ARCHIVED: How do I set my web browser's default text, link, and background colors?

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Most web browsers allow you to change the settings for default text, link, and background colors. You may also set your color preferences to override those of most web documents.

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Internet Explorer

  1. From the Tools menu, select Internet Options....
  2. Click the General tab, and then click Colors. In Internet Explorer 7 or higher, you must uncheck Use Windows colors before you can modify any of the default colors; in earlier versions, uncheck Use Windows colors to change the default text and background colors.

    You may select custom text, background, visited, unvisited, and hover colors. Click OK.

  3. If you'd like to override the colors set by pages with your own, click Accessibility..., and then check Ignore colors specified on Web pages. Click OK.
  4. Click OK to save your changes and close the Internet Options window.


Safari does not allow you to easily change the background, text, visited link, and unvisited link colors. However, you can use your own style sheets to view web pages:

  1. From the Safari menu, select Preferences....
  2. In the window that opens, click Advanced.
  3. From the pull-down menu next to "Style Sheet:", select Other..., and then navigate to the style sheet you wish to use.
  4. Click Choose.

Firefox 3.x or newer

  1. If you are using Windows or Linux, from the Tools menu, select Options.... In Mac OS X, from the Firefox menu, select Preferences....
  2. Click Content. Under "Fonts & Colors", click Colors....
  3. Select the colors for background, text, visited links, and unvisited links.
  4. If you'd like to override the color settings of sites with your own, uncheck Allow pages to choose their own colors, instead of my selections above.
  5. Click OK twice.

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Last modified on 2018-01-18 13:24:52.