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    Change Color and Appearance in Windows 10

    How to Change Color of Start Menu, Taskbar, Action Center, and Title bar in Windows 10
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    14 Oct 2017
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    How to Change Color of Start Menu, Taskbar, Action Center, and Title bar in Windows 10

    information   Information
    Windows 10 has a new black system theme across the Start menu, Taskbar, and Action Center. There is now support for AutoColor which pulls the primary color from your desktop background.

    This tutorial will show you how to change the color of your Start menu accents, Start button, taskbar, title bars (build 10525), window borders, buttons, text, Settings accents, sign-in screen accents, and Action Center accents to any color you want in Windows 10.

    Tip   Tip
    Window borders are only 1 pixel wide, so they don't show your selected color very well. If you like, you can use the tutorial below to have wider window borders.

    How to Use Aerolite Theme for Window Borders and Title Bars Color in Windows 10

    Note   Note
    User color settings for windows are saved in the keys located below in Reigstry Editor (regedit).

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors

    and

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\Colors


    The Start menu color for a user is stored in the StartColorMenu and AccentColorMenu DWORDs in the key located below in Registry Editor.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Accent

    warning   Warning
    You will need to activate Windows before you can personalize your PC.

    Folders in File Explorer will automatically refresh when you have both Automatically pick a color from my background and Desktop Slideshow turned on.

    When both these options are turned on, the shell sends a refresh message to all File Explorer windows every time the wallpaper changes for the slideshow, causing folders to refresh the views. This can be an annoying issue. For example, if you're scrolling in a folder to only have the scroll bar refresh back to the top after a refresh.


    EXAMPLE: Color for title bars, taskbar, windows borders, Start menu, and accent color on Sign in screen
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    Here's How:

    1. Do step 2 or step 3 below for how you would like to open Personalization.

    2. Open Settings, click/tap on the Personalization icon, and go to step 4 below.

    3. Right click or press and hold on your desktop, click/tap on Personalize, and go to step 4 below.

    4. Do step 5 (choose color), step 6 (auto color), or step 7 (high contrast) below depending on what you would like to do and what theme you are using.


     5. To Choose a Color if using a Windows Default Theme

    A) Click/tap on Colors on the left side. (see screenshots below)

    B) Uncheck Automatically pick an accent color from my background on the right side.

    C) Click/tap on a recent color, Windows color, or a Custom color you want to choose.
    Note   Note
    The Recent colors option was introduced starting with Windows 10 build 15002.

    The Custom color option was introduced starting with Windows 10 build 15014.

    If you wanted to use a custom color in an earlier build than 15014, then you can open Color and Appearance and adjust the color intensity and mixer to how you want.
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    D) Under Show accent color on the following surfaces, check or uncheck Start, taskbar, and action center for what you want.

    E) Under Show accent color on the following surfaces, check or uncheck Title bars for what you want.

    F) When finished, go to step 8 below.

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     6. To Let Windows Automatically Pick a Color from your Background if using a Windows Default Theme

    Note   Note
    This setting is stored using the DWORD value in the registry key below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

    AutoColorization DWORD

    0 = Off
    1 = On


    A) Click/tap on Colors on the left side. (see screenshot below)

    B) Check Automatically pick an accent color from my background on the right side.

    C) Under Show accent color on the following surfaces, check or uncheck Start, taskbar, and action center for what you want.

    D) Under Show accent color on the following surfaces, check or uncheck Title bars for what you want.

    E) When finished, go to step 8 below.

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     7. To Choose a Color if using a High Contrast Theme

    A) Click/tap on Colors on the left side, and click/tap on the High contrast settings link at the bottom of the right side. (see screenshot below)

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    B) Click/tap on the color box of an item you want to change based on the currently selected high contrast theme. (see screenshot below)

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    C) Click/tap on a color you want to choose for the item. (see screenshot below)

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    D) Repeat steps 7B and 7C for any other high contrast items you want to change the color of.

    E) When finished changing colors for items, click/tap on the Apply button. (see screenshot below)

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    F) Type a name you want for this new custom high contrast theme, and click/tap on Save. (see screenshot below)

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    G) This new custom high contrast theme will now be saved to be able to choose. Go to step 8 below.(see screenshot below)

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    8. When finished, you can close Settings if you like.



    That's it,
    Shawn


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  1.    28 Dec 2014 #1
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    Thanks Shawn

    Jeff
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  2.    28 Dec 2014 #2
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    Shawn, I was just wondering, did you notice that once you set the Hue the Saturation and Brightness only controls the Menu and Task Bar; the Color Intensity only controls the window header/border, or is that just a glitch on my end?
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  3.    28 Dec 2014 #3
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    Hey Edwin,

    It may just be the color you have selected and combination of other settings. They still change the color of everything for me.

    If you like, post a screenshot of what you have set, and I'll test with the same settings to see how it does for me.
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  4.    28 Dec 2014 #4
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    Bug = Even you show a much darker green color on the start menu than window headers I don't think you can really say a header is a border
    Nice tutorial though
    Cheers.
    Last edited by Brink; 05 Mar 2015 at 10:07.
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  5.    28 Dec 2014 #5
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    Yeah, the transparency for the taskbar causes the color you select to blend in with the desktop background some. Since I have a dark background, it made the taskbar look darker as well from the bleed-through.
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  6.    28 Dec 2014 #6
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    Yep don't get me started on the taskbar
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  7.    28 Dec 2014 #7
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    LOL
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  8.    28 Dec 2014 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Yeah, the transparency for the taskbar causes the color you select to blend in with the desktop background some. Since I have a dark background, it made the taskbar look darker as well from the bleed-through.
    It's worse in Build 9901!
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  9.    28 Dec 2014 #9
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    It's really kind of sad Microsoft can't get uniform colors on headers and the start menu
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