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How to use the high contrast themes in Windows 11

How to use the high contrast themes in Windows 11

Short guide

  1. Open the Accessibility settings by pressing the Windows key  + U. Click on Contrast themes.
  2. Look at the theme previews and select a theme from the Contrast themes drop-down menu. Click Apply.
  3. To customise a theme. Click the Edit button.
  4. Click on one of the six theme elements on the left-hand side, then select a new colour using the Colour Picker. Click Done.
  5. Once you’ve finished selecting colours, click the Save as button. Enter a name and click Save and apply.

Before and after

Windows 11 before and after a high contrast theme is applied

This section explains how to switch to a high contrast colour scheme and how to create your own custom schemes. This is a step-by-step guide with pictures of the screens to help.

Open the Accessibility settings

1. Open the Accessibility settings by pressing the Windows key  + U or clicking Start > Settings > Accessibility. Click on Contrast themes in the Vision section on the right.

Click on Contrast themes under Vision on the right

Preview the themes

2. The Contrast themes settings will appear, with a preview of the four built-in themes near the top.

The Contrast themes screen with previews of the four built-in themes

Select a theme

3. Select a theme by clicking on the Contrast themes drop-down menu. You’ll get a preview of your current selection in action. Click Apply.

Select a theme from the Contrast themes menu and click Apply

Creating custom themes

4. To customise a theme, click the Edit button.

Click the Edit button to customise the theme

Select new colours

5. Click on one of the six theme elements on the left-hand side, then select a new colour using the colour picker. Click Done when you’ve found the right colour.

Select a theme element then pick a new colour from the palette. Click Done.

Saving custom themes

6. Once you’ve finished selecting colours, click the Save as button to save your custom theme. Enter a name for your theme, and click Save and apply.

Click Save as, enter a name and click Save and apply

Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings are managed by someone else (an IT department or administrator for example) in which case you will need to contact them to access these settings or for further help.

Created on: November-03-2021

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