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When you use Windows 10 and press many keys on your keyboard without paying attention, you can make your screen turn from color to black and white. This change is sudden, and you did not do anything to cause it except pressing some keys on your keyboard. Here is how to fix this issue and what causes it:

While working on your Windows 10 PC, the screen switched from color to black and white, or grayscale, like in the screenshot below. You have no idea what caused this and restarting Windows 10 does not fix the problem.

Windows, black and white, grayscale, screen

Also, if you update your video card drivers, nothing changes. Fortunately, the solution is fast and easy. You do not have to waste any time reinstalling or updating drivers or Windows 10.

The solution: disable the Windows 10 color filters

The easy way is to press the following keyboard shortcut: Windows + CTRL + C. Your screen gets back to color again. If you press Windows + CTRL + C, it turns black and white again, and so on. This keyboard shortcut enables or disables color filters for the screen. These are created for people with sight problems so that they can enable a certain filter and better see what is on the screen.

To disable the active grayscale color filter, you can also use the mouse or touch: open Settings and go to Ease of Access.

Windows, black and white, grayscale, screen

Then, in the column on the left, choose Color & high contrast.

Windows, black and white, grayscale, screen

On the right side of the Settings window, look for the switch that says “Apply color filter,” and set it to Off.

Windows, black and white, grayscale, screen

Now the screen gets back to color.

Why did the color change happen?

This problem happened without realizing it, because you pressed the Windows + CTRL + C keyboard shortcut and activated the grayscale color filter in Windows 10. As you can see, disabling this filter is fast and easy. If you enjoyed this tutorial, don’t hesitate to read the others we recommend below.