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    Start, Taskbar, and Action Center Color - Turn On or Off in Windows 10

    Start, Taskbar, and Action Center Color - Turn On or Off in Windows 10

    Turn On or Off Show Color on Start, Taskbar, and Action Center in Windows 10
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    Turn On or Off Show Color on Start, Taskbar, and Action Center in Windows 10

    information   Information
    Windows 10 includes 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. You can change the color of Start, taskbar, title bars (build 10525), and Action Center.

    This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off to show color on Start, taskbar, and action center for your account in Windows 10.

    Note   Note
    If you are using a high contrast theme, then you will not be able to turn on or off to show color on taskbar and Start menu since it will be disabled.

    If you turn off show color on Start, taskbar, and action center, your Start menu, taskbar, and action center background will have a black color.

    If you turn on show color on Start, taskbar, and action center will have the color you selected.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: Turn On or Off Show Color on your Start, Taskbar, and Action Center in Settings
    • Option Two: Turn On or Off Show Color on your Start, Taskbar, and Action Center using a BAT file




    EXAMPLE: Show Color on Start, Taskbar, and Action Center turned On and Off
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    Start, Taskbar, and Action Center Color - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Start, Taskbar, and Action Center Color - Turn On or Off in Windows 10
    Turn On or Off Show Color on your Start, Taskbar, and Action Center in Settings

    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Personalization icon.

    2. Click/tap on Colors on the left side, and turn on or off (default) Show color on Start, taskbar, and action center at the bottom of the right side for what you want it set to. (see screenshot below)

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

    4. If you turned on Show color on Start, taskbar, and action center, then you can now change the color to what you like.






    Start, Taskbar, and Action Center Color - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Start, Taskbar, and Action Center Color - Turn On or Off in Windows 10
    Turn On or Off Show Color on your Start, Taskbar, and Action Center using a BAT file

    Note   Note
    The .bat files below will modify the DWORD values in the registry key below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize

    ColorPrevalence DWORD

    0 = Turn off show color on Start, taskbar, and action center
    1 = Turn on show color on Start, taskbar, and action center


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


     2. To Turn On Show Color on Start, Taskbar, and Action Center

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

    Turn_On_Show_Color_on_Start_taskbar_action-center.bat

    download


     3. To Turn Off Show Color on Start, Taskbar, and Action Center

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

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

    Turn_Off_Show_Color_on_Start_taskbar_action-center.bat

    download

    4. Save the .bat file to your desktop, and run the .bat file.

    5. If prompted, click/tap on Run to approve.
    NOTE: If you like, you can unblock the .bat file to stop getting the Run prompt.

    6. You will now notice your screen flicker and a command prompt quickly open and close as explorer is restarted to apply the registry changes.

    7. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .bat file if you like.

    8. If you turned on Show color on Start, taskbar, and action center, then you can now change the color to what you like.




    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Joined : Jun 2015
    Posts : 11
    Windows 10
       2015-06-13 #1

    I am having problems with this. I ran the bat file to turn on colors. My start button won't click now. Also, when I attempt to open Personalize from the desktop context menu, I get a message that says "This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Please install a program or, if one is already installed, create an association in the Default Programs control panel." I was just in Personalize before running the bat.
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  2. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,344
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       2015-06-13 #2

    Hello Mystik, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Sounds like you may have some other issue at hand since the .bat file only changes what's in the note box, which is the same as what OPTION ONE does.

    As a test, restart the computer to see if it may just be a glitch.

    If it doesn't help, then download and merge the .reg file below to see if it may. It will restore the default registry entries for the "Personalize" desktop context menu.

    Personalize.reg

    Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\Personalize]
    @=hex(2):40,00,25,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,72,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,\
      00,25,00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,74,00,\
      68,00,65,00,6d,00,65,00,63,00,70,00,6c,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,2c,00,2d,\
      00,31,00,30,00,00,00
    "HideInSafeMode"=""
    "Icon"=hex(2):25,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,72,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,\
      00,25,00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,74,00,\
      68,00,65,00,6d,00,65,00,63,00,70,00,6c,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,2c,00,2d,\
      00,31,00,00,00
    "Position"="Bottom"
    "SettingsURI"="ms-settings:personalization"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\Personalize\command]
    "DelegateExecute"="{556FF0D6-A1EE-49E5-9FA4-90AE116AD744}"
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  3. Joined : Jun 2015
    Posts : 11
    Windows 10
       2015-06-13 #3

    Thank you for the welcome...and apologize for the alarm there. The restart seems to have fixed it. It was quite weird, though...I didn't seem to have any permissions suddenly before the reboot. I couldn't even save a document to the normal folder.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  4. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,344
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       2015-06-13 #4

    No worries. I always want to hear about any issues to see what was wrong so that it can be corrected or help others.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  5. Joined : Jun 2015
    Posts : 11
    Windows 10
       2015-06-13 #5



    Do you happen to know how to get the other colors to work? For example, I tried changing the ActiveTitle to 19 35 212 and InactiveTitle to 117 118 120...just some example darker colors...but it did not take effect. I did reboot again, just in case it would not change until that. TIA if any info.
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  6. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,344
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       2015-06-13 #6

    You would need to use a high contrast theme to be able to change those like in step 7 below.

    Color and Appearance - Change in Windows 10
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  7. Joined : Jun 2015
    Posts : 11
    Windows 10
       2015-06-13 #7

    Bah. Was hoping there was a better way. I did see that before. Oh well. I'll stick with the other for now.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  8. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,344
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       2015-06-13 #8

    I don't blame you. I don't care for the high contrast themes either.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  9. Joined : Sep 2015
    Posts : 2
    windows 10
       2015-09-03 #9

    RegKey is wrong

    WRONG

    The .bat files below are for changing the registry key and value below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize

    RIGHT

    The .bat files below are for changing the registry key and value below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


 
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