There are times when kids in our house or we accidentally press certain keys which changes the display of our system. Today we will talk about a message – Some settings aren’t available in High Contrast mode” that you may see in Windows 11/10 Settings.
This can occur because we unknowingly press certain pairs of StickyKeys/Hotkeys. Any of these incidents can activate the High Contrast mode in Windows 10. This mode not only changes the display color scheme of your system but may also lead to disabling multiple personalization options as well. In this article, we will learn how to resolve the issue in Windows 11/10.
High Contrast mode is a special mode that is available in Windows for Accessibility or Ease of Access use. Activating this mode makes the text and colors on the screen easy to see. As this is a special mode that almost none of the users use, it automatically locks most of the personalization options which is the reason such issues occur.
Some settings aren’t available in High Contrast mode
To fix this issue, we just need to disable the High Contrast mode of the system. There are two ways in which one can easily disable the High Contrast mode and turn back their device to a normal stage.
- Disable High Contrast mode using Hotkeys
- Disable High Contrast mode from Settings Application
Before we start with the methods, you need to make sure that no other application is running as you will have to restart the system, and changing the color scheme may lead to temporary freezing of the system.
1] Disable High Contrast mode using Hotkeys
HotKeys are the keyboard shortcuts used for easy access to system settings, applications, certain windows, etc. These keys are a part of almost every users’ daily usage and work very efficiently.
To disable the High Contrast mode, perform the combination of keys given below and you will be good to go:
The above-mentioned key combination will disable the High Contrast mode and will return your system to the normal mode. Restart your system once for the new settings to work without causing any error.
2] Disable High Contrast mode from Settings Application
It may happen that HotKeys/Sticky Keys are not working in your system or has been disabled by your IT administrator. You can easily disable the High Contrast mode using the Settings application.
Open the Settings application.
Now click on Ease of Access.
In the left menu, look for High contrast present in the Vision section. Or you can open the Run dialog box, enter the following command:
Now turn the toggle button to Off in the “Use high contrast” section and you will be good to go.
Now, you will be able to use your Windows 10 device as you want.
How do I fix High Contrast Mode?
If you are unable to turn off High Contrast Mode or if Windows 11/10 get stuck on High Contrast Mode, change your theme and then try again. If you have downloaded a theme from Microsoft Store and applied it to your computer, switch to the Windows default theme. Sometimes, third-party themes prevent you from turning off the High Contrast Mode. If this does not work, the issue may be somewhere else.
Your display driver may be outdated or corrupted. We suggest you update your display driver and see if it helps. If an update for the display driver is available, it will be shown in Windows Optional Updates. If this does not work or if an update for your display driver is not available, install the latest version of your display driver from the official website of the manufacturer.
Why is High Contrast Mode not working?
There might be many reasons why the High Contrast Mode is not working on your Windows 11/10 computer. Sometimes, third-party themes may prevent High Contrast Mode from working properly. In addition to this, the issue might also be associated with your display driver. Update or reinstall your display driver and see if it helps.
Where is High Contrast in settings?
The High Contrast Mode is available in the Ease of Acess in Windows 10 Settings. Open Windows 10 Settings and go to “Ease of Access > High Contrast.” From here, you can turn on and off the High Contrast Mode.
In Windows 11, the High Contrast Mode is managed through Contrast Themes. Open Windows 11 Settings and go to “Accessibility > Contrast Themes.” Here, you can apply any of the available Contrast Themes to your system.
I hope this helps.