How to set a custom active title bar color via Registry?

  1.    10 Aug 2018 #1

    How to set a custom active title bar color via Registry?


    Is it possible to set a custom active title bar color via the Registry?

    This works for the inactive title bar color:
    Code:
    reg add "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM" /v "AccentColorInactive" /t REG_DWORD /d "your color here" /f
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  2.    10 Aug 2018 #2

    How do you set a custom active title bar color via the Registry?

    If research doesn't tell you, then here's how you can find out.

    1. Make sure your PC is idle.
    2. Create your 1st registry snapshot with Regshot (free prog) (wait...)
    3. Change the colour
    4. Create your 2nd registry snapshot with Regshot (free prog) (wait...)
    5. Click the compare button, then inspect the report.
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  3.    10 Aug 2018 #3

    Thanks for your reply, dalchina.

    Before starting this thread I spent hours trying different things without success. I was snooping the Registry with various tools. I tried a dozen registry entries, etc. The only thing I was able to achieve was to get the inactive title bar color right.

    Hopefully I'm not the only one here who wants to set a custom active title bar color via the Registry.
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       10 Aug 2018 #4

    For easier changing use SMACC from Superfly(one of our forums members, and software developer):
    S.M.A.C.C - Superfly's Mouse Assisted Color Chooser - Windows 10 Forums

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  5.    10 Aug 2018 #5

    lolnothankyou said: View Post
    Thanks for your reply, dalchina.

    Before starting this thread I spent hours trying different things without success. I was snooping the Registry with various tools. I tried a dozen registry entries, etc. The only thing I was able to achieve was to get the inactive title bar color right.

    Hopefully I'm not the only one here who wants to set a custom active title bar color via the Registry.
    That tool (Regshot) works.. I've used it quite a lot over the years. It should work for this. Have you actually tried it??
    I'd really rather prefer not to have to do that for you.

    https://www.howtogeek.com/198679/how...your-registry/

    But there are much much better ways - tutorials cover this, although not mentioning the registry key I think, and @Cliff S has mentioned SMACC.
    I assume you want to know about the registry for a particular reason e.g. a script.
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  6.    10 Aug 2018 #6

    Thanks, Cliff S, I will give S.M.A.C.C a try.

    dalchina said: View Post
    Have you actually tried it?
    No. I have used RegScanner to find all registry changes in the last (you say) seconds. And RegFromApp while running Windows 10 Color Control 1.3 and I got some registry entries but they don't work when I apply them on a new machine via script.
    dalchina said: View Post
    I'd really rather prefer not to have to do that for you.
    Please don't. It's not what I'm expecting here. I just wanted someone to copy/paste the code from somewhere (like their own script).
    dalchina said: View Post
    I assume you want to know about the registry for a particular reason e.g. a script.
    Exactly.
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  7.    10 Aug 2018 #7

    You have the means- you could resolve that in 10 mins.

    https://social.technet.microsoft.com...or-in-registry

    Found by 1 search:
    change active title bar colour script

    It's indeed the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\DWM\ColorPrevalence registry value that's controlling the active window's title bar/border color.
    Try it..
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       10 Aug 2018 #8

    Maybe "AccentColor"?, some time ago I wrote a post about that on Reddit, I don't know if it's what you're looking for (maybe not), this is the link just in case:

    Title bars and the file explorer.

    Maybe here in Ten forums, a tutorial was already done on that, I didn't search.
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  9.    10 Aug 2018 #9

    I have some progress:

    1. Make sure this is not set to 1
    Code:
    reg add "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop" /v "AutoColorization" /t REG_SZ /d "0" /f
    2. allow colored title bars and set active / inactive title bar color
    Code:
    reg add "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM" /v "ColorPrevalence" /t REG_DWORD /d "1" /f
    reg add "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM" /v "AccentColor" /t REG_DWORD /d "7439985" /f
    reg add "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM" /v "AccentColorInactive" /t REG_DWORD /d "13882323" /f
    Now I have to find out how to replace the default blue frame on non-maximized windows with 7439985.
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