How to enable or disable Colorblind Mode in Windows 10

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Colorblind Mode

Are you someone who has one of several different types of color blindness? Do you face difficulties while using your Windows operating system? Those who are not aware of the fact that the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update aims to ease your life by bringing tons of new features and settings. 

Some specific types of colorblindness are generally common around the world that are listed below:

  • Protanopia or Deuteranopia (red-green color blindness)
  • Tritanopia (blue-yellow color blindness)

Microsoft has clearly worked very hard to offer a better computer display options to those people. Obviously, we can not perceive its value but it definitely means a lot for the colorblind users.

If you are not a colorblind user, you might have accidentally applied greyscale mode on your screen while working diligently on your system. You must be wondering why your entire screen has turned into a blank and white TV. Don’t worry!

You have not gone to the 90s era, probably you have turned on Windows 10’s built-in color filters with a key combination on your keyboard.  

If you are a Windows 10 users, we will guide you about “How to Enable (or Disable) Colorblind Mode in Windows 10“.

How to use Colorblind Mode in Windows 10

Let’s have a look at each of them in detail.

Solution 1: Use Keyboard Shortcut To Turn/Off Colorblind Mode

  1. The keyboard shortcut is one of the handy ways that you can use to Turn On/Off Colorblind mode. You can always use  Win+Ctrl+C keys to Turn On/Off your current filter.

Solution 2: Use Settings To Turn/Off Colorblind Mode

  1. Navigate to the search box and type “color filter“. 
  2. You will see a list of search results, click Turn color filters on or off from the top.
  3. Now you have to use the toggle button to “Turn on color filters” that is available under Use color filters.
  4. You will see a list of color filters and color blindness filters, select the one that is suitable for you.

Note: You can use the same process to Turn off color filters using the same toggle button.

Solution 3: Tweak your Registry To Turn/Off Colorblind Mode

If you don’t want to use the solutions that are listed above, use the REG file to switch between both options. The DWORD and string values that are available in the registry keys will be modified using the .reg files. 

1. Press Window+R keys and type notepad in the currently opened dialogue box.  This will open a blank Notepad file on your screen.

2. Enter the following values and save the files for each mode with a .reg extension on your desktop.

  • Turn On Greyscale Filter
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\ColorFiltering]
"Active"=dword:00000001
"FilterType"=dword:00000000

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Accessibility]
"Configuration"="colorfiltering"
  • Turn On Invert filter
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\ColorFiltering]
"Active"=dword:00000001
"FilterType"=dword:00000001

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Accessibility]
"Configuration"="colorfiltering"
  • Turn On Greyscale Inverted Filter
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\ColorFiltering]
"Active"=dword:00000001
"FilterType"=dword:00000002

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Accessibility]
"Configuration"="colorfiltering"
  • Turn On Color Filters using Deuteranopia filter
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\ColorFiltering]
"Active"=dword:00000001
"FilterType"=dword:00000003

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Accessibility]
"Configuration"="colorfiltering"
  • Turn On Protanopia filter
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\ColorFiltering]
"Active"=dword:00000001
"FilterType"=dword:00000004

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Accessibility]
"Configuration"="colorfiltering"
  • Turn On Tritanopia Filter
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\ColorFiltering]
"Active"=dword:00000001
"FilterType"=dword:00000005

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Accessibility]
"Configuration"="colorfiltering"
  • Turn Off Color Filter
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\ColorFiltering]
"Active"=dword:00000000

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Accessibility]
"Configuration"=""

3. Double click on the respective .reg file to use the filter option. Click Run and click Yes from the User Account  Control dialogue box.

4. Again click Yes and OK when prompted on your screen.

5. Finally, you will have to Restart/Logoff your PC to apply the changes.

As soon as you use any of these methods to switch to these color filters, the colors will immediately change. In this way, you can choose the one that perfectly works for you. 

This handy feature is applied at the system level to all your windows and programs. Moreover, if you are not a Windows 10 user or you have not upgraded your machine yet, you can only enjoy browsing using a similar feature using a Chrome extension.

Let us know in the comments section below if you have any other tips and tricks that can enhance your display experience on your Windows PC. 

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