Change your Mac displays contrast

Jun 17, 2010 - 9 Comments

Something I never really paid much attention to was the software side of my displays contrast, something that you can change by using simple keyboard shortcuts:

Decrease display contrast: Command+Option+Control+,
Increase display contrast: Command+Option+Control+.

The default is set to the lowest level of contrast, and increases will generally wash out screen colors. The ability to change your displays contrast is actually part of the Universal Access utility in Mac OS X and is intended to aid those who are visually impaired in seeing things on the screen.

The screenshot below shows the Chrome browser looking at OS X Daily on the highest contrast:

mac screen high contrast

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Posted by: Manish Patel in Mac OS X


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  1. Bobby says:

    I like tricks and tips!!

    • Dustin says:

      What is good for? making websites unreadeble? Why i need to chane display contrast?
      Good trick for who?
      (Sorry about my English)

      • Will says:

        It’s mostly intended towards people with vision problems, but it’s actually useful for reading text in bad lighting situations too (like a laptop out in the sun)

  2. ygohome says:

    I didn’t understand these shortcut key presses…

    Decrease display contrast: Command+Option+Control+,
    Increase display contrast: Command+Option+Control+.

    is it just me, or are those both the same key presses

  3. Dzei says:

    Thank You for help!!!

  4. smk says:

    does it work for mountain lion also

  5. Indeed says:


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