How to Enable High Contrast Mode in Windows 10

Windows comes with a number of themes that provide high contrast mode.  They are useful when it is hard to read text on the screen because you need more color contrast. Also, high contrast mode is useful for users with visual impairment. Let's see how to enable high contrast mode in Windows 10.


High Contrast Mode is a part of the Ease of Access system in Windows 10. It includes many options to improve the usability of the operating system, especially for users with various health issues.

Windows 10 includes a few high contrast themes that provide a different look to the OS. The following screenshot demonstrates one of them:

Windows 10 High Contrast Mode

There are several ways to enable/disable the high contrast themes in Windows 10. Let's review them.

Enable High Contrast Mode in Windows 10

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Go to Ease of Access - High Contrast.
  3. On the right, turn on the option Turn on high contrast located under the section Use high contrast.Windows 10 Enable High Contrast Mode
  4. In the drop down list Choose a theme, you can select the following themes: High Contrast #1, High Contrast #2, High Contrast Black, High Contrast White. Choose some theme you like.Windows 10 Choose High Contrast Theme

Tip: There is a hotkey in Windows 10 that you can use to quickly enable High Contrast. Press the left Shift + left Alt + PrtScn keys together to toggle High Contrast on and off.

Turn on High Contrast Mode with Control Panel

The classic Control Panel app can be used to enable or disable High Contrast. Here is how it can be done.

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Click on Ease of Access.Windows 10 Control Panel Ease Of Access Icon
  3. In Ease of Access, click on the Ease of Access Center. Windows 10 Control Panel Ease Of Access Center Icon
  4. Click on the link Set up high contrast.Windows 10 Set Up High Contrast Link
  5. On the next page, click on the link Choose a High Contrast theme.Windows 10 Choose A High Contrast Theme Link

You are done.

Tip: You can open the classic theme browser dialog in Window 10 with the following command:

explorer shell:::{ED834ED6-4B5A-4bfe-8F11-A626DCB6A921}

This will open the classic Personalization dialog, where you can choose any of availably high contrast themes in Windows 10.
Windows 10 Classic Personalization Dialog

For more details, refer to the following articles:

That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

2 thoughts on “How to Enable High Contrast Mode in Windows 10”

  1. Unfortunately, after you disable high-contrast, it does not restore your custom desktop background, but substitutes one of the Win pics/.

  2. Well, i don’t know who actually uses it.

    But for me, if one uses theme like on the first screenshot, it will burn eyes in hours if not minutes.

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