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NegativeScreen is a Windows application allowing you to invert your screen colors.
Apart from accessibility matters, this software is especially useful when you are surfing on the internet in a dark room, and the screen is dazzling you.

NegativeScreen was designed to work without impacting the performances and fluidity of your computer.
Unlike the Windows Magnifier, which is also capable of such color inversion, it was specifically designed to be easy and convenient to use.

Different inversion modes are provided, including “smart” modes, allowing blacks and whites inversion, while keeping colors (about) the sames.


Simple Inversion

Smart Inversion




The color inversion takes effect immediately after starting the program.

NegativeScreen comes with a minimal graphic interface in the form of a system tray icon with a context menu.
You can toggle the inversion by clicking the tray icon, and access more features by right clicking it.

Along with these commands, you can also control NegativeScreen only by using hot keys. Read on…


Default hot keys

Win+Alt+H: Halt immediately the program
Win+Alt+N: switch between normal mode and colors inversion mode (Night vision :))

Win+Alt+F1-to-F11: change inversion mode:

F1: standard inversion
F2: smart inversion 1 – theoretical optimal transformation (but ugly desaturated pure colors)
F3: smart inversion 2 – high saturation, good pure colors
F4: smart inversion 3 – overall desaturated, yellows and blues plain bad, actually relaxing and very usable
F5: smart inversion 4 – high saturation, yellows and blues plain bad, actually quite readable
F6: smart inversion 5 – not so readable, good colors. (CMY colors a bit desaturated, still more saturated than normal)
F7: negative sepia
F8: negative gray scale
F9: negative red
F10: red
F11: grayscale

Keep in mind you can always change these defaults by editing the configuration file.



The version 2.0 (and 1.13) introduces a configuration file allowing to tweak almost everything in NegativeScreen.

You can now choose your own hot keys if you don’t like the defaults, and you can even add you own color effects!
This requires some knowledge in color matrices though.
I may add an easy way to build some in a future version…

If the configuration file (negativescreen.conf) is missing, you can use the “Edit Configuration” menu to regenerate the default one.

Should something go wrong after edition (bad hot key…), you can simply delete the configuration file, the internal default configuration will be used.


Windows XP Version


Unfortunately, the Windows Magnification API this application uses, is not available on Windows XP.
Therefore, I’m sorry to tell, there will be no XP compatible version of NegativeScreen.




NegativeScreen is freely available, along with its source code, under GPL license.


Latest binary version (if you don’t know what to download, take this one)

Legacy binary version (no GUI, but works under Windows Vista)

C# sources

ColorMatrix Viewer. Another program to easily view and edit color matrices…


► ChangeLog (click to unfold)

Version 2.5, 2017-05-28
- [fixed] when an instance is already running, enable its color effect instead of showing an unhelpful message about it
- [fixed] no longer crash when trying to set a color effect while the Windows Magnifier color inversion is enabled
- [added] a basic web api is now part of NegativeScreen! See the readme for more information
- [added] new EnableApi configuration option, defaults to false
- [added] new ApiListeningUri configuration option, defaults to listening on port 8990, localhost only
- [added] new About window, available from the systray menu
- [added] add a retro-compatible user-specific fallback location for the configuration file:
		- if the file "%AppData%/NegativeScreen/negativescreen.conf" exists, it will be used in priority.
		- if the "negativescreen.conf" file beside the executable cannot be modified,
			trying to edit the current configuration will result in a configuration in AppData being created.

Version 2.4, 2014-11-30
- [fixed] force the working directory to be the one of the executable (so the .conf file is found when starting from the cli)

Version 2.3, 2014-03-28
- [fixed] crash if more than one custom color effect is added without an associated hot key
- [added] (re)added the ShowAeroWarning configuration option from the version 1.*
- [added] check box next to the current color effect in the right click menu

Version 2.2, 2013-02-17
- [fixed] avoid crash if a hot key cannot be registered
- [added] new ActiveOnStartup configuration option

Version 2.1, 2012-12-22
- [fixed] crash on Windows 8 due to inter-threads calls
		(this was not a problem on Windows 7)
- [added] new MainLoopRefreshTime configuration option

Version 2.0, 2012-12-14
Major update:
	- reworked entirely
	- better performances
	- smooth transitions
	- graphic interface (minimal)
	- configuration file:
		- fine grained configuration
		- custom hotkeys
		- custom color effects

Version 1.14, 2014-11-30
- [fixed] force the working directory to be the one of the executable (so the .conf file is found when starting from the cli)

