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This page explains step-by-step how to change the background color of the desktop and folder windows, as well as how to use high-contrast color schemes.


Use the high-contrast color scheme

Step 1: Open the "Universal Access" window

Make sure you are in "Finder." If necessary, press Apple+Tab to cycle through the open applications until you return to "Finder."

Click on the "Apple" icon on the menu bar or press Ctrl+F2.

Click on "System Preferences," as shown in fig. 1, or press the down arrow key to highlight it and then press Enter.

fig. 1

System Preferences

In the "System Preferences" window (shown in fig. 2), click on the "Accessibility" icon.

fig. 2

Accessibility

In the "Universal Access" window (shown in fig. 3), make sure the "Display" tab is selected.

Step 3: Set the display to grayscale

Under the "Display" header, tick the box next to "Use grayscale."

The color scheme will change straight away. To turn it back to the standard display, untick the box by clicking on it.

When you are finished, click on the window's red close button or press Apple+W.

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.

fig. 3

Using Grayscale

Change the desktop background color

Step 1: Open the "Desktop & Screen Saver" window

Make sure you are in "Finder." If necessary, press Apple+Tab to cycle through the open applications until you return to "Finder."

Click on the "Apple" icon on the menu bar or press Ctrl+F2.

Click on "System Preferences," as shown in fig. 1, or press the down arrow key to highlight it and then press Enter.

fig. 1

System Preferences

In the "System Preferences" window (shown in fig. 2), click on the "Desktop & Screen Saver" icon.

fig. 2

System Preferences: Desktop & Screen Saver

In the "Desktop & Screen Saver" window (shown in fig. 3), make sure the "Desktop" tab is selected.

Step 2: Select a color for the desktop

In the pane on the left, click on "Solid Colors" in the "Apple" folder, as shown in fig. 3.

fig. 3

System Preferences: Desktop Colors

Click on the color you want (there's no keyboard shortcut). As soon as you make a choice, the background color changes straight away.

When you are finished, click on the window's red close button or press Apple+W.

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.