You can personalize the color or accent color for window title bars and borders, the Start button, or the taskbar.

  • The Dark mode has colors that are designed to work well in a low-lit environment. This option is for the Start menu, taskbar, and action center.

  • The Light mode is designed to work well during daylight hours. If you choose this option, you’ll be able to show an accent color for window title bars and borders.

    Note: The Light mode doesn't personalize the color of the Start menu, taskbar, and action center (that option is only available for Dark and Custom modes).

  • The Custom mode gives you options between Light and Dark. You can choose an accent color, or have Windows select one (the accent color will provide a contrast with, or match, your wallpaper and Windows color). This option is for the Start menu, taskbar, and action center. You can also show an accent color for window title bars (the horizontal bar at the top of a window) and borders. You can play around with the colors and modes to see which ones work best for you.

Change colors in Light mode

  1. Select Start  > Settings .

  2. Select Personalization > Colors.
    Open Colors setting

  3. In the list for Choose your mode, select Light.

  4. Expand the Accent color section, then:

    • To have Windows automatically pick an accent color, select Automatic.

    • To manually select an accent color, select one under Recent colors or Windows colors, or select View colors (next to Custom colors) for an even more detailed option.

Change colors in Dark mode

  1. Select Start  > Settings .

  2. Select Personalization > Colors.
    Open Colors setting

  3. In the list for Choose your mode, select Dark.

  4. Expand the Accent color section, then:

    • To have Windows automatically pick an accent color, select Automatic.

    • To manually select an accent color, select Manual, then select the list to the right and select a color under Recent colors or Windows colors, or select View colors (next to Custom colors) for an even more detailed option.

  5. Scroll down and select the toggle for Show accent color on Start and taskbar and Show accent colors on tile bars and windows borders to turn them on or off, as desired.

Change colors in Custom mode

  1. Select Start  > Settings .

  2. Select Personalization > Colors.
    Open Colors setting

  3. In the list for Choose your mode, select Custom.

  4. In the list for Choose your default Windows mode, select Dark.

  5. In the list for Choose your default app mode, select Light or Dark.

  6. Expand the Accent color section, then:

    • To have Windows automatically pick an accent color, select Automatic.

    • To manually select an accent color, select Manual, then select the list to the right and select a color under Recent colors or Windows colors, or select View colors (next to Custom colors) for an even more detailed option.

  7. Scroll down and select the toggle for Show accent color on Start and taskbar and Show accent colors on tile bars and windows borders to turn them on or off, as desired.

You can personalize the color or accent color for window title bars and borders, the Start button, or the taskbar.

  • The Dark mode has colors that are designed to work well in a low-lit environment. This option is for the Start menu, taskbar, and action center.

  • The Light mode is designed to work well during daylight hours. If you choose this option, you’ll be able to show an accent color for window title bars and borders.

    Note: The Light mode doesn't personalize the color of the Start menu, taskbar, and action center (that option is only available for Dark and Custom modes).

  • The Custom mode gives you options between Light and Dark. You can choose an accent color, or have Windows select one (the accent color will provide a contrast with, or match, your wallpaper and Windows color). This option is for the Start menu, taskbar, and action center. You can also show an accent color for window title bars (the horizontal bar at the top of a window) and borders. You can play around with the colors and modes to see which ones work best for you.

Change colors in Light mode

  1. Select Start  > Settings .

  2. Select Personalization  > Colors.
    Open Colors setting

  3. Under Choose your color, select Light.

  4. To manually select an accent color, choose one under Recent colors or Windows colors, or select Custom color for an even more detailed option. Or select the Automatically pick an accent color from my background box to have Windows select the color. The accent color you choose will help offset and complement the Light mode.

Change colors in Dark mode

  1. Select Start  > Settings .

  2. Select Personalization  > Colors.
    Open Colors setting

  3. Under Choose your color, select Dark.

  4. To manually select an accent color, choose one under Recent colors or Windows colors, or select Custom color for an even more detailed option. Or select the Automatically pick an accent color from my background box to have Windows select the color. The accent color will help offset and complement the Dark mode.

  5. Under Show accent color on the following surfaces, select the Start, taskbar, and action center box and the Title bars and window borders box.
    Show accent color check boxes in personalization colors UI

Change colors in Custom mode

  1. Select Start  > Settings .

  2. Select Personalization > Colors.
    Open Colors setting

  3. Under Choose your color, select Custom.

  4. Under Choose your default Windows mode, select Dark.

  5. Under Choose your default app mode, select Light or Dark.

  6. To manually select an accent color, choose one under Recent colors or Windows colors, or select Custom color for an even more detailed option. Or select the Automatically pick an accent color from my background box to have Windows select the color. The accent color will help offset and complement the Custom mode.

  7. Under Show accent color on the following surfaces, select the Start, taskbar, and action center box and the Title bars and window borders box.
    Show accent color check boxes in personalization colors UI

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