Enable & Apply Color Filters to computer screen in Windows 10

Not all the Windows users are physically identical, and that is reason Microsoft added a new feature called Color Filters. This feature allows users to set different filters to the computer screen based on individual requirements and it can help color-blind or visually impaired person better view the display. If a color-blind person wants to work on Windows 10 machine, he/she will face problems because of the impairment. However, Windows 10 v1709 users can choose different settings to make the screen easily readable even with their impairment. In this post, we will see how to apply Color Filters on Windows 10 screen.

Enable & Apply Color Filters to computer screen

Enable & Apply Color Filters to computer screen

There are three different methods, and you can try any of them on your Windows 10 v1709 PC.

1] Using the Keyboard shortcut

This is probably the fastest way to enable the color filter on your Windows 10 screen. Just press Win+Ctrl+C keys together. You will get the Grayscale effect immediately. However, the problem with this keyboard shortcut is it cannot enable other color filters except Grayscale. To check out different filters, you need to follow the following guides.

2] Windows Settings Panel

This is where you can find the Color Filters option. Open Windows Settings panel by pressing Win+I and go to Ease of Access > Color & high contrast.

On your right-hand side, you can find an option called Apply color filter. Toggle the button to enable it immediately.

Apply color filters like Greyscale, Invert, etc. to Windows 10 screen

After enabling, you can choose various filters such as:

  1. Grayscale
  2. Invert
  3. Grayscale Inverted
  4. Deuteranopia
  5. Protanopia
  6. Tritanopia.

These are different conditions. For example, Deuteranopia, Protanopia, and Tritanopia are different types of color blindness.

3] Registry Editor

Open Registry Editor. For that, press Win+R, type regedit and hit the Enter button. Before using Registry Editor, make sure you have created a system restore point and backed up Registry files.

Now, navigate to the following path-

Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\ColorFiltering

On your right-hand side, you can find two different keys, i.e., Active and FilterType. Double-click on “Active” key and set the value to 1. After that, double-click on the “FilterType” key and set the value anything between 0-5 as required.

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

Apply color filters like Grayscale, Invert, etc. to Windows 10 screen

That’s it!

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.