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How to enable color filters in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Alongside the new set of features and changes to make you more productive and secure, the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update also introduces a few new improvements to make the OS a little more accessible for users with disabilities, and "color filters" is one of them.

Color filters are designed to make it easier for Windows 10 users with color blindness to see the difference between colors and help those with light sensitivity to work with applications and consume content. In addition, color filters work at the system level, which means that they will not only work with Windows 10 elements but also with apps, including traditional (Win32) desktop programs and apps from the Windows Store.

In this Windows 10 guide, we walk you through the steps to apply a color filter to improve the usability of the OS on your device with the Fall Creators Update.

How to apply a color filter on Windows 10

Applying a system level color filter on Windows 10 is a straightforward process. Just follow these easy steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Ease of Access.
  3. Click on Color & high contrast.
  4. Under "Color filters," turn on the Apply color filter toggle switch.
  5. Use the drop-down menu to select the color filter you need to use. Available filters include:
    • Grayscale
    • Invert
    • Grayscale Inverted
    • Deuteranopia
    • Protanopia
    • Tritanopia

Once you've completed these steps, the filter will apply to your device automatically to help you see elements on the screen more clearly.

At any time, you can use the Windows key + Ctrl + C keyboard shortcut to enable or disable color filters on Windows 10 on demand without having to open the Settings app.

Color filters are available starting with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (version 1709). If you can't find it, chances are that you don't have the latest release installed on your device.

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Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.

6 Comments
  • When will they add the light theme to the taskbar, notification center and start?
  • Can't you at least make most of those your accent color? I realize it is not the same, but at least its not black. I prefer dark mode myself. *** Hey look at that... I can post comments again via the W10 app! All I need now is W10M!
  • With the accent color sucks
  • This is Windows 10.
    ...........
    Windows 10 will power my mobile lifestyle in the present, and to a much greater extent in the future. The fact that it is a real, mature, limitless, fully capable OS, is what will make my device an extremely useful tool, instead of just a smartphone "toy", in comparison.
    ..........
    Not, saying that there's anything wrong with smartphones because they're great, and will help many people get done all that they need for the foreseeable future.
    Rather, some of us just want more... It's the users choice to decide what's best for them.
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