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    How to Add Color and Appearance to Control Panel in Windows

    How to Add Color and Appearance to Control Panel in Windows

    Published by Category: Customization
    14 Apr 2020
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    How to Add Color and Appearance to Control Panel in Windows


    The Color and Appearance applet allows you to change the color of your taskbar, window borders, and Start menu.

    Changing your color and appearance in Windows 10 is now done in Settings instead of the Control Panel.

    This tutorial will show you how to add the classic Color and Appearance applet to the Control Panel for all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to add or remove Color and Appearance in the Control Panel.

    It is required to have Start, taskbar, and action center turned on in Windows 10 for this Color and Appearance Control Panel applet to change their color.

    It is required to have Title bars and window borders turned on in Windows 10 for this Color and Appearance Control Panel applet to change their color.


    EXAMPLE: Color and Appearance in Control Panel (icons view) and Control Panel (category view)
    How to Add Color and Appearance to Control Panel in Windows-color_and_appearance_control_panel_large_icons.png How to Add Color and Appearance to Control Panel in Windows-color_and_appearance_control_panel_category.png

    EXAMPLE: Classic Color and Appearance
    How to Add Color and Appearance to Control Panel in Windows-classic_color_and_appearance_control_panel.png



    Here's How:

    1 Do step 2 (add) or step 3 (remove) below for what you would like to do.


    2 To Add "Color and Appearance" to Control Panel

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Add_Color_and_Appearance_to_Control_Panel.reg

    Download


    3 To Remove "Color and Appearance" from Control Panel

    This is the default setting

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Remove_Color_and_Appearance_from_Control_Panel.reg

    Download


    4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7 If the Control Panel is currently open, then close and reopen it to apply.

    8 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. White's Avatar
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       #1

    Thanks for tutorial.
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  2. Brink's Avatar
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       #2

    Cast said:
    Thanks for tutorial.
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  3. loki's Avatar
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       #3

    hi Brink,

    I have a Godmode folder {ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} but it doesn't show the color and appearance only the color management. Is there a newer godmode ID or is this it?

    Create Control Panel All Tasks Shortcut in Windows 10

    thanks,
    Loki
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  4. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 59,148
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       #4

    loki said:
    hi Brink,

    I have a Godmode folder {ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} but it doesn't show the color and appearance only the color management. Is there a newer godmode ID or is this it?

    Create Control Panel All Tasks Shortcut in Windows 10

    thanks,
    Loki
    Hello Loki,

    There isn't a specific "Color and Appearance" Control Panel applet GUID by default in Windows. It relays off the "Personalization" GUID instead.

    I had to generate a GUID (CSLID) to use, and then manually added the registry entries to add an applet specifically for this.
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  5. TheKnight's Avatar
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       #5

    Thank you very much
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  6. Posts : 447
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       #6

    @Brink
    To replace some of the other Windows 7 (and previous versions of windows) control panel applets missing in Win10, I want to add the Classic Notification Area Icons Applet to Control Panel. The website for the shortcut is
    Classic notification area tray icon options in Windows 10

    Below is my reg. file. It seems to work on my rig. Can you please verify it is correct and add it to your tutorials in progress que? Thanks!

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    ; Add Classic Notification Area Icons Applet to Control Panel

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9}]
    @="Notification Area Icons"
    "InfoTip"="Select which icons and notifications appear on the taskbar"
    "System.ApplicationName"="Microsoft.NotificationAreaIcons"
    "System.ControlPanel.Category"=dword:00000001
    "System.Software.TasksFileUrl"="Internal"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9}\DefaultIcon]
    @="%SystemRoot%\\System32\\taskbarcpl.dll,-1"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9}\Shell\Open\command]
    @="explorer.exe shell:::{05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9}"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ControlPanel\NameSpace\{05d7b0 f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9}]
    @="Notification Area Icons"
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  7. Brink's Avatar
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       #7

    Hello @bamajon1974,

    For now, I have the Personalize (classic) context menu with the old Control Panel items.

    Add Personalize (classic) context menu in Windows 10
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  8. Posts : 447
    Win7 Pro X64, Win10 Pro x640
       #8

    Got it. Is there any further information about these 3 registry keys?

    "System.ApplicationName"="Microsoft.NotificationAreaIcons"
    "System.ControlPanel.Category"=dword:00000001
    "System.Software.TasksFileUrl"="Internal"

    How do you find the system application name (the default was already present in the key)
    What is the control panel category?
    What is the system software tasksfileurl?

    Thanks!
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  9. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 59,148
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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    bamajon1974 said:
    Got it. Is there any further information about these 3 registry keys?

    "System.ApplicationName"="Microsoft.NotificationAreaIcons"
    "System.ControlPanel.Category"=dword:00000001
    "System.Software.TasksFileUrl"="Internal"

    How do you find the system application name (the default was already present in the key)
    What is the control panel category?
    What is the system software tasksfileurl?

    Thanks!
    I can usually get the information needed from an existing GUID (if available) for control panel items below.

    List of Commands to Open Control Panel Items in Windows 10

    Otherwise, I have to generate a unique GUID to add the registry keys and values for the control panel item.


    Here's some more reference material from Microsoft to help:

    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/win...ol-panel-items

    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/win...-registration-

    System.ControlPanel.Category = https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/pre...44183(v=vs.85)
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