Do you ever use your laptop in bad lighting situations or where there is a lot of glare? The propensity of PC manufacturers for glossy screens can make reflections a real problem. Windows 7 comes with several themes that provide high contrast and make it easier to read screens in bad lighting. There are various ways to reach the settings but here is a quick keyboard shortcut. Simultaneously hold down the three keys:
left Shift + left Alt + PrtScn
The dialog box shown below will appear. This shortcut can be used as a toggle to turn a high-contrast theme on and off. Click “Yes” to change the theme to high contrast. Repeating the keyboard shortcut will return you to your original theme.
Another way to access high-contrast themes
The standard Windows 7 comes with four high-contrast themes. The shortcut given above only toggles one of these, a black and white theme. To access all of the high-contrast themes, do the following:
- Right-click an empty spot on the desktop
- Click “Personalize”
- Scroll down in the window that is under “Change the visuals and sounds on your computer”
- Four high-contrast themes are listed at the bottom
- Click the one you want to try
- Don't forget which theme you are switching out of so you can return to it if you wish
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