Version 1.13, 2013-07-04
- [added] implemented the configuration file for the version 1.*
- [added] configuration option to disable the message warning about aero being disabled

Version 1.12, 2012-12-14
- [fixed] crash on Windows 8

Version 1.11, 2012-06-26
- [added] new red and negative red filters bound on F9 and F10

Version 1.10, 2012-05-15
- [fixed] infinite flickering on Vista (introduced in 1.8)

Version 1.9, 2012-04-16
- [fixed] stupid bug if the Windows taskbar is vertical
Version 1.8, 2012-03-22
- [fixed] execution is no longer prevented if aero is disabled (previous bug corrected)
		however, the performances will still be horrible

Version 1.7, 2012-03-21
- [fixed] works as expected when using custom DPI settings
Version 1.6, 2012-02-27
- [fixed] crash on X86 on launch
- [fixed] prevent execution if aero is disabled
		(prevent undesirable behaviours: black screens, 100% CPU usage...)

Version 1.5, 2012-02-16
- [fixed] (internal) ColorMatrix implementation
- [added] new feature: choice between 9 inversion modes
		(smart mode, etc... see readme for details)

Version 1.4, 2012-02-09
- [fixed] does not crash anymore on Windows Vista

Version 1.3, 2012-02-01
- [fixed] multi-screen should finally work!
		after a lot of tests and coding, I re-thought completely the architecture
- [knownbug] in some screen configurations, if the primary screen if smaller than the other screen,
		 the second larger screen has a black border at its bottom.
		 It could be a bug in the Windows API...

Version 1.2, 2011-09-18
- [fixed] multi-screen support (again) : bug with main screen on the right

Version 1.1, 2011-09-13
- [fixed] multi-screen support
- [fixed] when halted while paused, the application never stopped

Version 1.0, 2011-09-06
- Initial release

If you are interested in technical details, you can read the following post, recounting the development of this project (in French).

  • #1 written by Fredigar
    about 3 years ago

    This is a really awesome program!

    Unfortunately, it makes my 32x Vista laptop run very slowly. I wanted it to conserve battery power while reading pdfs (so the majority of the screen was black, and I could turn the brightness down).

    I have yet to test it, but I think the power saved by the screen would be lost by the program clogging the CPU

    • #2 written by Yaurthek
      about 3 years ago

      Yes, NegativeScreen is rather CPU/GPU intensive, and is really not intended to save battery.

      • #3 written by Jack Straight
        about 3 years ago

        Takes a while for Windows on startup, but I see no increase in CPU usage.

  • #4 written by nonaned
    about 3 years ago


    Could you tell me what the settings
    SmoothTransitions, SmoothToggles, MainLoopRefreshTime do?

    • #5 written by Yaurthek
      about 3 years ago

      SmoothTransitions enables or disables interpolation (“smoothness”) when you switch color effects.
      SmoothToggles enables or disables interpolation when you enable or disable the current color effect.
      MainLoopRefreshTime controls the time between each iteration of the main loop, that is, the loop processing all the user inputs (hot keys…) to pause, toggle, or switch color effects accordingly. This parameter is now pretty much useless and I should probably remove it, but it used to be very important in the first version because it was directly tied to the performance of the program, as it was also controlling the refresh rate of the color effect.

      • #6 written by CowInATeeShirt
        about 3 years ago

        Hello, I wanted to use this program and it worked really well, except, even when I turn off the program, it makes some of the youtube videos that I watch into black and white. Also even after I turn off my computer and I still havent opened it and go directly to youtube, it will keep turning some videos to black and white. This gets extremely frustrating to me because I get really bored of these videos because they are just stuck in black and white. PLEASE help me

        • #7 written by Yaurthek
          about 3 years ago

          Err, I’m sorry, but turning youtube videos into black and white is not something NegativeScreen can do. You probably have another thing going on…

          • #8 written by CowInATeeShirt
            about 3 years ago

            Well it was worth asking, and its also affecting my videos in my computer and the media players. I think it got imbedded somewhere in the sortof thing cause I closed out of it a wierd way. Is there anyway you could tell me what the process is called so I could stop it on start up?

          • #9 written by Yaurthek
            about 3 years ago

            Well, it’s NegativeScreen.exe I guess… Did you edit the configuration file? If so, there is an option to make the program start with Windows. But you didn’t activate it yourself, it’s not automatic…

  • #10 written by yolo
    about 3 years ago

    You have SAVED my eyes!
    Thank you sir or ma’am!

