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How to Turn On or Off Color Filters to the Screen in Windows 10


Starting with Windows 10 build 16215, Windows 10 now includes color filters at the system level, including filters designed to make it easier for people with color blindness to differentiate between colors like red and green and to make it easier for people with light sensitivity to create and consume content.

Starting with Windows 10 build 17004, Microsoft introduced a new color wheel to Color & High Contrast Settings to help you get a feel for the effect of each of the different available color filters.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on and change or turn off applying color filters to the screen for your account in Windows 10.


 CONTENTS:

  • Option One: To Turn On and Off Color Filters using Keyboard Shortcut
  • Option Two: To Turn On and Off Color Filters in Settings
  • Option Three: To Turn On and Off Color Filters using a REG file


EXAMPLE: Greyscale color filter
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Turn On or Off Color Filters to the Screen in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Turn On or Off Color Filters to the Screen in Windows 10
To Turn On and Off Color Filters using Keyboard Shortcut

1. Press the Win+Ctrl+C keys to toggle color filters on or off using the currently chosen filter you see in Option Two below.






Turn On or Off Color Filters to the Screen in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Turn On or Off Color Filters to the Screen in Windows 10
To Turn On and Off Color Filters in Settings

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

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


 3. Turn On and Change Color Filters

A) Click/tap on Color filters on the left side, and turn on Turn on color filters on the right side. (see screenshot below)

B) Choose a color filter OR colorblindness filter you want, and go to step 5 below.

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 4. Turn Off Color Filters

This is the default setting.

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

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5. You can now close Settings if you like.





Turn On or Off Color Filters to the Screen in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Turn On or Off Color Filters to the Screen in Windows 10
To Turn On and Off Color Filters using a REG file


The .reg files below will modify the DWORD and string values in the registry keys below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\ColorFiltering

Active DWORD

0 = On
1 = Off

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Accessibility

Configuration string value

<blank> = Off
colorfiltering = On

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\ColorFiltering

FilterType DWORD

0 = Greyscale
1 = Invert
2 = Greyscale Inverted
3 = Deuteranopia
4 = Protanopia
5 = Tritanopia


1. Do step 2 (off), step 3 (on - Greyscale), step 4 (on - Invert), step 5 (on - Greyscale Inverted), step 6 (on - Deuteranopia), step 7 (on - Protanopia), or step 8 (on - Tritanopia) below for what you want to do.


 2. To Turn Off Color Filters

This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 9 below.

Turn_off_color_filters.reg

download


 3. To Turn On Color Filters using Greyscale filter

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 9 below.

Turn_on_Greyscale_color_filter.reg

download


 4. To Turn On Color Filters using Invert filter

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 9 below.

Turn_on_Invert_color_filter.reg

download


 5. To Turn On Color Filters using Greyscale Inverted filter

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 9 below.

Turn_on_Greyscale_Inverted_color_filter.reg

download


 6. To Turn On Color Filters using Deuteranopia filter

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 9 below.

Turn_on_Deuteranopia_color_filter.reg

download


 7. To Turn On Color Filters using Protanopia filter

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 9 below.

Turn_on_Protanopia_color_filter.reg

download


 8. To Turn On Color Filters using Tritanopia filter

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 9 below.

Turn_on_Tritanopia_color_filter.reg

download

9. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

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

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

12. Sign out and sign in to apply.

13. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn