High contrast

Updated: 11/13/2018 by Computer Hope

The high contrast setting is an accessibility feature built into Windows that assists people with vision impairment. You may change the size and color of fonts and the background for ease of viewing. To enable high contrast, follow the steps below for your version of Windows.

Windows Vista and 7 users


Windows Vista and 7, 8, and 10 users can turn on and off the high contrast color scheme by pressing and holding Alt, the left Shift, and the print screen key all at the same time.

To manually adjust the settings, such as displaying a warning message when entering this mode or disabling this feature, follow the steps below.

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. In the Control Panel, double-click the Ease of Access Center icon.
  3. Click the Set up High Contrast icon or Optimize visual display.
  4. From this window, you'll be able to adjust all the High Contrast color scheme settings.

Windows XP users

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. Double-click the Accessibility Options icon.
  3. In the Accessibility Options window, click the Display tab.
  4. Check the box to Use High Contrast.

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