    I’m recommending

  • #11 written by Daniel
    about 3 years ago

    Hi, loving negativescreen!, is there a way to leave the blacks black while inverting the whites to black?, y like keeping the colours, just hate bright whites

    • #12 written by Yaurthek
      about 3 years ago

      You can tweak the pixels’ brightness globally, but not just for a specific color, so I don’t think you can achieve what you want easily.
      Well, technically, there is a way: it’s called a black screen 😀
      More seriously, you could try to fiddle with this:
      For example, try this matrix:
      { 1.0, -1.0, -1.0, 0.0, 0.0 }
      { -1.0, 1.0, -1.0, 0.0, 0.0 }
      { -1.0, -1.0, 1.0, 0.0, 0.0 }
      { 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 1.0, 0.0 }
      { 0.5, 0.5, 0.5, 0.0, 1.0 }

  • #13 written by MyName
    about 3 years ago

    Fantastic app. It relaxes my eyes so much, Thank you!! 🙂

  • #14 written by Santiago
    about 3 years ago

    I haven’t used Windows for like 6 years, now because of a manfacturer no longer supporting a linux toolchain I had to switch to Windows. How used I was to Negative from compiz that I took it for granted.

    You Sir are an EYE saver. Love this program!

  • #15 written by Pablo Carpio
    about 3 years ago

    Hi there, nice program, I have a question, are you emulating the magnifier inverse color by any chance?

    I just want to emulate the inverse color from my c# program, if you can point me to any tutorial I’ll appreciate


    • #16 written by Yaurthek
      about 3 years ago

      I’m using the exact same API the Windows Magnifier uses.
      The old API has a flag to invert colors automatically, otherwise you have to apply a color matrix manually. NegativeScreen comes with a bunch of predefined matrices if you are interested, and the C# method definitions to use the native Windows functions.
      If you just want to apply a color matrix to an image, see the ApplyColorMatrix method here.
      BTW, the msdn documentation is also very nice…

  • #17 written by Åsmund Hjulstad
    about 3 years ago

    I am using this on Windows 7, laptop connected to normal LCD monitors. In all the smart inversion modes, the text becomes slightly blurry, like some sort of chromatic aberration; the white characters are slightly pink on the left side and blue on the right side. In the simple inversion mode, text is clear.

    Any thoughts on how to fix this?

    • #18 written by Yaurthek
      about 3 years ago

      Unfortunately, this is what happens when ClearType, the Microsoft’s font smoothing technology, is enabled, and a smart inversion mode is used…
      There is no way I know of to fix this problem. I tried several things to disable ClearType entirely when NegativeScreen is active, but firstly, some applications don’t respect the system wide setting, and secondly, the text is still more readable with ClearType enabled and a redish blur around the letter than without it.

      • #19 written by Guy Bailey
        about 3 years ago

        I noticed that if you run the ClearType tuner, there are modes* that look quite good under the Smart Inversion matrix, and it still looks OK in normal mode. It may be possible to save/restore the ClearType tunings when the various modes are changed.

        I also noticed that the angle of the monitor really helps with the red outlines if you don’t want to run the ClearType tuner.

        * I assume this is some kind of gray scale ClearType mode

        • #20 written by Yaurthek
          about 3 years ago

          Nice find!
          I’ll see what I can do about automating the change in NegativeScreen as you suggested…

  • #21 written by dale
    about 3 years ago

    Sorry. I see that others have asked about this already.


  • #22 written by dale
    about 3 years ago

    For starters, awesome app!
    Now I am just wondering if there is a way for it to only apply to a specific monitor (of two). Or to apply only to a specific program ( the new eye bleeding outlook 2013).

    Thanks for the good work:)

  • #23 written by Pragy Agarwal
    about 3 years ago

    Incredibly useful!
    Thanks for this awesome little piece of software. 🙂

  • #24 written by User
    about 3 years ago

    Hey, diggin’ the software, but it doesn’t work if the monitor is in portrait mode! Give it a shot, if you can fix this, I would really appreciate it. Right now I have to choose between decent colors or decent screen layout.


    • #25 written by Yaurthek
      about 3 years ago

      Thanks for the report.
      Yeah, I’m aware of the problem, but as it’s a bug in the api I use I can’t do much :/ (Not convinced? try to open the Windows Magnifier and invert the colors while in portrait mode.)
      A workaround has been found to work for some people though: dragging a window to the bottom of the screen below the dead zone makes it work again. Not ideal, I know. It might not even work for you. Sorry.

