How to Disable (or Enable) Grayscale Mode in Windows 10

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You're working diligently on your PC when, all of a sudden, the entire screen turns to grayscale. Did your screen magically transform into an old, black and white TV when you weren't looking? No, you probably just hit a key combination that enables Windows 10's built-in color filters. 

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The simplest way to go from grayscale  to full color mode is to hit CTRL + Windows Key + C, which should work right away. If you hit the same key combination again, you'll go back to grayscale.

Windows 10 has a grayscale mode, because some visually impaired or color blind users have an easier time working with a different color scheme. In addition to grayscale, you can also choose among five other different filters, including "Inverted," "Grayscale Inverted" and "Protanopia," a filter for red-green color blindness.  To choose a color filter:

1. Type "color filter" into the Windows search box.

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2. Click "Turn color filters on or off."

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3. Toggle "Turn on color filters" to On.

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4. Pick a filter.

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You can always toggle the filter on and off, using Windows Key + CTRL + C.

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5 comments
  • Baron Says:

    I have dual monitors, if I want to enable one monitor with grayscale only. Is this possible?

  • Daniel Says:

    Hmm, the keyboard shortcut used to work, but now it doesn't...

  • Gretchen Says:

    Thank you SOOOO much!!!! The CTRL+windows button+C is what worked for me. It instantly showed color and surprised me. Thanks!!!!

  • Mohsin Says:

    Thanks a lot, this helped after a long search, just the combo keys Windows + Ctrl + C worked!

  • Farhan Afnan Iskandar Says:

    I thought it was another weird bad dream after getting awake or my laptop got broken. Thanks

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