How to Change Window Frame Color in Windows 10


The window frame color is the frame color used for various elements in classic Win32 system windows, dialogs, and property pages in Windows 10.

The window frame color is dark gray by default in Windows 10.

This tutorial will show you how to change the window frame color used for your account in Windows 10.

The window frame color you set will only be applied to your current theme. If you change your theme, it will also change the window frame color to what is set or saved for the selected theme.


EXAMPLE: Window frame color when changed to "red"

These are some of the system windows, dialogs, and property pages I found the window frame color change in so far. Please feel free to post a screenshot here of other items you notice the window frame color change in.

Change Window Frame Color in Windows 10-security_properties__window_frame_color.png Change Window Frame Color in Windows 10-advanced_security_window_frame_color.jpg
Change Window Frame Color in Windows 10-gpedit_window_frame_color.png Change Window Frame Color in Windows 10-file_explorer_window_frame_color.png
Change Window Frame Color in Windows 10-save-as_window_frame_color.png Change Window Frame Color in Windows 10-open_window_frame_color.png
Change Window Frame Color in Windows 10-power_options_window_frame_color.png Change Window Frame Color in Windows 10-previous_versions_window_frame_color.png Change Window Frame Color in Windows 10-notepad_window_frame_color.png



Here's How:

1. Press the Win+R keys to open Run, type regedit into Run, and click/tap on OK to open Registry Editor.

2. Navigate to the key below in the left pane of Registry Editor. (see screenshot below)

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors

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3. In the right pane of the Colors key, double click/tap on the WindowFrame string value to modify it. (see screenshot above)

4. Enter the 3 Red Green Blue (ex: 255 0 0) numbers (see tip box below) for the color (ex: red) you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

The default RGB value is 100 100 100 for the color dark gray.

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Tip   Tip
To find out the Red Green Blue (RGB) numbers for the custom color you want:

A) Open Paint (mspaint.exe).

B) Click/tap on the Edit colors button in the Home tab.

C) Select a color, and adjust the color to what you want.

D) The Red Green Blue numbers for the color will be at the bottom right corner of the Edit Colors dialog.

E) When finished, you can close Edit Colors and Paint.

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5. Close Registry Editor.

6. Sign out and sign in to apply.

7. You may need to repeat this tutorial until you find a window frame color that looks good to you.


That's it,
Shawn