High Contrast

High Contrast

Change or invert the color scheme to make webpages easier to read.

High Contrast
What is High Contrast?
"High Contrast" is a Chrome Extension designed for ease of reading. It applies various high-contrast color filters to web pages, effectively inverting colors where black becomes white and vice versa. This feature can be toggled on/off at ease and is customizable per-site basis. Unlike other extensions, it does not interfere with the site's default colors, hence preventing webpage breakages. However, it doesn't affect photos, built-in pages like New Tab, Settings page, and the Chrome Web store.
Users: 400,000+
Version: 0.9.5 (Last updated: 2024-05-23)
Creation date: 2016-11-08
Risk impact: High risk impact
Risk likelihood: Moderate risk likelihood
Manifest version: 2
  • <all_urls>
  • tabs
Size: 169.98K
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High Contrast
High Contrast (v0.9.3)
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High Contrast lets you browse the web with your choice of several high-contrast color filters designed to make it easier to read text.

When you install this extension, all pages are "inverted", so black becomes white and white becomes black. Press the "browser action" icon in the toolbar to toggle it on and off, or customize your settings on a per-site basis. Use a convenient keyboard shortcut to quickly change your settings while you browse.

Other extensions try to change the default colors, but this ends up breaking many popular websites. Only this extension applies filters to your page that invert almost everything - the only exception is photos, which are left alone.

Also note that the Chrome web store and other built-in pages like the New Tab page and Settings pages are unaffected - extensions like this one are not allowed to modify them, by design.

User reviews
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  • Helpful for visually impaired individuals
  • Customizable color settings
  • Useful for improving readability on websites
  • Frequent issues with working after Chrome updates
  • Limited options for customization
  • May invert images as well as text
Most mentioned
  • Stopped working
  • Inverted colors
  • Useful for visually impaired individuals
Recent reviews
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by Kenya Otterholt Kenya Otterholt, 2024-06-08

Stopped working today on my Win10 laptop 23/05/24! Still OK on my Win11 laptop?? Happened after updating Chrome! More info:- Settings defaulted to Inverted Color and the extension doesn't work whatever options selected??? Update 28/05/24: Working fine today!
by MC Wong MC Wong, 2023-07-22

Resolved! After further twiddling, I found a switch at the the 3-dots on the taskbar to open the menu to customize Chrome>Extensions>Manage Extension>select the High Contrast one>click on Details and find the switch to turn on Pin To Task Bar. There are numerous other switches there to play with, too, but they seem to be set to a favorable default and I left them alone. The extension now worked on Gmail, Google search screens and web pages, but it doesn't work on this or other primary Chrome sites such as you home screen. ***Original post*** I've used this extension for several years and it is a little quirky at time. It seems after an update of Chrome or sometimes simply closing the program it loses its memory and takes several days before it will respond. However, as of May 22, it lost all access. I uninstalled and reinstalled it, and the icon appeared on the taskbar at the end of the process while an instructional overlay was hanging there, but as soon as I clicked on the icon as instructed everything disappeared and neither Shft+11 or +12 produced any access or result.
by Don Buelke Don Buelke, 2024-05-24
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Risk impact

High Contrast is risky to use as it requires a number of sensitive permissions that can potentially harm your browser and steal your data. Exercise caution when installing this extension. Review carefully before installing. We recommend that you only install High Contrast if you trust the publisher.

Risk likelihood

High Contrast is probably trust-worthy. Prefer other publishers if available. Exercise caution when installing this extension.

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