  • #26 written by Carlos
    about 3 years ago


  • #27 written by why
    about 3 years ago

    I cannot get this to work after I downloaded the file. I am running windows 7 and I extracted all files after the download. then I clicked on the .exe file not the x86.exe and the program worked fine and I was able to switch between colors and then I closed it with win+alt+H now i cannot get the colors to invert anymore help please. Thank you.

    • #28 written by Yaurthek
      about 3 years ago

      When pressing win+alt+H you are effectively closing the program, so it is normal it doesn’t work anymore. You have to re-start it, by double clicking on the .exe file again…

  • #29 written by Will
    about 3 years ago

    Is there a way to modify it to work on only a section of the screen? I have an old monitor that has a permanent inverted vertical strip about 1″ wide. If this program could be made to work on only that malfunctioning region it would be just what I need.

    • #30 written by Yaurthek
      about 3 years ago

      That would technically be possible with NegativeScreen v1.* and the API it uses, but I consider this feature too far from the original goal of NegativeScreen to implement it.
      This is an open source project though, so you or anyone knowing how to code could fork it and do pretty much whatever they please with it… I’m aware that’s probably not the answer you were expecting. Sorry…

  • #31 written by BRIAN
    about 3 years ago

    I ‘edited’ config file to this;
    Negative Green=win+alt+F9
    { 0.0, -0.3, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0 }
    { 0.0, -0.6, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0 }
    { 0.0, -0.1, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0 }
    { 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 1.0, 0.0 }
    { 0.0, 1.0, 0.0, 0.0, 1.0 }

    but F9 is still Red

    • #32 written by Yaurthek
      about 3 years ago

      Well, did you forget to restart NegativeScreen by any chance?

    • #33 written by BRIAN
      about 3 years ago

      I have restarted computer, which makes be double click to open program again.

  • #34 written by TKP
    about 3 years ago

    One window is behaving weirdly with NegativeScreen. There is a screenshot at the web address above. It’s an in-house program and It uses transparency and that may be the problem. There is the ghost of a window that was on top of it and was minimized. The ghosting doesn’t show with normal colours. Is there any way of turning off transparency for windows and still keeping NegativeScreen operating?

    • #35 written by Yaurthek
      about 3 years ago

      Mmmh that’s strange.
      Maybe it’s related to the (unconventional?) way the transparent window is implemented…
      Maybe it’s some kind of bug in the Desktop Window Manager both the transparent window and NegativeScreen use, I don’t know.

      What do you mean turning off transparency for windows? If you are talking about Aero, NegativeScreen works way better with GPU acceleration, but you could try the legacy version that can run without it.
      I believe it’s also possible to disable transparency while keeping Aero enabled, but I’m not sure it would be useful in your case where the transparent window seems to be independent of Aero…

  • #36 written by Drew
    about 3 years ago

    I finally uploaded my Chrome extension to the Chrome web store. It is a fork of Deluminate designed to be used together with NegativeScreen. The purpose is to fix inverted images while leaving everything else inverted, or to de-invert certain web pages that already have a black background before using NegativeScreen. There are several options that will make sense if you are already using NegativeScreen. It includes all of the changes I in the long explanation I made a few comments down.

    The extension is called Reluminate, you can find it here:

  • #38 written by Ralph
    about 3 years ago

    Yo. I want to optimize Windows for performance. I know that NegativeScreen won’t function without Aero enabled. Please tell me what should I enable in (path) “system-properties-performance” in order for the soft to work? Big thanks.

    • #39 written by Yaurthek
      about 3 years ago

      I’ve absolutely no idea. If you find out, I would be interested if you could tell me about it!

  • #40 written by BRIAN
    about 3 years ago

    what do i need to download to get the ‘neagative green’ matrix installed?

  • #41 written by Gary
    about 3 years ago

    Thank you so much for developing this program. I am visually impaired. I use NegativeScreen in combination with Windows 7 Aero full screen zoom EVERY day. It makes reading so much easier…

    One question: I have customized my mouse pointer (Control Panel > Mouse > Pointer tab) so the pointer is “large” and “inverted”. “inverted” meaning the cursor appears white on a black background, and black on a white background. I noticed that when I have NegativeScreen Inverting colors AND have Win 7 Aero full screen zoom on, the mouse pointer stays white, instead of inverting. Is this something you have control over, or is this a Win 7 zoom issue?? I am using v2.2…


    • #42 written by Yaurthek
      about 3 years ago

      Sorry, I don’t have control over the mouse color effect…

      In fact, even the Windows Magnifier tool, when the checkbox to invert the colors is checked, does not correctly handle an inverted pointer… (NegativeScreen uses a very similar method to do its job, so most of the same limitations apply)

      I tried to find a way to make it work, but to no avail for now.

