If you are straining a bit to read text that seems to blend into the background, it might be helpful to increase the contrast.

Windows and Mac computers have different contrast features.

Windows desktop with high contrast applied.

Contrast (Windows)

Turning on the Contrast feature in Windows changes the visual theme. The first time you turn it on, it will be high contrast black text on a white background, but you can change the colors to meet your needs.

A Mac desktop with high contrast settings applied.

Contrast (Mac)

Turning on the Contrast feature on a Mac shifts the colors on the screen to increase contrast beyond the standard colors. The amount of contrast can be adjusted to meet your needs.

How to

Turn the contrast feature on and off

The Contrast button toggles the contrast features on and off.

  1. Open the MorphicBar
  2. Click the button called “Contrast”

When contrast is turned on, the colors of the screen should change or shift.

When contrast is turned off, the colors of the screen should return to standard colors.

Windows only: Do you want different colors?

Change colors (Windows only)

Windows allows you to select the colors that make it easier for you to read.

  1. Open the MorphicBar.
  2. Right-click the “Contrast” button.
  3. Click “Settings” on the menu, which will open the High Contrast settings in Windows.

Windows will remember the settings that you make for the next time.


High Contrast settings panel in Windows 10.

To make changes to the contrast settings in Windows, you will need to turn on high contrast.

In the Choose a theme drop-down menu, there are several popular high contrast choices. Select one to see it applied.

You can also pick colors for different parts of the Windows interface: text, hyperlinks, disabled text, selected text and highlight, button text and color, and background color. If you make custom changes to the colors, try them by clicking the “Apply” button.

Despite the High Contrast name, some people use these settings to make their display lower contrast, such as black text on brown or dark gray on light gray.

Adjustments available on Mac computers

Changing settings on Mac

  1. Open the MorphicBar.
  2. Right-click the “Contrast” button.
  3. Click “Settings” on the menu, which will open the Accessibility Display preferences.

You can turn on invert colors, turn on increase contrast, and adjust the display contrast with the slider.

Accessibility Display preferences window in Mac OS.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Why does my app not show up using the colors I selected?

Unfortunately, not every app follows the Windows contrast settings. You may be able to use a different app: for example, the Chrome browser displays in the standard colors while Edge uses your preferences.

One of my apps got stuck in the high contrast color scheme. What can I do?

Most apps will change colors right away when you change the contrast settings in Windows. If not, you can try closing the app and opening it again.

How can I adjust the screen for lower contrast? It makes reading easier on my eyes.

In Windows, you can change each of the colors used in apps. Right-click the “Contrast” button on the MorphicBar and click “Settings” on the menu. Turn on high contrast and adjust the individual colors.

Mac computers do not have a simple way to reduce contrast. You might try turning down your screen brightness. You can also turn on the Night Shift feature on the Mac, which reduces contrast slightly (learn more about Night Mode with Morphic). Mac Color Filters also provides an option to Color Tint the screen, which might be useful (learn more about Color Filters with Morphic).