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How to change the color of the Start Menu and Taskbar in Windows 10

How to change the color of the Start Menu and Taskbar in Windows 10

by AshwinFebruary 18, 2016

So, you know how to change the wallpaper in Windows 10.

color Start Menu and Taskbar in Windows 10

But have you noticed something very odd, when you selected the deskyop background?

You know what I’m talking about. It’s the taskbar, it has changed its color, hasn’t it? Try opening the the Start Menu, do the tiles have the same color as well? It should, because Windows 10 will automatically personalize your theme for you, when you change the wallpaper. It chooses an accent colour based on your wallpaper’s. And yes, sometimes Windows 10 does pick an annoyingly flashy colour which is not easy on the eyes.

Don’t worry, if you don’t like it, or simply want to use a different one, you can. It is actually very easy to change the color of the Start Menu and Taskbar, and even a new user can do it by following this guide.

How to change the color of the Start Menu and Taskbar in Windows 10

1. Click on the Start Menu and open the settings app.

2. Now, click on the option which says “Personalization”.

3. Select the “Colors” tab in the left side bar.

4. In the right pane of the Window, you will see some options. The window also has a preview of the current theme’s colours. So when you change it using the next steps, you can view the changes here (without switching to the desktop).

5. The option below it is the annoyance, ” Automatically pick an accent colour from my background.” Disabling this option will let you pick your own custom color. But there are very few options, most of which aren’t easy on the eyes.

Taskbar Windows 10

6. The second setting says “Show color on Start, Taskbar, Action Center and Title bar”. Enabling this will change the colour of all the aforementioned parts of the Windows 10 UI.

accent color Start Menu Taskbar Windows 10

7. The last option is for making the Start Menu, Taskbar and Action Center transparent. This actually uses the frosted glass look, instead of the Windows 7 Aero look, which many users do not like. Disabling this option will make the areas, use a solid color instead.

It would have been better, if Microsoft did allow users to use a Palette or a Hex Color Code to change the accent colours, and hopefully they will add it soon. You can actually use the hex codes, but you need to modify a registry setting, which can result in causing problems (if you don’t know what you’re doing), and which is why we don’t recommend it.