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Colorblind Windows Users: Try This Trick to Better Distinguish Colors

Ben Stegner Updated 10-03-2020

Windows 10 offers a bundle of accessibility features that make the OS easier to use for people with various kinds of disabilities. One of these is the Windows 10 colorblind mode, which allows you to adjust the on-screen colors for several different types of color blindness.

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If you have deuteranopia or protanopia (the two types of red-green color blindness) or tritanopia (blue-yellow color blindness), here’s how to enable a colorblind mode in Windows 10 and make colors easier to distinguish.

How to Enable the Colorblind Filter in Windows 10

To turn on the colorblind filter modes in Windows 10:

  1. Go to Settings > Ease of Access.
  2. On the left sidebar, select Color filters under the Vision section.
  3. Enable the Turn on color filters slider.Windows 10 Color Filters
  4. Depending on what kind of color blindness you have, select from the following:
    1. Red-green (Deuteranopia)
    2. Red-green (Protanopia)
    3. Blue-yellow (Tritanopia)
  5. As you change the filter, you can use the colors on the below wheel to make sure they all look distinct.

Windows 10 Colorblind Filter Wheel

If you check the Allow the shortcut key to toggle filter on or off button, you can press Win + Ctrl + C to turn the color blind filter on or off at any time.

You’ll notice that this changes all the colors on your computer, not just Windows UI elements. You thus won’t need any further dedicated color blind monitor settings unless you have a different kind of color blindness.

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Other Windows Resources for Colorblind People

Unfortunately, there’s no equivalent Windows 7 color blind mode. If you still use that OS, you can use high-contrast mode, which helps you differentiate on-screen items. If the Alt + Left Shift + Print Screen shortcut doesn’t work, head to Control Panel > Ease of Access Center > Make the computer easier to see.

Here, make sure that the High Contrast shortcut is enabled, then click Choose a High Contrast theme to change it if you’d like. As another option, you can also install the Colorblind—Dalton Chrome extension to enable colorblind filters in Chrome.

If a color blind screen filter isn’t what you needed, have a look at our overview of the accessibility options in Windows 10 A Brief Guide to Windows 10 Accessibility Tools Whether you struggle with poor vision or want to explore speech control, Windows 10 offers plenty of accessibility tools to help you out. We show you where to find and how to use them. Read More .

Related topics: Accessibility, Color Schemes, Windows 10, Windows Tips, Windows Tricks.

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  1. Kalista Wheeler
    June 25, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    This certainly does not help protanomoly. Now Blues and Reds are confusing, instead of Blues and Purples, Yellows and Greens

    Simply darkening greens and brightening Reds on my monitor has done more for me... not perfect but it works better than the color setting in Win10.

  2. Scott A. Lakin
    March 20, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    THIS HAS CHANGED MY LIFE! I work in software design and have always struggled with black to red text. WOW> THank you so much

  3. Luke
    April 26, 2018 at 5:42 am

    thanks for helping a deuteranope :)