How to Change ‘Inactive Title Bar’ Color in Windows 10 (No White Color)

In Windows 10, all inactive windows have a white title bar. This is done by Windows automatically regardless of your accent color. If you don’t like the generic white color or looking to customize it, follow the below steps to change inactive title bar color in Windows 10.

Windows lets you choose almost any accent color for title bars and other elements like start menu, taskbar, and the action center. As long as a window is active, the accent color is applied to the title bar. On all other windows, i.e, inactive windows, the title bar color is set to the generic white color. Though changing the inactive title bar color is nothing hard, it can be a bit tricky.

But I will try to be as simple and descriptive as possible in my explanation. So, it should be fine.

Change Color of Inactive Title Bar

1. First, you need to select the color you want to apply for inactive title bars. Windows takes hex color codes for custom colors. So, go to this website site and choose the color of your choice and copy the Hex code.

2. In my case, I’m choosing a light blueish/purplish color and its hex code is 6F72BA. Ignore the # symbol, we don’t need it.

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3. All color hex codes are in RGB (Red, Green, Blue) format. So, if you divide the 6F72BA hex code into RGB, you will get:

  • Red — 6F
  • Green — 72
  • Blue — BA

4. However, Windows needs a BGR hex code (Blue, Green, Red). So, switch red and blue places in the hex code you got earlier to get the BGR hex code. In my case, the BGR hex code will be BA726F. As you can see, I’ve shifted BA to the start of hex code and 6F to the end.

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5. Once you have the BGR hex code, open the start menu, search for “Registry Editor” and open it.

Important: Before editing the registry, make sure to create the registry backup. The backup helps you restore Windows Registry if anything bad happens in the editing process. Its always better to be safe than sorry.

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6. In the registry editor, copy the below path, paste it in the address bar and press Enter. You will be taken to the target folder.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\DWM

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7. On the right panel, right-click and select “New -> DWORD (32-bit) value”. Name the new value as “AccentColorInactive“.

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8. Double-click on the newly created value and enter the BGR hex code you got in step 4. Click on the “Ok” button to save the changes.

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9. Close Windows Registry Editor.

10. The changes are instant and you will see the custom color on inactive title bars.

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If you are not seeing the colored inactive title bars, reboot the system and check again.

If you ever want to revert back, simply delete the “AccentColorInactive” value we created and you are good to go.

That is all. It is that simple to change the inactive title bar color in Windows 10. If you are facing any problem are stuck somewhere while following the tutorial, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible.

3 thoughts on “How to Change ‘Inactive Title Bar’ Color in Windows 10 (No White Color)”

  1. Avatar for wschloss

    The majority of my apps do not respect this setting, including Microsoft 365 (Office), Apple iTunes, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera portable Browser. All the most recent versions with up-to-date Windows 10, recent Intel laptop 16gb, etc. Anything more that can be done? (since first tried in May, restarted many times, just didn’t get around to posting till now). I suspect MS just isn’t interested in supporting this level of control anymore, but it’s really annoying because it’s often distracting to choose the correct non-focus window.

    1. Avatar for Bashkarla

      Hi wschloss,

      If an application is using custom title bar colors/settings then the above changes will have no effect on them. The application can override the custom settings.

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