How to enable grayscale mode on Windows 10


The grayscale mode can be used to give your computer a… somewhat old fashioned look. It’s also used for easier access for visually impaired users, and grayscale isn’t the only one. We made an article reviewing them all here. Others include ‘Inverted’,’Grayscale Inverted’, ‘Deutranopia’, ‘Tritanopia’ and, ‘Protanopia’ Were you using your PC normally and then all of a sudden everything turns black and white? Don’t worry – here is how to disable (or enable) it in Windows 10.

How to enable the keyboard shortcut

There are a few ways to enable or disable grayscale mode on your PC, one of which being the keyboard combination. Upon pressing CTRL + Windows Key + C, this should disable your grayscale mode (or enable it). Please note:  In later versions of Windows, you need to enable this key command which can be found below.

If you are looking for how to change your contrast / high contrast mode on or off, then this article may be better suited for Microsoft. 

What to do if this doesn’t work?

If this above doesn’t seem to be working for you, you can do it through the Windows 10 search/settings panel. 

  • Search for ‘Color (or ‘Colour’) filters’ within your Windows search.
Windows Search Colour Filter
Windows Search Colour Filter
  • Click on “Turn color (color) filters on or off.
Turn colour filters on or off
Turn color filters on or off
  • Once in the settings, If not enabled, you can click on “Turn on color/color filters” to turn it on
Enable color features
Enable color features
  • Pick a filter! You can pick from any of the 6 available filters!

(If you’re wanting to toggle this on and off using the CTRL + Windows Key + C shortcut, you may need to enable it in the above menu. It should be called a tickbox called ‘Allow the shortcut key to toggle on or off’. 

After doing so, should allow you to not only turn on/off the color filter but may also allow other commands to work that you may not have had access to previously.

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