Change Colour in Web Browsers Windows

How To Change Text And Background Colours

Some people find certain text and background colour combinations difficult to read, while others prefer to always have a specific colour, such as white text on a black background. These guides explain how you can change the text and background colours in your operating system (Windows or Mac) and browser to better suit your needs.

 

There are two ways to do this…

  • Change the colours on your computer “Change the settings in your operating system so that your chosen colours appear every time you use your computer.”
    1. This guide is different depending on your operating system (Windows or Mac). Please select from the options below:
      1. Windows 7
      2. Mac Os X

 

  • Change the colours in your browser “Choose your preferred text and background colours for whenever you visit websites in browsers such as Internet Explorer
    1. Windows

How to change your colours in web browsers for Windows

 

These pages explain step-by-step how to choose your preferred text and background colours for whenever you visit websites in web browsers running on Windows systems.

 

  • How to change the colours in Firefox 3 for Windows

 

Step 1: Open the ‘Colours’ window

Click on ‘Tools’ in the menu bar and then ‘Options’ from the drop-down menu. Or press Alt + T and then press O. This will open the ‘Options’ window shown in Fig 1.

 

Fig 1

Click the ‘Content‘ tab, or use the left and right arrow keys to cycle through the tabs until ‘Content’ is selected.

Click on the ‘Colours‘ button, or press Alt + C, to open the ‘Colours’ window shown in Fig 2.

Fig 2

If you want to use the same colour scheme as you are using for Windows, continue to Step 2. If you want to customise colours just for Firefox, go to Step 3.

Step 2: Use your Windows colour scheme in Firefox

To use your Windows colour scheme settings in Firefox, tick the box next to ‘Use system colours‘ by clicking on it, or by pressing Alt + S.

Untick the box next to ‘Allow pages to choose their own colours, instead of my selections above‘ by clicking on it, or by pressing Alt + A.

Click the ‘OK‘ button or press Enter to return to the ‘Options’ window (Fig 1). In the ‘Options’ window, click the ‘OK‘ button, or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press Enter to return to Firefox.

You should now see your colour settings. If you can’t see them, click on the ‘Reload current page‘ button (the curving arrow) on the Firefox toolbar, or press Ctrl + R, to reload the page with your colour settings.

Step 3: Choose your colours just for Firefox

In the ‘Colours’ window (Fig 2), make sure the ‘Use system colours‘ box is unticked. If it is ticked, click on it or press Alt + S to untick it.

To choose your text colour, click the colour box next to the ‘Text‘ header, then click on the colour you want to use from the pop-up colour palette as shown in Fig 3.

Alternatively, press Alt + T to highlight the ‘Text’ colour box and then press the Spacebar to bring up the colour palette shown in Fig 3. Use the arrow keys to navigate to the colour you want and then press Enter to choose it.

Fig 3

Using the same steps, you can also choose a background colour. (Press Alt + B to jump to the ‘Background’ colour box.) Note that you might not be able to see background images if you do this.

When you have chosen your colours, untick the box next to ‘Allow pages to choose their own colours, instead of my selections above‘ by clicking on it, or by pressing Alt + A.

Click the ‘OK‘ button or press Enter to return to the ‘Options’ window (Fig 1). In the ‘Options’ window, click the ‘OK‘ button, or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press Enter to return to Firefox.

You should now see your colour settings. If you can’t see them, click on the ‘Reload current page‘ button (the curving arrow) on the Firefox toolbar, or press Ctrl + R, to reload the page with your colour settings.

Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings cannot be changed due to local IT policies – contact your local IT support for further help.

 

  • Change your colours in Internet Explorer 5 or 6

 

Step 1: Open the ‘Accessibility’ window

Click on ‘Tools‘ in the menu bar and then ‘Internet Options‘ from the drop-down menu, or press Alt + T and then press O. You should now see the ‘Internet Options’ window shown in Fig 1.

Fig 1

If the ‘General‘ tab is not already selected, click on it, or press Ctrl + Tab to cycle through the tabs until it is selected.

Click on the ‘Accessibility‘ button, or press Alt + E, to open the ‘Accessibility’ window shown in Fig 2.

