Colour blindness affects roughly 1 in 12 men and 1 in 200 women around the world, for an overall average of 4.5%. Colour blindness makes it difficult for people to identify the differences between certain colours. This can make reading or identifying fine details difficult if the colours used are the colours that you find hard to differentiate. More and more software developers are adding filters to help support colour blind users. Helpfully, Windows can apply colour blind filters system-wide, even for those apps that don’t have a setting for it themselves. This guide will walk you through setting up a colour blindness filter in Windows 10.
The quick way to access the colour blindness filters is to press the Windows key, then type “Filters” and hit enter. This will take you to the “Colour filters” tab under “Ease of Access” in the Settings app.
Unfortunately, to configure which filter to apply, you must enable filters first. To do this click the On/Off slider so it is in the “On” position. Now select which filter you want to apply. The top three filters are not colour blindness-related. The bottom three filters are labelled with the type of colour blindness that they are designed to counter. Select the filter that you want by clicking anywhere on the relevant text and it will instantly apply system-wide.
Tip: If you aren’t sure which type you are exactly, you can try the different settings to see which one is most comfortable for you!
This filter will apply to all apps, not just Microsoft ones or apps from the Microsoft Store. It’s recommended that you either disable colour blind modes in other apps if you use the Windows filter. This is because the effects will stack and interfere with each other – you’ll end up with something quite distorted if you layer filters.