      (oh, and sorry for the answer delay…)

  • #43 written by Jay
    about 3 years ago

    Would it be possible to apply the inversion to only specified windows or applications?

    • #44 written by Yaurthek
      about 3 years ago

      I’m afraid it’s impossible with the current implementation. Sorry.

  • #45 written by Vivek Krishna A
    about 3 years ago

    Great app. Thank you developers.
    By the way, please give me two matrix values for my criteria:
    1. Only black should turn as white, white should turn as black, remaining colors unchanged.
    2. Only black should turn as yellow, white should turn as black, remaining colors unchanged.

    Thank you again. 🙂

    • #46 written by Yaurthek
      about 3 years ago

      Thank you.
      Regarding the color matrices you are asking for, the first one already ships with NegativeScreen.
      For the second one, there is no perfect way to do this. Try – maybe you can get to something that suits your needs…

      • #47 written by Vivek Krishna A
        about 3 years ago

        All inversion modes changes the other colors too. I need only black –> white and white –> black conversion. The other colors should be as it is. Should I want to change the matrix? 🙂

        • #48 written by Yaurthek
          about 3 years ago

          There is no way to just invert black and white without altering the colors!
          How would you even do that for an image? How would you determine where the white or the black stop? Should a very light grey be turned black, or should a very dark grey be turned white? It’s the same problem with the colors.
          The smart inversion mode is probably the closest you will get to what you want…

          • #49 written by Vivek Krishna A
            about 3 years ago

            Hmm, I understand. I tried Smart Inversion, and got similar output. Anyway, good work. Thank you again! 🙂

  • #50 written by Drew
    about 3 years ago

    This is a great program that I use almost constantly. The only problem is that it is indiscriminate–all images and videos are also inverted. I have come up with a way to resolve this problem in the Chrome web browser using some basic CSS and HTML alterations of an already existent Chrome extension called Deluminate. This even fixes Youtube videos.

    Deluminate basically works by doing what NegativeScreen does in smart inversion mode, except only to websites. The problem is the options are optimized for a not already inverted screen, so when combined with NegativeScreen some of the options do nonsensical things. My mod alters the settings to allow us to totally uninvert the entire page back to normal, to uninvert all images, or to smart uninvert images, which tries to uninvert things like artwork and photographs while leaving logos and other things that are supposed to blend in inverted. Of course, you can also tell it to leave the entire website inverted. It remembers rules for domains, so if you set something for google, google will always look like that until you change it. It is a great interface that allows you to alter settings easily on the fly. By default, subdomains are treated as totally independent, but I came up with a javascript mod that allows you to customize this setting.

    All you have to do is install Deluminate from the Chrome extension store, then modify it by replacing the files listed below with my own files. I would highly recommend renaming the old files (eg. deluminate.css.old) before replacing them so that you can always return Deluminate to its default functionality. The new files must have the same names that the old ones once had. Just copy and paste the text from the links below into notepad, then save them as the name I list in the following folder (Windows 7).

    These files are all located here: %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\iebboopaeangfpceklajfohhbpkkfiaa.3.2_0\

    If you can’t find that folder, the version is probably different, so go to this folder: %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\iebboopaeangfpceklajfohhbpkkfiaa\ and then double click on the version number. If the version number is different, use at your own risk. It should probably work, but I can’t guarantee it.

    deluminate.css is the CSS file that alters the functionality of Deluminate to suit our needs with an already inverted screen:

    popup.html is the HTML file that alters the text in the interface so you can understand what each radio button will do:

    I also made a javascript mod for the common.js file that forces domain rules to apply to subdomains when subdomains don’t already have their own rules sets, which is especially useful for websites like and because you would otherwise be forced to make an independent rules set for every user gallery. Once you set a subdomain rule, that excludes it from the domain rule. Check it out here:

    If you have any questions, I assume I will get notified for responses, but if I don’t answer your reply, feel free to e-mail me at

    • #51 written by Drew
      about 3 years ago

      Alright, well this is very inconvenient. As it turns out, Deluminate was just updated today for the first time in months, which might pose some problems for this solution I came up with a few days ago. You can try my solution, it might still work with version 4.0 of Deluminate, but it will render null any new features.

      Since Deluminate is open source, I’m going to work on a fork and release my own full extension that can work for us NegativeScreen users who use Chrome. With all the mods I’ve made so far I could put something on the Chrome Web Store almost immediately. However, if I actually release a full extension I don’t just want it to be a quick and dirty mod of something else. I would like to incorporate the full functionality of Deluminate plus all my modifications and do so with a new interface to handle all the options plus maybe some new rule handling features. I have some ideas, but it will take me some time to put it all together. I’ll come back and post here as soon as I come up with something.

