Windows 10 Tip: How To Turn On Color Filters to Grayscale Your Whole Desktop

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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
  • Invert
  • Grayscale Inverted
  • Deuteranopia
  • Protanopia
  • Tritanopia

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:

Windows 10 color filters desktop - Windows 10 Tip: How To Turn On Color Filters to Grayscale Your Whole Desktop

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.

Settings easy of access color - Windows 10 Tip: How To Turn On Color Filters to Grayscale Your Whole Desktop

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:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\ColorFiltering

Create or modify two DWORD-32 values on the right panel, Active and FilterType.

Registry Editor color filters - Windows 10 Tip: How To Turn On Color Filters to Grayscale Your Whole Desktop

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
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  1. Thank you! Accidentally hit the hotkey for this without knowing and was stuck in greyscale hell until I found your article!

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