In Windows 7, anyone can set their user profile to use high contrast mode, which is great if you need to use this accessibility feature. However, not everyone can turn off high contrast mode; depending on security settings this may need to be done by the system administrator.

If you find yourself in this situation, you can temporarily turn off high contrast mode by doing the following:

  1. Lock the screen (Windows key + L)
  2. Click `Ease of Access’ button on bottom left (button with a picture of a blue gear)
  3. Uncheck `See more contrast in colors (high contrast)’ checkbox
  4. Unlock screen

I say temporarily turn off because your account will use high contrast settings again next time you log in, so you will still need to ask your system administrator to turn this off permanently. However, this could make your computer easier to use until then.

  1. Gregory says:

    There must be a problem with the security settings. My computer will not reset even temporarily and the high-contrast setting isn’t checked.

  2. amir says:

    Amazing post, better that all the other crap out there with generic (non)-solutions.