  • #52 written by Martin
    about 3 years ago

    Thanks man, this is just a wonderful tool ! I was only looking to invert the colors but being able to completely tailor it is amazing

  • #53 written by Jordan
    about 3 years ago

    Holy hell! This is soooo nice.

    I work technical support for a software development company. This means I’m staring at a screen for 9+ hours per day. I had tried out Flux before and, while it works pretty well, everything was still fairly bright, even on its lowest setting.

    This program has changed the way I view technical support, both figuratively and literally. I no longer have a headache after work and I don’t have to wear those stupid (and expensive) computer glasses. As an added bonus, my computer looks 100% awesome-er!

  • #55 written by choc
    about 3 years ago

    Would it be possible to add this to
    Chocolatey is an apt-get for windows.

  • #57 written by David
    about 3 years ago

    This is a fantastic program! Is there a hotkey for choosing which monitor has the negative colors in the custom multimonitor version? If not, how could I add this? Thanks for all your hard work!

    • #58 written by Yaurthek
      about 3 years ago

      No, there is no hot key for that. Adding this would require some modifications of the source code.
      Since a lot of people want to be able to set different effects on different monitors, I might do some work again soon on the prototype to improve it…

      • #59 written by David
        about 3 years ago

        Would be amazing if you did. I cannot express how much I appreciate your work. Without it, I do not think I could function in both my job and everyday tasks. This absolutely makes a world of difference to individuals with visual impairments my like myself – a thousand times thank you! One other question. Is it possible to use a color matrix to change a single color on the screen? For example, to change all light blue fonts on a white background to just black text on a white background?

        • #60 written by Yaurthek
          about 3 years ago

          “Is it possible to use a color matrix to change a single color on the screen?”
          It’s not possible to change a specific color. The nearest thing would be to change a specific channel (Red, Green, Blue)…
          Maybe something like this?
          { 1.0, 0.0, 0.5, 0.0, 0.0 }
          { 0.0, 1.0, 0.5, 0.0, 0.0 }
          { 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0 }
          { 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 1.0, 0.0 }
          { 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 1.0 }

          You could give a try to my new tool to edit color matrices:

  • #61 written by R
    about 3 years ago

    It doesn’t work in portrait mode. The top half of the screen is showing long vertical stretched pixels.

    • #62 written by Yaurthek
      about 3 years ago

      Are you using the last version? If so, it’s certainly not supposed to happen!
      The last version directly uses a Microsoft api, so if the problem is indeed a bug, I won’t be able to do anything beside reporting it :/

  • #63 written by Sativarg
    about 3 years ago

    Thank you Yaurthek

    I have two detached retina. My retina are not in contact with the back of my eye where the nutrients flow through capillaries. When a bright light is viewed the nutrients are quickly depleted in the neurons and it can take as long as 7 hours for them to replenish. The result is darkness and frustration. This program is very promising as a help for any one with this condition.

    I am so frustrated with applications that will not conform to the color settings of Windows 7. I have spent hours trying to find a good way to get Avast! free antivirus and other “rogue programs” to conform to my customized high contrast theme. When I solve one problem I seem to cause another elsewhere. I can get the entire desktop to invert only to have a blinding white menu. At least with NegativeScreen I should be able to use configuration modification to tone down elements that were so blinding with other methods I have tried.

    When I am over my current piercing head ache I will try to write a script to swap my non Arrow theme to an arrow theme, start NegativeScreen, set the configuration (Command-Line Options would be a help) and what ever else to make this a toggle I can hotkey quikley when ever I have to cope with a rogue program that refuses to conform to my theme requirements.

    I have to use magnifier to be able to read most text. But I can enjoy videos in normal colors. Every thing is wrinkly but most things are discernible. VolumeMouse is a nice application that lets me use my mouse to decrease screen brightness on the fly. I mention it here as some may find it of use if they have vision issues.
    Blessings and thanks again

  • #64 written by Giulio
    about 3 years ago

    fantastic program, so much more relaxing to read in the night! I used the inverted GREEN you suggested above, but it is still too bright. I remember the old computer with monochromatic screen back in the eighties, the green was less sparkling, more saturated, would it be possible to derive the matrix for a darker green?
    thanks a lot!

