How To Tell The Name Of A Color From The Mouse Pointer

Last year I reviewed some tips for color blind internet users but was disappointed with how few software tools were available. Color blindness affects up to 10% of men (but only about 0.5% of women).

There are different types and levels of severity so unfortunately there is no single program to help. However, Colorblind Assistant is another tool which I will add to the list – it could help by identifying the correct color from where the mouse cursor is pointing.

It may also be of use to people who are not color blind as it provides a simple way to identify an onscreen color.

Colorblind Assistant is a small free program that instantly picks the color from the mouse pointer – it provides the general written name of a color, as well as other useful data such as RGB and hex (#) values which are used in many graphics programs.

The software also has a zoom pane for fine pixel detection, and sits nicely in your desktop tray when not in use.

Colorblind Assistant runs in a small 192×128 window that you can easily use alongside graphics programs, applications, games, video-editing software and movie players. The pixel data updates in real-time, so use with animations and movies is just as easy as with still images.

Colorblind Assistant

Colorblind Assistant uses minimal memory and resources. It is compatible with XP, Vista and Windows 7.


Download from the developer’s website here.


Colorblind Assistant is a useful program to identify the name and details of any color you see on screen. Whilst primarily aimed at colorblind users it could also be useful for web designers or graphics artists who need a quick and easy way to identify specific colors in a webpage, picture, movie or animation.