps easier to see by using more distinct colors.

    See also:

    This tutorial will show you different ways to turn on or off using high contrast mode for your account in Windows 10.

    When high contrast is turned on, the desktop background is automatically set to use a solid color by default, but you can still set the desktop background to use a picture or slideshow.



    Contents

    • Option One: Turn On or Off High Contrast Mode from Sign-in Screen
    • Option Two: Turn On or Off High Contrast Mode using Keyboard Shortcut
    • Option Three: Turn On or Off High Contrast Mode in Settings
    • Option Four: Turn On or Off High Contrast Mode in Control Panel






    OPTION ONE

    Turn On or Off High Contrast Mode from Sign-in Screen


    1 While on the sign-in screen, select your account.

    2 Click/tap on the Ease of access button in the lower-right corner, and turn on or off (default) High Contrast for what you want. (see screenshots below)

    3 You can now sign in to Windows 10 if you like.

    Turn On or Off High Contrast Mode in Windows 10-turn_on_high_contrast_mode_on_sign-in_screen.jpg Turn On or Off High Contrast Mode in Windows 10-turn_off_high_contrast_mode_on_sign-in_screen.jpg






    OPTION TWO

    Turn On or Off High Contrast Mode using Keyboard Shortcut


    1 While signed in to Windows 10, press the left Alt + left Shift + Print Screen keys to toggle high contrast on and off.

    How to Enable or Disable High Contrast Keyboard Shortcut in Windows







    OPTION THREE

    Turn On or Off High Contrast Mode in Settings


    1 Open Settings, and click/tap on the Ease of Access icon.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 21359, the Ease of Access category in Settings has been renamed to Accessibility.


    2 Do step 3 (on) or step 4 (off) below for what you want.


     3. To Turn On High Contrast Mode

    A) Click/tap on High contrast on the left side, and turn on Turn on high contrast on the right side. (see screenshot below)

    Turn On or Off High Contrast Mode in Windows 10-turn_on_high_contrast_mode.jpg

    B) Select a high contrast theme you want in the Choose a theme drop menu. (see screenshot below)

    The high contrast theme setting is stored in the High Contrast Scheme string value (REG_SZ) in the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Accessibility\HighContrast registry key.

    Turn On or Off High Contrast Mode in Windows 10-choose_high_contrast_theme.jpg

    C) If you like, click/tap on a colored rectangle to select custom high contrast colors you want for Text, Hyperlinks, Disabled Text, Selected Text, Button Text, and Background, and click/tap on Done. (see screenshot below)

    Turn On or Off High Contrast Mode in Windows 10-choose_high_contrast_color.jpg

    D) When finished, click/tap on Apply.

    E) If you customized the colors of a high contrast theme, type a name you want for the new theme, and click/tap on Save. (see screenshot below)

    This will have the name of this custom theme available in the Choose a theme drop menu.

    Turn On or Off High Contrast Mode in Windows 10-save_custom_high_contrast_theme.jpg

    F) Go to step 5.


     4. To Turn Off High Contrast Mode

    This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on High contrast on the left side, turn off Turn on high contrast on the right side, and go to step 5. (see screenshot below)

    Turn On or Off High Contrast Mode in Windows 10-turn_off_high_contrast_mode.jpg

    5 When finished, you can close Settings if you like.






    OPTION FOUR

    Turn On or Off High Contrast Mode in Control Panel


    1 Open the Run dialog (Win+R), copy and paste the command below into Run, and click/tap on OK to open Personalization in the Control Panel.

    explorer shell:::{ED834ED6-4B5A-4bfe-8F11-A626DCB6A921}

    2 Do step 3 (on) or step 4 (off) below for what you want.


     3. To Turn On High Contrast Mode

    A) Click/tap on a high contrast theme you want under High Contrast Themes, and go to step 5. (see screenshot below)

    The high contrast theme setting is stored in the High Contrast Scheme string value (REG_SZ) in the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Accessibility\HighContrast registry key.



