For people with a visual impairment, a high-contrast display can make help to make on-screen navigation easier and on a Chromebook, a high-contrast screen can be created by inverting the display’s color scheme. In this post, we’ll explore the benefits of a high-contrast display, and present a straightforward step-by-step process to set it up.
The Benefits of Inverting Colors on The Chromebook
Helpful for people with visual impairment
A white or light background with dark objects and text can be difficult for visually-impaired people to see, as the contrast is relatively subtle. When colors on a screen are inverted, it creates a more substantial contrast between objects, text, and the background. This makes the screen much easier to navigate, providing visually-impaired people with a working environment more appropriate for their needs.
A high-contrast screen can also be helpful for people without a visual impairment. There are some conditions, such as migraines, that can be exacerbated by glare from a predominantly white screen. By inverting the display’s colors, switching the dominant color palette from light to dark, the amount of glare is reduced, which can provide relief to people experiencing symptoms of these conditions.
Less strain on the eyes
Extensive use of a screen can cause strain on the eyes. Making an occasional switch to a high contrast palette can alleviate some of the burden on your eyes, particularly if you are spending a long time in front of a display. Over the long term, this may help to prevent associated medical conditions and reduce the amount of stress placed on your eyes.
How To Invert Colors on the Chromebook: Step by Step
Step 1: Finding Your Account Status Area
At the bottom right of your screen, you’ll find the status area, which contains some basic information such as the time and a network connection indicator. It will also have your Google account picture displayed. Click on that picture, and a new window will appear. This has the access to the settings you need.
Step 2: Navigate to Advanced Settings
In the new window, find and click on the gear pictogram which is the “Settings Tab”. In this menu, scroll to the bottom of the window and click the linked text entitled: “Show Advanced Settings”
Step 3: Enable High Contrast Mode
Within the advanced settings menu, scroll down to ‘Accessibility’ and click the checkbox marked ‘Use high contrast mode’. This should prompt the Chromebook to immediately invert the screen colors. If not, you may be required to complete the next step.
The Process Shortcut:
If you’ve forgotten again, here it is in short format:
Click Google Account Picture > Click Settings Gear > Advanced Settings > Accessibility > High Contrast Mode
Step 4: Exit The Settings Screen
If you are happy with the contrast and color settings, close the window by selecting the ‘X’ at the top of the screen. If your Chromebook has not yet inverted the screen colors, it will do so at this stage.
Bonus 1-Step Method!
Some Chromebook users have inadvertently set their display to an inverted color scheme, causing a frantic search for answers! You may be interested to discover that the high-contrast mode can be toggled with a simple shortcut:
Ctrl + Search + H
If your Chromebook does not have a search button, follow the comprehensive step-by-step guide above. This accessibility is one of many reasons to love the Chromebook!