How to Enable High Contrast Themes in Windows 8.1

How to Enable High Contrast Themes in Windows 8.1

Jan. 22, 2015 11:27 am / Posted by Michael Eric to Windows Tips
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With the new and clarified features added in the Windows 8.1, it's more interesting to enjoy the operating system. At the same time, it's also complicated for you to make full use of these features in Windows 8.1. In this article we'll keep on introducing how to turn on high contrast themes in Windows 8.1.

Below, there are some different requirements for high contrast themes. You can check one by one.

To temporarily turn on high contrast themes

  • 1. Press left Alt, Shift and PrtScr keyboard buttons. Here a window will appear to ask you if you want to turn on high contrast.

    how to enable high contrast themes
  • 2. Click "Yes", and your display will be changed to grayscale high contrast one.

    Note that if you want to remove the settings and turn off high contrast themes. Just go to the same windows in step 1 and choose "No".

To permanently use a high contrast theme

  • 1. Right-click on the desktop, select Personalize. And scroll down to see the 4 default high contrast themes.

    how to enable high contrast themes
  • 2. Select the theme you want to apply on your Windows 8.1 computer.

To activate or deactivate this keyboard shortcut

Go to Control Panel -> All Control Panel Items -> Ease of Access Center -> Make the computer easier to see, and to change the settings.

how to turn on high contrast themes

To customize high contrast theme

  • 1. Open Charm -> PC Settings -> Ease on Access -> High Contrast.

    how to enable high contrast themes
  • 2. From the drop-down, select the theme format and then customize the colors.

Now your computer screen will display a high contrast theme which will make it a lot easier for you to read text.

Added Info: Extension for High Contrast

You can also enter your browser to install a high contrast extension and theme. Some application and browsers also have support for the high-contrast mode on Windows. Like Chrome, it automatically offers to install extension and theme when you switch your Windows 8.1 to high contrast mode.

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That's it. After learning how to turn on high contrast themes in Windows 8.1, you can still go to check other Windows tips here if interested.

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