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Adding a Color Profile in Windows XP

Color Profiles affect how you and your computer and peripherals see color in your documents. Here's how to add a color profile that's not installed by default. Many profiles are installed in your Windows directory already, and others will be added when you install peripherals like scanners and printers.

All screenshots are from Windows XP Pro SP2.

Right click on the desktop and choose Properties. Display Properties will open; click the Settings Tab. At the bottom of the Settings window, click the Advanced button.

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On the next screen, click the Color Management tab:

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In the center of the Color Management tab page is a section with the color profiles associated with your computer. This is a new machine, and not even a printer has been installed yet, so I have one profile listed: the one that came set as the default on the machine, sRGB Color Space Profile. Click the Add button at the bottom of the Color Management page.

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The Add Profile Association browse box opens to the C:\Windows\System32\spool\drivers\color folder. Choose the profile you want to add and click the Add button at the bottom of the window.

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You will exit to the Color Management page again, and the new profile is now in the list. Highlight the profile in the list, and click the Set as Default button at the bottom of the window. Click OK to save the changes. Click OK one more time on the Display Properties dialog, and you're done.

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Related tutorials:

Changing Display Properties in Windows
Changing Font Display Size in Windows
Changing Icon Properties on a PC
Changing Screen Resolution in Windows

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