Windows Color Filters: A How-To Guide


In Windows 10 and 11, color filters were added as part of the ease of access feature to help user see and distinguish between colors on their screen. These color filters operate at the system level and contain numerous color filters that can change your screen to black and white, invert colors, and so on. These filters are intended to help persons who are colorblind discern between colors on their screen. Furthermore, persons with light or color sensitivity can simply employ these filters to make the text simpler to read, expanding Windows’ reach to much more users.

There are different types of color filters available in Windows 10 and 11 such as Greyscale, Invert, Greyscale Inverted, Deuteranopia, Protanopia, and Tritanopia.

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In this color filter guide, we will show you how to enable or disable color filters in Windows.

How to Enable or Disable Color Filters in Windows 11

See below the two methods to enable or disable color filter in Windows.

Method 1: Enable or Disable Color Filters through Setting and using Keyboard Shortcut

The color filters feature can access through the windows settings. You can change from the default grayscale color to any other color available in the color filters, which becomes the new default color. You may also use the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + Ctrl + C to switch on and off the color filters function, but you must first enable the Keyboard shortcut under the color filters settings.

Follow these steps to activate the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + Ctrl + C:

Press Windows Key + I to open Settings then click on Accessibility. From the right-hand menu, click on Color filter.


Click the toggle to turn-on the Keyboard shortcut for color filter. Now you can use the shortcut Windows Key + Ctrl + C keys to enable Color filter any time you want.

Visual impairment

Under the Color filters, select any color you want from the list. You can then use the shortcut key combination to turn on and off the color filters.

Display settings

The default filter will change to the selected filter which you can now turn on and off using the keyboard shortcut.

Note: The keyboard shortcut Windows Key + Ctrl + C keys only enable/disable the color filter that has been set in the settings. If you want to change the color filter to another color, go to the settings and change the color.

Method 2: Enable or Disable Color Filter Using Registry Editor

First, search for “Registry Editor” in the Start menu and run as administrator.

Color adjustments

Navigate to the registry folder path below:


Then Right-click on the “Microsoft” folder and select “New >> Key.”


Name the Key “ColorFiltering”. Then right-click on the ColorFiltering key then selects New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.


Name this newly created DWORD as Active then double-click on it to change its value according to one of the following options:

  • 1: Enable Windows Color Filters
  • 0: Disable Windows Color Filters

Again right-click on the ColorFiltering key then select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.


Name this DWORD as FilterType then double-click on it to change its value data to one of the following options:


The value data 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 represent the following:

  • 0 = Greyscale
  • 1 = Invert
  • 2 = Greyscale Inverted
  • 3 = Deuteranopia
  • 4 = Protanopia
  • 5 = Tritanopia

Click OK then close the registry and restart your PC to save changes for your Windows Color Filters.

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