Tired of the same old taskbar? Windows 10 lets you customize its appearance, including changing the color of the taskbar. The method isn’t obvious, but it’s easy with a trip to Settings. Here’s how to do it.

To get started, launch the Windows Settings app by pressing Windows+i on your keyboard. Or you can open the Start menu and select the little gear icon on the left.

Under “Settings”, click on “Personalization”.

Under Windows 10 Settings, click

In the “Personalization” settings, select “Colors” in the sidebar.

In the Personalization settings, click

In the “Colors” settings, click on the “Choose your color” dropdown menu and select “Custom”.

In Windows settings, under

When you select “Custom” from the “Choose your color” menu, two new options will be revealed below. In the option below “Choose your default Windows mode”, select “Dark”. This allows you to apply a theme color to your taskbar.

(You can choose “Light” or “Dark” for your “default app mode” based on your preference, and it won’t affect your taskbar color choice.)

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After that, scroll down to the “Choose your accent color” section. If “Automatically choose an accent color from my background” is selected, Windows will automatically choose a color that matches your desktop wallpaper.

To manually choose a color, uncheck “Automatically choose an accent color from my background” and click a color in the grid of colored squares just below. (To choose a custom color that isn’t already on the grid, click the “Custom Color” button below the grid.)

Under Window Settings, choose your grid accent color.

To make the color you’ve selected apply to the taskbar, find “Show accent color on the following surfaces” and place a checkmark next to “Start, taskbar, and action center.”

(If you find this option attenuated , make sure you have selected “Dark” as your “default Windows mode” as shown in a previous step. Custom taskbar colors don’t work in “Light” mode.)

Place a check mark next to

Immediately, you will see that the color you selected is applied to the taskbar.

A colored Windows 10 taskbar.

It also colored the Start menu and action center with the same accent color. To apply the color to window title bars as well, place a check mark next to “Title bars and window borders”.

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If you change your mind later and want to return to Windows 10 standard theme open Settings and go to Personalization > Colors, then select “Light” from the “Choose your color” dropdown menu. Have fun!

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