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High Contrast Mode

Every once in awhile I come across a tip that turns out to be far cooler than I thought it was going to be. Today’s tip is a great example of that. If your eyesight isn’t quite what it used to be, then here’s a trick I’d like you to try. It’s called “High Contrast” mode.

How do we do this, then?

Press: Left Shift+Left Alt+Print Screen

Got that? A window will pop up, asking you if you’d like to turn this mode on. Go ahead and click “Yes”. Your desktop will undergo a magical transformation. Text will turn white, the background will turn black and you may see things a little clearer than you used to.


If you don’t like it, just repeat the key combination and everything will go back to normal. This tip applies to both XP and Vista. Give it a try!