How to customize colors in Windows 10

Updated: 12/31/2020 by Computer Hope
Colors menu in Windows 10.

Windows 10 provides its users with a high level of personalization. One of these features is the ability to change the colors they see on various elements including the taskbar, Action Center, and Start button. The following article shows not only how to customize color schemes, but some of the effects that may also be changed.

Selecting a color scheme

  1. Press the Windows key, then type Settings and press Enter.
  2. On the left side of the screen, under personalization, ensure that the Colors tab is selected.

Colors tab in Windows 10.

  1. Choose a color from the palette in the center of the screen under the Windows colors section.

Color palette in Windows 10.


Check the box Automatically pick an accent color from my background to have Windows set a scheme for you.

More options

In the section below the color palette, there are additional options. We'll explain each of them below the image.

More options section for colors in Windows 10.

  1. Transparency effects - This toggle button allows the user to turn on a "see through" effect for the taskbar, Action Center, and Start menu.
  2. Show accent color on the following surfaces - These two checkboxes add the user's preferred color (chosen from the palette shown above) to the areas listed.
  3. Choose your default app mode - This option changes the background color of Windows menus to either black or white.