Make Time-Wasting Sites Less Appealing By Switching Your Monitor To Greyscale

We're always looking for new ways to deter us from wasting time on sites like Facebook and Twitter, and blogger Matt Huebert comes up with a surprisingly effective solution: switch your monitor to black and white.Huebert notes how a simple settings change helps you stay off time-wasting websites:

Life in grayscale is weird… disorienting, strange, foreign. You can't help but realise something in your life isn't.. quite.. right. It doesn't take long for the subtle discomfort to nudge me back into the real-world or back to work.

Unfortunately, he notes, there's not yet a program that'll switch certain websites to greyscale, but if colour isn't that important for your work, you could easily switch your monitor over whenever it's time to hunker down and get to work. If you're just word processing, what does it matter that it's in black and white?

On a Mac, this is pretty simple to do: just head into System Preferences > Universal Access and check "Use Greyscale". On Windows, it doesn't look like there's an option for this built-in, but your monitor probably has some colour settings that will let you do this (if anyone knows of a better way, let us know!). Hit the link to read more.

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    If a way becomes known to do this on a Windows laptop I'd love to hear about it.

      Assuming your laptop keyboard has a windows key, then just press CTRL + Windows Key + C all together to toggle between greyscale and colour modes.

      I should also mention that windows has colour filters, you should be able to just type "color filter" into the windows search box and select the filter most suitable, although my win 10 pro PC doesn't seem to have these. See

      Last edited 30/01/18 11:33 am

    This is MAC only.

    95% of the world runs Windows.

    Sounds like this article needs a little more research...

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