Although the default color scheme of the Windows 10/11 desktop is suitable for most people, as part of the accessibility experience, the computer system also includes four high contrast color themes designed for people with low vision (but anyone can use them). This article from MiniTool Partition Wizard tells you how to enable high contrast themes on Windows 10/11.

When the high contrast feature is enabled, elements such as text, links, buttons, and backgrounds will use a specific set of high contrast colors to make it easier to view and read content on Windows 10/11 and the Internet. You can even create and apply custom themes with custom colors that suit your needs.

Well, how to enable high contrast themes on Windows 10/11? Keep reading.

How to Enable High Contrast Themes on Windows 10/11?

Enable High Contrast Themes on Windows 10

To enable the Windows 10 high contrast themes, use the following steps:

Step 1: Press Windows + I key to open Settings and navigate to the Ease of Access > High contrast option.

Step 2: Toggle the Use high contrast on to turn on high contrast. Once enabled, you can pick Choose a theme to use one of the default contrast themes available.

turn on high contrast

Enable High Contrast Themes on Windows 11

To switch to one of the contrasting Windows 11 themes, use the following steps:

Step 1: Open Settings and navigate to the Accessibility > Contrast themes option.

click Contrast themes

Step 2: Under the Contrast themes settings, choose one of the available themes: Aquatic, Desert, Dusk, Night sky.

choose one of the available themes

Step 3: Click the Apply button.

Tip: There is another way to enable high contrast themes on Windows 10/11. Press the left Alt + left Shift + Print Screen keyboard shortcut to temporarily turn on and turn off the contrast theme. Then Click Yes, your display will be changed to the high contrast themes.

use shortcut to turn on the high contrast themes

After opening the high contrast theme, it is normal to see the "Please wait" screen for a few seconds while the system is applying changes.

How to Create Custom High Contrast Mode on Windows 10/11?

The following guide on how to create custom high contrast mode on Windows 10/11.

Create Custom High Contrast Mode on Windows 10

Step 1: Navigate to the Settings > Ease of Access > High contrast option.

Step 2: Select a colored square to custom contrast colors.

  • Use the Text settings to set the text color for Windows 10 and web pages.
  • Use the Hyperlinks settings to set the text color of links available on Windows 10 or web pages.
  • Use the Disable Text settings to change the text color of disable text throughout the experience.
  • Use the Selected Text settings to select the text color of the text selection.
  • Use the Button Text setting to set the button and the color of the text inside the button.
  • Use the Background settings to set the background for elements that display text on Windows 10.

custom high contrast

Step 3: Click the Apply button.

Create Custom High Contrast Mode on Windows 11

To create a custom high contrast theme on Windows 11, use the following steps:

Step 1: Navigate to the Settings > Accessibility > Contrast themes option.

Step 2: Under the Contrast themes settings, choose one of the available themes. For example, Desert. Then click the Edit button.

click the Edit button

Step 3: Select a colored square to custom contrast colors.

edit contrast theme

Step 4: Click the Save as button. Then name your high contrast theme.

name your high contrast theme

Step 5: Click the Save and apply button.

As you make changes, you will see a preview in the settings. After completing these steps, the high contrast theme will immediately apply to all customized settings.

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