How to Invert Colors on Windows Vista

By Techwalla Computers Editor

Inverting or reversing the colors of your screen while running Windows Vista can come in handy when good lighting is not available, or if someone with a sight impairment needs to view your computer screen. Images in heightened contrast appear brighter.

Step 1

Run the Magnifier program located in the System32 folder, usually on your computer's C-drive. Two windows will open: one that magnifies the window you're working in, and another with Magnifier's options.

Step 2

Click the box that says "Invert Colors" in the "Presentation" part of the window. Close both windows and enjoy your inverted colors.

Step 3

Right-click the desktop and select "Personalize." Choose "Window Color and Appearance" or "Desktop Background." Both options will change your view; try one or both to get your best screen coloring. Inverting the contrast will alter the overall scheme, so you'll likely want to tweak the colors.

Step 4

Hit the "Alt," "Shift" and "Print Screen" at the same time. A window will pop up and ask if you want to switch to "High Contrast" mode. Choose "Yes." You may have to press the "Function" key to activate the "Print Screen" button.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also search for Magnifier using the "Search" function in the Start menu.