How to Invert Colors on Windows 11 [With Shortcut]

You can also use keyboard shortcuts to invert colors

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While using your Windows PC, you might need to invert the colors of your PC. This can be due to personal preference or an error with your display drivers.

If you’d like to invert the colors of your Windows 11 PC, this article provides you with all the necessary steps needed to invert colors on a Windows PC.

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What does it mean to invert color on an image?

In simple terms, inverting the colors of an image means flipping the current colors of an image to the opposite hue on the color wheel.

You can also say it means changing the colors of an image to negative. For example, a blue image will be inverted to orange, black becomes white, green becomes magenta, etc.

How do I invert colors on Windows 11?

1. Using Microsoft Paint

  1. Press the Windows key + S, type in Microsoft Paint, and hit Enter.
  2. On the top left side of the window, click on the File, and select Open. Alternatively, press Ctrl + O keys to open an image in Paint.
  3. Right-click on the image and select the Invert Color option.
  4. Press Ctrl + S to save your changes and exit the application.

If you’re using Microsoft Paint to invert the color of an image, ensure you save the raw file after making changes.

While using Microsoft Paint, you can experience the Paint can’t save image error, be sure to read our guide on resolving it.

2. Windows Color Filters

  1. Press the Windows key + I to open the Settings app.
  2. Click on Accessibility from the list of options and select the Color Filters option.
  3. On the right pane, locate the Use Color Filters.
  4. Click the toggle button under the Turn on a color filter to switch the selection to On.
  5. Under the Color filters, choose Inverted (reverse colors on the display).

3. Use Windows Magnifier

  1. Press Windows key + S, type in Magnifier in the Windows search bar, and hit Enter. Alternatively, you can press the Windows key and the + button.
  2. On the far end of the window, click on the Options button.
  3. In the right pane, locate the option of Invert colors, and click it to check the option.
  4. Exit the window.

Alternatively, the invert colors shortcut on Windows 11 is to press Ctrl + Alt + I on your keyboard.

4. Use High Contrast Mode

  1. Press the Windows key + I to open Settings.
  2. Click on Accessibility from the list of options and select Contrast themes.
  3. Proceed to choose a high contrast theme from the options or change the Contrast theme from None.
  4. Then, click the Apply button.

If you’d like to adjust the contrast of your browser, here is a detailed guide showing how to turn on and off high contrast in your browser.

5. Use Windows Dark Mode

  1. Press the Windows key + I to open Settings.
  2. Click on Personalization and select Colors.
  3. In the Choose your mode section, select Custom, and select Dark in the Choose your default Windows mode.

Here is a detailed guide on the various ways to enable dark mode in Windows.

Inverting the colors on Windows is a useful feature you can enable using various techniques and mediums.

Hopefully, our guide has provided you with the necessary steps you need to help you invert colors on Windows.

You may also be interested in our selection of the best software to calibrate your monitor for an optimal image.

Should you have further questions or suggestions concerning how to invert colors on Windows 11, this guide should have covered it for you. However, you can leave them in the comments section too.

Still experiencing issues?


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