Color Filters is now officially introduced at the system level in Windows 10 build 16215, an insider build for Fall Creators Update. It includes color filters designed to make the life easier for people with color blindness to differentiate colors like red and green. It also helps for those with light sensitivity to create and consume content.
It’s built as part of Ease of Access category. Since it works at the system level, the color filter can be applied to the entire desktop, regardless of what applications are running, 3rd party tools or built-in ones.
The color filters that are available in Windows 10 include:
- Grayscale Inverted
To enable Color Filters, simply press Win + Ctrl + C keyboard shortcut once and it colorized your whole desktop at once. Press the same key combination again to disable it. Out of the box, it grayscales your desktop like below:
To change the default color filter, open Settings app, go to Ease of Access and Color and high contrast. Then select a filter that suits your eyes from the drop-down list.
Again, as mentioned early, it’s easier to just use the keyboard shortcut Win + Ctrl + C to toggle the Color Filter on and off.
Also, if you are a fan of tweaking Windows registry, you can use the following registry tweak to configure Windows 10’s Color Filters as well, thanks to Winaero.
Open Registry Editor and go to the following key location:
Create or modify two DWORD-32 values on the right panel, Active and FilterType.
The Active value is to enable or disable the Color Filters feature and the FilterType is to set which color filter to us based on the table below:
- 0 = Greyscale
- 1 = Invert
- 2 = Greyscale Inverted
- 3 = Deuteranopia
- 4 = Protanopia
- 5 = Tritanopia
Disable the shortcut key to turn on the color filters
If you are on Windows 10 Inside builder 17083 or around that build, you will see an option that can disable the shortcut key that toggles the color filter on or off.
Open Setting app, go to Ease of Access and Color filters. Clear the option “Allow the shortcut key to toggle filter on or off” to disable it. It takes effect right away.