How to use Color filters in Windows 11 to see clearly

This post shows students and new users how to use Windows 11 color filters to change the color palette on the screen to help see clearly.

Recently we showed you how to use night light in Windows to help with sleeplessness and eye strain after dark. You can read that post here.

If you’re still having problem seeing what’s on your screen, you can use Windows 11 built-in color filters to help distinguish between things that differ only by color. This changes the color palette of objects on the screen which brings out contrast and could help you see clearly.

The new Windows 11 will come with many new features and enhancements that will work great for some while adding some learning challenges for others. Some things and settings have changed so much that folks will have to learn new ways to work with and manage Windows 11.

Like changing color filters in Windows 11, these settings have been moved further down and buried into the System settings. And you haven’t done it before in previous version of Windows, there could be a bit of a challenge to finding it. However, the steps below show you how to easily access and configure it in Windows 11.

To get started changing Windows 11 color filters, please use the steps below:

How to set high contrast color filters in Windows 11

When you want to set high contrast color on your screen in Windows 11, use Windows color filters. This will help with contrasting and distinguish between things that are differ on the screen, including text, images and objects.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Accessibility, select Color filters on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

On the Color filters settings pane, use screen down and toggle the button to the On position to enable Color filters. Windows 11 comes with preset filters that you can use right away.

  • Red-green (green weak, deuteranopia)
  • Red-green (red weak, protanopia)
  • Blue-yellow (tritanopia)
  • Granscale
  • Grayscale inverted
  • Inverted

Select a filter that works in your situations. On the screen scree, you can also turn on a keyboard shortcut so that press the Windows key + Ctrl + C turn on or off color filters.

Select a color filter from the menu. Try each filter to see which one suits you best.

For some users, the Inverted filter might work just right.

That’s it!


This post showed you how to use Windows 11 color filters to help situations where users are having hard time seeing on the screen. You can use Windows color filters to help distinguish between things that differ only by color.

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