Washed-out colors in your web browser?

Try turning off hardware acceleration Are you getting washed-out colors in your web browser? Does the same website seem a different colour when using a different web browser? Are you seeing this website in the colours 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 colour 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 colours, while Chrome and Opera shared a different, more washed-out colour than Edge and Firefox.

Different colours showing in different browsers

If you think you might have this issue on your system, you can test this by sampling different colours online in different web browsers, using a colour picker tool. I used Snipaste.

Going to YouTube.com and sampling the YouTube logo with the colour picker, produced a proper red colour in Edge, but a washed-out red colour in Chrome.

Sampling colour in Chrome and Edge with a colour picker

How do you fix this?

In my case there was a simple fix. If you are getting washed-out colors or different colours showing in different browsers, go to the browser's settings and try turning off `Hardware Acceleration'.

Google Chrome:

In Google Chrome, go to Settings, and then switch off `Use hardware acceleration when available'.

Turn off Hardware Accleration in Chrome settings


In Opera, go to Settings, and make sure `Use hardware acceleration when available' is toggled off.

Turn off Hardware Accleration in Opera settings

So for me, turning off Hardware Acceleration in Chrome and Opera, made both of these browsers show colours as they are supposed to show. Here it is now in Chrome:

Sampling colour in Chrome and Edge with a colour picker

As you can see, compared to the image further up the page, Chrome now shows colour 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.

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