Try turning off hardware acceleration
Are you getting washed-out colors in your web browser? Does the same website seem a different color when using a different web browser? Are you seeing this website in the colors it was designed to show?
There are many web browsers for Windows, and depending on your browser’s settings and your hardware, some of them might not show color exactly the same way – when installed on your system.
Below you can see an image of the same logo in 4 different browsers on my PC – Edge, Chrome, Firefox, and Opera.
In my case, Edge and Firefox showed the same correct colors, while Chrome and Opera shared a different, more washed-out color than Edge and Firefox.
If you think you might have this issue on your system, you can test this by sampling different colors online in different web browsers, using a color picker tool. I used Snipaste.
Going to YouTube.com and sampling the YouTube logo with the color picker, produced a proper red color in Edge, but a washed-out red color in Chrome.
How do you fix this?
Washed-out colors in your web browser? In my case, there was a simple fix. If you are getting washed-out colors or different colors showing in different browsers, go to the browser’s settings and try turning off `Hardware Acceleration’.
In Google Chrome, go to Settings, and then switch off `Use hardware acceleration when available’.
In Opera, go to Settings, and make sure `Use hardware acceleration when available’ is toggled off.
So for me, turning off Hardware Acceleration in Chrome and Opera, made both of these browsers show colors as they are supposed to show. Here it is now in Chrome:
As you can see, compared to the image further up the page, Chrome now shows color correctly and similar to Microsoft Edge.
It all depends on your browser’s settings, coupled with your system’s video card or video driver. I use an NVIDIA GTX 970 video card, and I always keep the driver up to date.
Are you seeing washed-out colors in your web browser?
Edit: Microsoft Edge is now based on the Chromium engine (the same as Google Chrome)
- The new Microsoft Edge is available
- Microsoft Edge Tips for beginners
- Microsoft Edge Insider program
- Web Browsers for Windows
Grant is the webmaster here and a longtime computer enthusiast. He enjoys building new PCs and fixing old ones. Originally from the UK, Grant lives in Japan, teaches English, and is a part-time vegetable farmer. Lesser-known history about him includes getting his Commercial Helicopter License CPL(H) in the US and being a caregiver in the disabled community. Grant enjoys playing Apex Legends.