  • #66 written by Kimball Robinson
    about 3 years ago

    Great tool! It would be awesome if there were a GUI tool to help pick our own matrices–e.g. to add color desaturation, reduce brightness for certain ranges of whites/colors, etc…

  • #68 written by Björn
    about 3 years ago

    Don’t forget to adjust your Cleartype settings after inverting the screen. If you do lots of programming with colourful editors you might be better off turning cleartype off completely.

    • #69 written by David Harkness
      about 3 years ago

      I just tried turning off ClearType, but it made all fonts very difficult to read: dialogs, web, and code. This may be due to my using very large fonts due to poor eyesight, though.

  • #70 written by kmcintyre
    about 3 years ago

    I really appreciate this application. Thanks!

    I replied to another thread somewhere, then I found a post referencing


    So I tried setting it to false in my conf file. When I start NS I get an exception. Is that option no longer supported? It would be nice to squelch that warning when I start running in High Contrast Mode.


    • #71 written by Yaurthek
      about 3 years ago

      This option is only available for the legacy version, which can run without aero enabled, unlike versions >=2.
      But you are right, you can start it without aero even if it doesn’t work, and this message is annoying. I will add the option to a new release so that you don’t have it in your situation.

      To answer your other comment: I had a hard time myself finding documentation about color matrices, and beside the link on MSDN, I didn’t find anything really good…
      I have been thinking about making a small utility to test new matrices for a long time now, and I might have time to implement it soon, so stay tuned! 🙂

      EDIT: Regarding documentation on color matrices, I had forgotten about this great page:

      EDIT 2: I finally released the tool I was talking about, to edit/view color matrices: Give it a try!

      • #72 written by kmcintyre
        about 3 years ago

        Thanks for considering both items!

        I’ve been using NS for about a week now and it has become ingrained in my muscle memory. Much better than the simple invert colors provided by Magnifier. Plus Magnifier doesn’t support a hotkey to turn invert colors on/off. Now I have independent control over color shifts and magnification. Much better!

        You’re definitely paying it forward!



  • #73 written by Danny
    about 3 years ago

    This is a great utility. Love the smart inverse.
    Like a previous commenter, I would also love to be able to have something similar to the red inverse, only with a different shade.

    Another suggestion, it would be great if this tool also has magnification built in, so we can completely avoid the use of the magnifier, which has an annoying habit of getting in the way.

    • #74 written by Yaurthek
      about 3 years ago

      You can create other color transformations by editing the config file.
      here is an inverted blue:
      { 0.0, 0.0, -0.3, 0.0, 0.0 }
      { 0.0, 0.0, -0.6, 0.0, 0.0 }
      { 0.0, 0.0, -0.1, 0.0, 0.0 }
      { 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 1.0, 0.0 }
      { 0.0, 0.0, 1.0, 0.0, 1.0 }
      and here is an inverted green:
      { 0.0, -0.3, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0 }
      { 0.0, -0.6, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0 }
      { 0.0, -0.1, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0 }
      { 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 1.0, 0.0 }
      { 0.0, 1.0, 0.0, 0.0, 1.0 }

      As for the magnification, I don’t think I will implement it. It’s too far from the original goal of NegativeScreen and would not make much sense.
      Thanks for the suggestion though!

      • #75 written by Danny
        about 3 years ago

        Thanks – found that nice config file, going to play with it.
        Understood aboiut the magnification, makes sense to keep this task-specific.

    • #76 written by kmcintyre
      about 3 years ago

      Great utility! Thanks!

      So can I use the conf file to stop the dialog warning about Areo support from coming up? I swap between High Contrast mode and normal mode, and between NS and normal. If I first switch to NS when in High Contrast mode I get the dialog. (All seems to work ok after closing it…)

      Also, is there a tutorial (other than the supplied link) that describes using the matrix to modify transforms?

      Again, Thanks!!!

  • #77 written by Jay
    about 3 years ago

    Works great on my laptop! Running Windows Vista. Any idea of how I can change the negative red so that it’s the same, just blue?

    • #78 written by Yaurthek
      about 3 years ago

      use this matrix in the config file:
      { 0.0, 0.0, -0.3, 0.0, 0.0 }
      { 0.0, 0.0, -0.6, 0.0, 0.0 }
      { 0.0, 0.0, -0.1, 0.0, 0.0 }
      { 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 1.0, 0.0 }
      { 0.0, 0.0, 1.0, 0.0, 1.0 }

  • #79 written by fake name
    about 3 years ago

    this is the best thing ever!

  • #80 written by cadillacace
    about 3 years ago

    Love the program, but is there a way it can work with windows 7 classic? this is the only problem i could see if it being used for what I need it for.

