Color management

How to enable HDR for apps using ICC profiles on Windows 11

Windows 11 supports HDR for apps that use ICC profiles to display colors, and here's how to enable or disable the feature on compatible applications.

Legacy display ICC color management
  • Windows 11 includes HDR support for apps that use ICC profiles.
  • You can enable the “Use legacy display ICC color management” feature on app > Properties > Compatibility.

On Windows 11, when high dynamic range (HDR) is enabled, some apps that use International Color Consortium (ICC) profiles (for example, Photoshop, CorelDraw, and similar apps) do not display colors accurately since they are restricted to the sRGB color gamut. However, now there’s a feature that allows these apps to access the full gamut of the HDR-capable displays to show colors more accurately.

The feature is known as “Use legacy display ICC color management,” and you can enable it on each app that can take advantage of the high dynamic range technology.

In this guide, you will learn the steps to enable or disable HDR support for color-managed applications on Windows 11.

Enable display ICC color management on Windows 11

To turn on HDR support color managed apps on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Close the app.

  2. Right-click the app icon.

  3. Select the Properties option.

    Windows 11 app context menu

  4. Click the Compatibility tab.

  5. Under the “Settings” section, check the Use legacy display ICC color management option.

    Use legacy display ICC color management

  6. Click the Apply button.

  7. Click the OK button.

Once you complete the steps, the app will display more accurate colors and access the full gamut from the HDR display. However, the feature will only take effect when HDR mode is enabled.

Disable display ICC color management on Windows 11

To restrict HDR support for apps, use these steps.

  1. Close the app.

  2. Right-click the app icon.

  3. Select the Properties option.

    Windows 11 app context menu

  4. Click the Compatibility tab.

  5. Under the “Settings” section, clear the Use legacy display ICC color management option.

    Use legacy display ICC color management disabled

  6. Click the Apply button.

  7. Click the OK button.

After you complete the steps, apps that use the International Color Consortium display color profiles will once again be limited to the sRGB color gamut.