How to Change the Contrast of Text on a Kindle

by Michael Butler

For most documents, the Amazon Kindle uses a default contrast to display the text and lacks the ability to change the contrast. However, since the text in a PDF is actually an image of the text, the Kindle treats it differently. If you have a PDF document on your Kindle, you do have the option to change the contrast of the text.


Click a PDF document in the Home screen to open the document.


Press the "Aa" button on the keypad.


Highlight a contrast option and click on it. The Kindle has five contrast options, from lightest to darkest.


  • If you have problems reading other documents on the Kindle because of the contrast, adjusting the font size or type might help.

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A professional writer, Michael Butler has been writing Web content since 2010. Butler brings expertise in legal and computer issues to his how-to articles. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Washburn University. Butler also has a Juris Doctor from Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington.

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