    • #81 written by Yaurthek
      about 3 years ago

      Do you mean the Windows Classic theme? The last version of NegativeScreen requires Aero to work correctly, but maybe you could try the “legacy” version?
      It should work, but it will probably be laggy and hard on your CPU…

      • #82 written by Eustace
        about 3 years ago

        Thanks. I had the same problem, but the legacy version works with Win7+Classic theme, like it did with Vista. Again I have added a shortcut to the Startup and have changed the ActiveOnStartup and the ShowAeroWarning to false.

        Actually NegativeScreen is most useful with the Classic theme, since there you cannot set the Magnifier in full screen mode, as you can with the Aero theme.

        • #83 written by Yaurthek
          about 3 years ago

          Yep, and I think the reason why you can’t set the Magnifier in full screen mode is because of the bad performance…

  • #84 written by Frank
    about 4 years ago

    Love it. Is there support for applying colors to only one of two connected displays? Or for excluding color changes from particular windows?

    • #85 written by Yaurthek
      about 4 years ago

      Unfortunately, both of your requests are not possible with the api used in the versions >= 2.*

      I released a “beta” patch a while ago allowing to select only some monitors, if you want to try:
      I never managed to make the filtering by window work though, even for the api used in the version 1.*, and even though the doc says it should work…

  • #86 written by Jonatan
    about 4 years ago

    Great little program, really saves the eyes when they are tired.
    I would like to add the program to autostart, so I directly can go to negativescreen whenever I want to, without starting the program first. Putting in to autostart is easy, but how do I put in that “off” is the default when the program starts?

    • #87 written by Yaurthek
      about 4 years ago

      In the configuration file (“Edit configuration” option when right clicking the icon in the systray), there is an option ready for that.
      Just change the line ActiveOnStartup=true to ActiveOnStartup=false and that’s it!

      • #88 written by Jonatan
        about 4 years ago

        Hm… the line ActiveOnStartup don’t exist in my conf-file. When I added it, the program didn’t start but instead gave the error “System.exception: The value assigned to “activeonstartup” is unexpected. The hotkey must be separated from the matrix by a new line”…

        • #89 written by Yaurthek
          about 4 years ago

          Your version is probably outdated. Try with the last one and it should work!

  • #90 written by Meagan
    about 4 years ago

    You are a saint! I love you!

    • #91 written by tom67
      about 4 years ago

      Inverting colors was one of the main reasons I moved from windows to linux system couple of years ago. Now I have to use windows on tablet pc and my eyes would moan from pain if it hadn’t been for your application. Many thanks! I like also the smart inverse.
      As for me it is worth donation.

  • #93 written by mjankowski
    about 4 years ago

    Hey man! thanks for a great app!
    I found a bug.
    unfortunately it doesn’t work when my display is rotated 90 degrees.
    The top portion of the screen (with square 1200×1200) is inverted but the bottom portion is garbled (everything below 1200px down to 1920)
    I guess it doesnt like the fact that my resolution is 1200×1920,
    not the regular 1920×1200

    • #94 written by Yaurthek
      about 4 years ago

      Thanks for the kind words and the bug report.

      Sadly, I’m afraid I can’t do anything about it.
      I’m using a Microsoft api ( ) that automatically handles the full screen mode (since the version 2 of NegativeScreen).
      The bug has to be in the internals of this api, and I can’t think of any workaround…

      Incidentally, the same bug is present in the Windows Magnifier, if you try to invert the display.

  • #95 written by Konstantinos Nks
    about 4 years ago

    Thanks you save me, my laptop lcd goes negative (i dont know why but isnt a software problem) and your app fixed my problem on windows…on bios the problem exists but i dont care 😉

  • #96 written by Gil
    about 4 years ago

    Exactly what i was looking for! Shared it with all of my friends!
    Working perfect on win 8.1 with two extended screens.

    One suggestion: make it possible to have night mode in each screen separately.

    Thank you very much and good luck with the app.
    Gil, Israel.

  • #97 written by centerofgravity
    about 4 years ago

    great app! It really saves my eyes when working late. I have only one feature request: to also invert the mousepointer…

  • #98 written by Mahmood Taghavi
    about 4 years ago

    Thanks a lot. This is very awesome application.

    I’m a student of bio-statistics and your application fix many things for me:
    1- I can see a black & white preview of my charts before printing.
    2- I can read PDF eBooks without eye pressure instead of printing them.
    3- I can work with internet and use my work soft-wares like SPSS in many hours.

    Good Luck