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I am looking for a method to run my system in black and white; not all the time, but only during certain circumstances (i.e. when focusing on writing or dedicated reading). Is there any way of doing this on a computer running Windows XP that does not require any programming knowledge or implementation of difficult solutions? Any solution that requires significant extra memory usage or WinXP visual themes probably isn't going to cut it. I'm looking for a way to do this that converts my entire user interface to monochrome temporarily. Is this possible or is it just an anachronistic pipe dream?

I am using a Dell Latitude D400 laptop running WinXP Pro SP2, with Integrated Intel Graphics.
 

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Hello shoeshinesally and welcome to TSF !

Depending on your video drivers you may be able to play with some color saturation settings in the advanced display properties, but I don't think you'll have much luck with an integrated intel video.

You may find something that suits you in the high contrast modes in the accessibility options :
http://www.microsoft.com/enable/training/windowsxp/highcontrast.aspx
Click settings to access different color schemes.

Or some shell replacement utility could have a black & white color scheme. Be careful when installing one of these, make sure you've got the right one because they can be a pain to remove.
http://pcwin.com/popular/Windows_Shell-1.htm
http://www.dmoz.org/Computers/Software/Operating_Systems/Microsoft_Windows/Software/Alternate_Shells/

Maybe you'll find other clues in this thread :
http://episteme.arstechnica.com/6/ubb.x?a=tpc&s=50009562&f=67909965&m=4960941745&r=4960941745#4960941745
 

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Thanks for the quick reply.

You're right -- my graphics hardware and software can't do it. That was the first place I looked when trying this.

As for the high-contrast color settings, those work fairly well and I've been using them on and off since Windows 95. Not quite the sweeping solution I'd like, but still great.

I'll look into the other ideas you have suggested.
 
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