Grey type...

Steve Mutchler
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Seems like everything is a "medium grey" type...Web pages...Word on my PC... etc...
Google has an extension "High Contrast" that makes black type...but it also increases the contrast on pictures too much...
And this is NOT something that Windows Ease of Access tools will fix...
I have all my monitors at MAX contrast...and my type is always "grey"...

And Win 10 is worse than Win 7...

Is there a regedit somewhere that will increase the contrast of type ONLY...make grey type black...

I expect not...but  maybe for you programmers out there...come up with a little program to increase contrast of type
both on Web pages and in applications...I would buy it...

thanks...
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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1. Use the Clear Type settings on your computer to darken text.  Settings and type Clear Type into the Search bar.

2. Try Edge.   Contrast in Edge is much (vastly) better than Chrome. Google thinks people do not have to read anything.

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Thanks John...
I've gone thru Clear Type a few times...doesn't make much...if any...difference...
Edge is ok...but that doesn't help Word...Excel...etc...

This is an issue that affects most everything on a PC...
Remember back in W98 days...????....type was BLACK....and very easy to read....

I'll keep looking...
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The only contrast issue I have is with Chrome. Everything else is fine. Can you try an alternate display? Did you upgrade the video driver?
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Well...interesting...updated video driver and it made a "slight" improvement in IE...but not Chrome...and not sure about Firefox...there appears to be a smidgen of improvement...

I'm on Win 7 so Edge is not in my game plan...I do have 1 Win10 box but I seldom use it...

I have several Dell monitors of various sizes, models and age...attached to various computers...Win 7...Linux and one iMac...
Of the 5 Win 7 boxes I have...the greyness of the type is about the same...NOT an issue on the iMac...Linux about the same as my Win 7...

The High Contrast in Chrome puts my black type where I like it....or IMHO where is "should be" in terms of black...so I tend to use Chrome...

And maybe I'm wrong but of all maybe 100 win 10 systems I've set up for clients in the past couple years...it seems to me that the industry
is going with this "white page" notion and the type is becoming grayer...and thusly harder to read...AND...I wish I could point to my eyes as the issue...but I'm 20-20....so I don;t think that's it...

I wonder if other folks think the same way I do...
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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I do not have Windows 7 any more, and yes it does not have Edge. I am not sure what else given all you have tried. I will keep looking.

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Thanks for your time John...
Was playing around with Firefox...in Tools > General > Language and Appearance...
You can change fonts, type  color etc....The default type color is black...and in the example they
have to show how the black type will look.....it's a box of color....it is VERY black....
But all the type around it is a med to dark grey...

In the Option area of Firefox...there is NO BLACK TYPE anywhere...
Now...I am using Chrome at the moment to type a response to you...and the type is nice and black...very easy to read...
BUT i'm using chrome's increased contrast option...if I turn it off and go to "normal"...the white background greys down slightly and
all the nice black type is not a medium grey...

Sorry John...I'll get off my soapbox...and close this...
Thanks for the help...

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Thanks for the help John...
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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You are very welcome and I was happy to help you with this issue.

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