Colors suddenly haywire in Windows 7.  Can I restore?

Posted on 2012-08-11
Last Modified: 2012-08-31

I am running Windows 7 and office 2010.

Last evening I had the following window open and must have inadvertently clicked something. I'm not sure what it was but suddenly all of the colors faded on my monitor and a small box saying "Please Wait" appeared. After several seconds, the box went away, and all of the colors on my monitor appeared as though they were just the opposite of what they should be (e.g. whites were blacks and blacks were whites, lights were darks and darks were lights, etc.). Fig.By the way, the color problem was apparent even in applications such as Excel, etc., (e.g. a newly launched spreadsheet appears black with white lines).

This morning, I restarted my computer and the situation persisted. As a result, I clicked the Aero Themes > Windows 7 (selected in screenshot above).  That fixed the majority of color issues but several others persist.  I tried a number of things but was unable to return to my original color scheme.

Can I just run a system restore and designate some time earlier in the evening to get back to the way things were? Would doing so likely resolve the problem? If so, how is that done and can the exact time for the restore be specified? Alternatively, is there a better or easier way to get back to the colors I'm used to?

Question by:Steve_Brady

    Author Comment

    For an example of the problems which persist, here is the current appearance of my Windows Explorer:Fig. 2
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    Accepted Solution

    All Programs > Accessories > Ease Of Access > Magnifier
    Just uncheck "Turn On Colour Inversion"

    You must have done it accidentally using some of these keyboard shortcuts
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    Assisted Solution

    Follow this guide....but turn off color inversion:
    How to Invert Colors on Windows 7

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