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How to Apply Color Filter to Windows 10 Screen

How To Apply Color Filters To Your Windows 10 Screen
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Written by Vivek Tiwari

Windows 10 Fall Creator’s Update has been out for a while now. If you haven’t got it yet, you will soon. You can try manually installing the update via Windows 10 Update Assistant. We’ve already discussed several key features of the Fall Creator’s update, leaving out several as well. Windows is a popular desktop OS used by many people among different countries. Not all of them are physically identical, or capable. Which is why alongside the new set of features and changes, the OS has also made improvements that make it more accessible to people with disabilities. Windows 10 Fall Creator’s Update introduces a new feature called color filter.

Color filter can help a color-blind or visually impaired person to better view the display. Users running Windows 10 v1709 or above can choose from various settings to make the screen more readable to them. Moreover, the color filter works at the system level which means it works for not only Windows elements but third-party apps as well. This includes both apps from the Windows store and traditional (Win32) Desktop apps. There are a few ways to apply color filters on Windows 10 and we’re listing them all below.

Use Keyboard Shortcut

Anytime while using your Windows 10 machine, simply press Windows + Ctrl + C and you’ll immediately notice your screen go black and white. This keyboard shortcut is one of the fastest ways to apply the Grayscale filter. Problem is, that’s the only color filter you can apply using keyboard shortcuts.

Use Settings App

The Settings app is slowly and gradually replacing the Windows control panel. As such, it makes sense that this is where you should be able to access any of the newer features added to Windows. You can access the Settings app by pressing Windows + I on your keyboard or you can click on the gear icon in the Start menu. In Settings, go to Ease of Access > Color & high contrast. On the right, you’ll find a toggle labeled, Apply color filter. Below this is a drop-down menu labeled Choose a filter with Grayscale as the default option.

How To Apply Color Filter To Your Windows 10 Screen

You can select these filters from the drop-down menu:

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

Each of these is for a different set of conditions. For instance, the Deuteranopia, Protanopia, and Tritanopia filters are different types of color blindness.

Use Registry Editor

This is a rather non-conventional way to do this but we’ll leave it here anyway, just FYI.  To apply color filters using the registry, open Registry Editor by pressing Windows + R on your keyboard. In the Run dialog that appears, type regedit and hit Enter. In the Registry Editor, navigate to:

Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\ColorFiltering

On the right side, you will find two keys – Active and FilterType. If you’ve never applied any other filter other than Grayscale before, you may not see the FilterType key.

How To Apply Color Filter To Your Windows 10 Screen

Double click on the Active key and change the entry in the Value data field from 0 to 1. Then double-click on the FilterType key and change the Value data to anything from 0 to and click OK. The corresponding color filter will be activated.

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