8 Replies Latest reply: Oct 13, 2015 1:36 PM by appleglo
Mary C Hodges Level 1 (5 points)

I an trying to figure out any way, in the normal day to day activity to handle the insistence on lite blue, and grey text. I do have pretty normal sight, but within apps, or even Apple web pages, much of the text is too faint in it's lovely lite gray, to see without increasing the font size to 18 pt. Am I missing some really simple FIX?


Thanks so much.    mch

MacBook (13-inch Aluminum Late 2008), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Unggoy Murderer Level 1 (15 points)

    There is an option to enable a high-contrast view in OS X Mountain Lion. It is however, a global effect, so you can't modify specific regions.


    To enable a high contrast mode:


    > On the Dock, click Settings

    > In Settings, click on Accessibility (System Section, second icon from right)

    > Select Display from the list on the left side

    > Ensure the Invert Colors checkbox is checked.


    This setting will invert the colours on your screen:


    Black becomes white, white becomes black, blue goes to orange, green goes to purple. I'm not sure if it's the solution you're looking for, but it should help you increase readibility in some cases.


    If it does work for you, and you don't want to use it all the time, you can place a shortcut to the options in the menu bar:


    > On the Dock, click Settings

    > In Settings, click on Accessibility (System Section, second icon from right)

    > At the bottom of the window, select the Show Accessibility status in menu bar checkbox.


    Hope this helps you out!


    - Callum

  • linda25 Level 1 (0 points)

    I went to assessibily because i couldn''t read the light text and broken small  text. The text went to black and white text and black background, which i didn't know would happen. First i tried color sync and also tried making the windows text and photos bigger.  no luck.  now my screen is this crazy purple and white with black background and text and photos are white and light purple.  i would love to get my colors back.  What should i do?  i  still have the broken small white letters while trying to read the community pages.  i have a 13' macbook pro from 2010.  i added more memory and mountain lion worked well at first. Did i mess it up while trying to fix the color with colorsync?  Thank you for your help!! Reading your response about inverting colors, i think that is exactly what i did. 


    Thanks again for your help.



  • Mary C Hodges Level 1 (5 points)

    Linda, I'm so glad I'm not the only one with problems. My latest actions have hepled quite a bit, but I am far from an expert and when my KMUG gurus didn't find an easy way, I was at least given some works to search. These are not STEPS, to take, but ideas to try.


    My 2 computers were so far from Factory settings for the screen that I found a window within Color Sync Utility [ I believe that was my search phrase in Spotlight]. At any rate, one option, without losing my current, bad calibration settings, was Factory Setting. It seemed really yellow, and dark, but I tried it, and then followed the steps to calibrate Factory. By following the mysterious instructions, my screen looked more normal, BUT…the text looked much more readable. Apple still uses an annoyinly light gray text for most of its help, like at the bottom of this page, but I can at least see it with my aging eyes. Light blue and gray may be "arty", but it stinks for reading.!


    Hope this doesn't take you on a wild goose chase.



  • linda25 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have the same problem.  I went to displays and changed the colors in sys. prefs.  Hope it helps 



  • hartzogl Level 1 (0 points)

    Go to Apple System Preferences, Select Accessibility and slide the contrast to the right.  It brightens the background and automatically shows the text as darker.

  • Ticoromo1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Am I the only person annoyed at Apple's IPhone design team determining that light gray text on a white background is better for legibility? What were they thinking!!

  • Buddhadasa Level 1 (0 points)

    No, you're not "the only person annoyed at Apple's IPhone design team determining that light gray text on a white background is better for legibility?" Coping with near invisible light grey font is for me a major irritant.  Even this txt is too feint. One ought to be able to read at a glance and with ease, not peer at almost illegible greyed-out fonts. What were they thinking? I doub they were.

  • appleglo Level 1 (0 points)

    Me too!  Done everything...no good results.  Why oh why did Apple feel it necessary to change the font color!  Maddening!  If it's not broken, don't mess with it!