Fig 2

Step 2: Use your Windows colour scheme in Internet Explorer

To use your Windows system colours, tick the box next to ‘Ignore colors specified on webpages‘ by clicking on it, or press Alt + C to tick it.

Click the ‘OK‘ button or press Enter to return to the ‘Internet Options’ window (Fig 1). Internet Explorer should now be showing the colour scheme you have on your computer.

If you are happy with the way the colours look, click the ‘OK‘ button, or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press Enter, to return to Internet Explorer.

Otherwise, if you want to customise the text or background colours on the web page, continue to Step 3.

Step 3: Choose your colours just for Internet Explorer

In the ‘Internet Options’ window (Fig 1), click on the ‘Colors‘ button or press Alt + O. This will open the ‘Colors’ window shown in Fig 3.

Fig 3

To use your own colours, untick the box next to ‘Use Windows colors‘ by clicking on it, or press Alt + W to untick it.

To change the text colour, click the colour box next to ‘Text‘, or press Alt + T, to open the colour palette.

Select a colour by clicking on it, or use the arrow keys to highlight the colour you want and then press the Spacebar to select it. Click the ‘OK‘ button or press Enter.

Repeat this process to select your own colours by clicking on the colour boxes for ‘Background‘ (Alt + B), as well as ‘Visited‘ hyperlinks (Alt + I) and ‘Unvisited‘ links (Alt + N), if desired.

When you are happy with your colour choices, click ‘OK‘, or press Enter to return to the ‘Internet Options’ window (Fig 1). Internet Explorer should now be showing the colour scheme you have chosen.

Click the ‘OK‘ button, or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press Enter, to return to Internet Explorer.

Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings cannot be changed due to local IT policies – contact your local IT support for further help.

 

  • Change your colours in Internet Explorer 7

Step 1: Open the ‘Accessibility’ window

Click on ‘Tools‘ in the menu bar and then ‘Internet Options‘ from the drop-down menu, or press Alt + T and then press O. You should now see the ‘Internet Options’ window shown in Fig 1.

Fig 1

If the ‘General‘ tab is not already selected, click on it, or press Ctrl + Tab to cycle through the tabs until it is selected.

Click on the ‘Accessibility‘ button, or press Alt + E, to open the ‘Accessibility’ window shown in Fig 2.

Fig 2

Step 2: Use your Windows colour scheme in Internet Explorer

To use your Windows system colours, tick the box next to ‘Ignore colors specified on webpages‘ by clicking on it, or press Alt + C to tick it.

Click the ‘OK‘ button or press Enter to return to the ‘Internet Options’ window (Fig 1). Internet Explorer should now be showing the colour scheme you have on your computer.

If you are happy with the way the colours look, click the ‘OK‘ button, or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press Enter, to return to Internet Explorer.

Otherwise, if you want to customise the text or background colours on the web page, continue to Step 3.

Step 3: Choose your colours just for Internet Explorer

In the ‘Internet Options’ window (Fig 1), click on the ‘Colors‘ button or press Alt + O. This will open the ‘Colors’ window shown in Fig 3.

Fig 3

To use your own colours, untick the box next to ‘Use Windows colors‘ by clicking on it, or press Alt + W to untick it.

To change the text colour, click the colour box next to ‘Text‘, or press Alt + T, to open the colour palette shown in Fig 4.

Fig 4

Select a colour by clicking on it, or use the arrow keys to highlight the colour you want and then press the Spacebar to select it.

Click the ‘OK‘ button or press Enter.

Repeat this process to select your own colours by clicking on the colour boxes for ‘Background‘ (Alt + B), as well as ‘Visited‘ hyperlinks (Alt + I) and ‘Unvisited‘ links (Alt + N), if desired.

When you are happy with your colour choices, click ‘OK‘, or press Enter to return to the ‘Internet Options’ window (Fig 1). Internet Explorer should now be showing the colour scheme you have chosen.

Click the ‘OK‘ button, or press Tab until it is highlighted and then press Enter, to return to Internet Explorer.

Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings cannot be changed due to local IT policies – contact your local IT support for further help.

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