How to Adjust Windows 10 to Better Suite Colorblind Users. (Deuteranopia, Protanopia, Tritanopia)

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Jascha Luca
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20.11.2017
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If you or someone you know suffers from color blindness or another similar vision impairment, you will be happy to know that Windows 10 Fall Creators now has an expanded range of color settings to help people with color based vision disorders.   

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The Windows 10 Fall Creators update added quite a few cool new features and performance tweaks. The most notable of which being Ransomware Protection in Windows Defender and Power Throttling for Mobile devices which extends battery life. A little-known feature that was also updated is the ability to further Customize Windows color modes, allowing users with certain vision impairments like color blindness to tweak color setting for a far better experience.

For example, you can now use Windows preset color settings to accommodate Deuteranopia and Protanopia (both types of red-green color blindness) or Tritanopia (blue-yellow color blindness)

How to Setup Windows 10 For Deuteranopia, Protanopia and Tritanopia Color Blindness.

To change your Windows color modes to one of the new colorblind friendly options, you will need to do the following. First, open the Windows 10 Settings App, go to Ease of Access, then on the right-hand side of the page click on Color and High Contrast. Here you see a toggle called Apply Filter, enable it, then use the drop-down menu to select the color setting that best suits your needs. You can choose from Grayscale, Inverted, Grayscale, Deuteranopia, Protanopia and Tritanopia.

Note: Once you have the filter selected, you can use Windows Key + Ctrl + C shortcut to quickly toggle between enabled and disabled.

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Alternatives.

If you haven’t yet upgraded to Windows 10 Fall Creators or if you are on a different operating system, you also have the option to use a Chrome extension called Color Enhancer,  which does a similar job, however only supports colors displayed in Google Chrome.

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If you haven’t yet updated to Fall Creators or just don’t want to, you can also use a variety of different third-party tools that allow you to customize color modes. One of the most popular tools for Windows is Visolve which will allow you to filter colors in a similar way. In fact, if you are looking for more customization, Visolve is worth checking out. Just make sure to download the right version for your computer.

Hopefully, this guide has helped make your Windows experience a little better and as always, don’t forget to let us know in the comment section if you have found a better or alternative option to anything we have listed above.

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