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    Inactive Title Bar Color - Change in Windows 10

    How to Change Color of Inactive Title Bar in Windows 10
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    How to Change Color of Inactive Title Bar in Windows 10

    information   Information
    When you change the color in Windows 10, it will change the color of your Start menu accents, Start button, taskbar, title bars, window borders, buttons, text, Settings accents, sign-in screen accents, and Action Center accents.

    However, that doesn't change the color of the title bar of inactive windows leaving it white.

    This tutorial will show you how to change the color of the inactive title bar for your account in Windows 10.

    Note   Note
    You must turn on Show color on title bar to be able to change the color of the inactive title bar.


    EXAMPLE: Active vs Inactive Title Bar
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    Here's How:

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

    2. Browse to the key located below in Registry Editor. (see screenshot below)

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\DWM

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    3. In the right pane of the DWM key, double click/tap on the AccentColorInactive DWORD to modify it. (see screenshot above)
    Note   Note
    If you do not have the AccentColorInactive DWORD, then right click on an empty area in the right pane of the DWM key, click/tap on New and DWORD (32-bit) Value, type AccentColorInactive, and press Enter.


    If you want to undo this and restore the default inactive title bar color, delete the AccentColorInactive DWORD, click/tap on Yes to confirm, and go to step 5 below.



    4. Enter the BGR hex number (ex: 696969) for the color (ex: dimgray/grey) you want in the color table below, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
    Note   Note
    To get the BGR hex number, you will need to reverse the first two and last two characters of the RGB in the color table below.

    For example with the color aquamarine:

    RGB (RRGGBB) in color table = 7FFFD4

    BGR (BBGGRR) you would enter = D4FF7F


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    5. When finished, close Registry Editor.



    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Joined : Aug 2015
    Maine
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       2015-11-30 #1

    Well Shawn, I just went to that location in my registry, and I do not show the same choices in my registry at all ???
    Here is my screen shot of that location.

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  2. Joined : Aug 2015
    Melbourne
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    Win 10 Pro X64
       2015-11-30 #2

    @OldMike65 just add a new DWORD (32 bit) Value and name it "AccentColorInactive" with Data value the same as AccentColor or the color of your choice also if you wish to only have the title bar colored and not the taskbar or start menu or a combination of your choice it can be done as below and Show color on Start, taskbar, action center, and title bar can be turned off. At least it works on mine where only the title bars are colored

    Navigate to the following key: "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize"
    A) If you do not want the Taskbar or Start Menu+Action Centre colourised, set the value "ColorPrevalence" to 0.
    B) If you want both the Taskbar and Start Menu+Action Centre colourised, set the value "ColorPrevalence" to 1.
    C) If you want only the Taskbar colourised, and not the Start Menu+Action Centre, set the value "ColorPrevalence" to 2

    Then Navigate to the following key: "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\DWM"
    A) If you do not want the Window Borders to be colourised, set the value "ColorPrevalence" to 0.
    B) If you want the Window Borders to be colourised, set the value "ColorPrevalence" to 1.
    restart explorer.exe to see your changes
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  3. Joined : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       2015-11-30 #3

    Hello Mike,

    Yep, it's not there by default, and must be added. The note box under step 3 can help show you how to.
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  4. Joined : Aug 2015
    Maine
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       2015-11-30 #4

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello Mike,

    Yep, it's not there by default, and must be added. The note box under step 3 can help show you how to.
    Darn it Shawn, I missed that part Thanks for waking me up!!
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  5. Joined : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       2015-11-30 #5

    I certainly can relate.
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  6. Joined : Feb 2015
    Bamberg Germany
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    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 14393 Multiprocessor Free
       2015-12-06 #6

    This hack wasn't working for me....
    I get my colored inactive title bars with Aerolite(plus I like the ultra thin frame it gives all system32 windows and on the slide-outs(start menu & system clock) it gives them a stained glass effect)
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  7. Joined : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       2015-12-06 #7

    Hey Cliff,

    I'm using the "Windows" theme under "Windows Default Themes" for this if it helps.

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  8. Joined : Feb 2015
    Bamberg Germany
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       2015-12-06 #8

    I've tried all of 'em Shawn...
    I was experimenting to see if I could create a reg file to install it, then was going to ask you if you could make a VBS, where the user can enter the hex value, to make changes in color easier. Something like my reg file for CPL/Colors, but user-non-Geek friendly, seeing it's only one value to change
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  9. Joined : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       2015-12-06 #9

    If you haven't already, you might see if signing out and in, or restarting the computer afterwards may apply it for you.
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