How to Put Chrome in High Contrast Mode

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If you have trouble reading on white backgrounds or require high-contrast to see clearly, you can use an extension to make text easier to read in Chrome. If you're using your laptop in a sunny area (ex: next to a window), having a light font on a dark web page can make it much easier to read. High Contrast, an extension made by Google, "inverts" colors so that white text shows up on black backgrounds.

 Here's how to install and use High Contrast:

 1. Click "Add to Chrome" on the High Contrast extension in the Chrome Web Store.

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 2. Click "Add extension" in the resulting pop-up.

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 3. Click on the new icon in the top right-hand corner of the browser. You will be able to pick a variety of options, including setting the color scheme to invert, grayscale, yellow on black or simply disabling the extension.

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 Pages will appear in the new color scheme (with the exception of photos). Click on the icon again at any time to change your settings, or use the keyboard shortcuts listed in the extension to make changes.


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  • a.k. segan Says:

    PS the first image he has posted of a website page showing a mix of image areas including part with a black background and white type, surrounded by areas of gray font on a white background. This image he shows is so small it's useless and does not provide any useful visual info for internet users. The 2nd image he shows, with white type on a black background, is also too small to be able to tell if this design layout (even if someone could figure out how to accomplish that) would be something that would be of visual interest for, to and with the hundreds of millions of people worldwide whose vision is harmed by the light-value, low-contrast gray font-type and text that is ubiquitious now throughout the internet (and which, sadly, has morphed into all manner and size of hardcopy publication graphic design, from small, e.g. business cards, to large, e.g. billboards and all manner and sizes in between. Even many art museums now, e.g. the Seattle Art Museum, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Seattle's Frye Art Museum, and Harvard's Fogg Art Galleries, to name but 4 examples among hundreds, and whose very reason for being in operation and business is visual culture and society, use anti-eye and vision health light-value, low-contrast type in their hard-copy exhibit signage, label copy signage, handout guide to gallery flyers and other hard-copy printed publications. Their embrace of the destruction of common-sense fundamentals of graphic design is a direct offshoot of Microsoft, Google and Facebook's war on optometry and optical dispensing.)

  • a.k. segan Says:

    A rather typicals, and very useless tutorial, by someone who is self-described as an accomplished high-tech computer and internet field person but who does not have a clue how to explain it to non-computer trained, regular people. He provides no explanation of what Google Extension is, nor what the so-called Chrome Web Store is, nor if there is a cost or if it's free. Comparably, he doesn't even bother to display visual examples of what the high-contrast type looks like that he posits to be offering info of (as the type in the paragraph of info that he shows is light-value, low-contrast and it itself an assuault on common-sense fundamentals of graphic design and the ongoing war on optometry, optical dispensing and eye- and-vision health of hundreds of millions of internet users worldwide, the anti-health campaign led by Google's Sundar Pichai and Microsoft's Bill Gates).

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