     4. To Turn Off High Contrast Mode

    This is the default setting.


    A) Click/tap on a theme you want under My Themes or Windows Default Themes, and go to step 5. (see screenshot below)

    5 When finished, you can close the Personalization control panel if you like.

    Turn On or Off High Contrast Mode in Windows 10-high_contrast_in_control_panel.jpg


    That's it,
    Shawn






  1. apb
    Posts : 94
    win 7 64bit
       #1

    desktop background?


    I'm new to win 10...

    In high contrast mode, I don't see how to change the desktop background color. Either in UI or registry?

    Thanks.

    --peter

    PS: In previous versions of windows, the default contrast was not so terrible, so I didn't need to figure out how to do this.
      My Computers


  2. Posts : 64,510
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #2

    apb said:
    I'm new to win 10...

    In high contrast mode, I don't see how to change the desktop background color. Either in UI or registry?

    Thanks.

    --peter

    PS: In previous versions of windows, the default contrast was not so terrible, so I didn't need to figure out how to do this.
    Hello Peter,

    When High Contrast is turned on, the desktop background is automatically set to use a solid color.

    You can change the color in the desktop background solid color settings in step 6 of option 6 in the tutorial below.

    Change Desktop Background in Windows 10
      My Computers


  3. apb
    Posts : 94
    win 7 64bit
       #3

    Brink said:
    Hello Peter,

    When High Contrast is turned on, the desktop background is automatically set to use a solid color.

    You can change the color in the desktop background solid color settings in step 6 of option 6 in the tutorial below.

    Change Desktop Background in Windows 10
    Thanks, but I did that and it changed not the high contrast desktop color, but the regular contrast desktop color. I will try again; must be I overlooked something.

    I'm pretty sure that I am the only one on the planet who finds MS's UIs baffling, but do you know the registry setting that sets this parameter? Ironically, the registry settings are more transparent to me than the UI.
      My Computers


  4. Posts : 64,510
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #4

    apb said:
    Thanks, but I did that and it changed not the high contrast desktop color, but the regular contrast desktop color. I will try again; must be I overlooked something.

    I'm pretty sure that I am the only one on the planet who finds MS's UIs baffling, but do you know the registry setting that sets this parameter? Ironically, the registry settings are more transparent to me than the UI.
    The solid color setting is stored as the Background string value in the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors registry key.
      My Computers


  5. apb
    Posts : 94
    win 7 64bit
       #5

    Thanks! Is that for regular contrast, high contrast, or both?
      My Computers


  6. Posts : 64,510
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #6

    apb said:
    Thanks! Is that for regular contrast, high contrast, or both?
    It's for the desktop background solid color setting. It doesn't matter if high contrast is on or off.
      My Computers


  7. apb
    Posts : 94
    win 7 64bit
       #7

    Looking at the registry, I see it doesn't differentiate between high and low contrast, so I'm going to guess the settings in that key are what is in effect for the current contrast mode? If so, where are the parameters for the different modes stored? In some file?

    - - - Updated - - -

    Oops, I see our replies crossed in the ether... Where do they store the themes for the modes?
      My Computers


  8. Posts : 64,510
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #8

    apb said:
    Looking at the registry, I see it doesn't differentiate between high and low contrast, so I'm going to guess the settings in that key are what is in effect for the current contrast mode? If so, where are the parameters for the different modes stored? In some file?

    - - - Updated - - -

    Oops, I see our replies crossed in the ether... Where do they store the themes for the modes?
    High Contrast is a theme, so it will still use the same registry key and values for a theme like at the top of the tutorial below.

    Change Theme in Windows 10
      My Computers


  9. apb
    Posts : 94
    win 7 64bit
       #9

    Ah, ok, thanks.

    Thanks for indulging me, since some of the above I could have discovered on my own, but with more effort than just asking you.

    BTW, thanks for maintaining these forums for what, at least a decade? and answering vast numbers of questions. You deserve a medal.
      My Computers


 

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