How to Change Start Menu Color on Windows 10

The new Windows 10 Start menu lets you set any color you want. Here are the steps to change the Start menu color on Windows 10.

In the new Windows 10 update, Microsoft improved the overall look and feel of the Start menu. You can now apply any color you want to the Start menu. The color customization adds to the overall Windows personalization.

Now, adding color to the Start menu is nothing new. You can do that in older versions too. However, the new Start menu is much more streamlined in terms of looks and the color is applied evenly to both the Start menu background, tiles, and other elements. In fact, not only the color but Microsoft also improved how the Start menu looks in the default dark and light mode too.

So, without further ado, let me guide you through the steps to change the start menu color on Windows 10.

Important Note: For better results, you should be using Windows 10 v20H2 or higher. If you are using 2004 or lower, the Start menu color will no apply evenly. i.e, the Start menu tiles won’t respect your color choice and shows the default blue or other colors.

Steps to change the start menu color

Follow these steps to change the Start menu color in Windows 10.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Click on “Personalization”.
  3. Select the “Colors” tab on the sidebar.
  4. Select “Dark” from the “Choose your color” dropdown menu.
  5. Next, select the color of your choice from the color swatch.
  6. Scroll down and select the “start, taskbar, and action center” checkbox.

Detailed steps

1. First thing you need is the Settings app. So, press the “Win + I” shortcut to open it. If needed, you can also search for “Settings” in the Start menu.

2. After opening it, go to the “Personalization → Colors” page. This is where you will find the option to add color to the start menu and other parts of Windows.

3. On the right page, select the “Dark” option from the “Choose your color” dropdown menu.

It is important to configure this option because only the dark mode allows you to set the color to the Start menu. If you don’t like the full dark mode, select “Custom” and then set “Default Windows mode” to “Dark” and “Default app mode” to “Light.” That way, the dark mode is only applied to Windows components like the start menu, taskbar, action center, etc. Your File Explorer, settings apps, etc., will use the light mode.

4. Now, choose the color of your choice. If you want to set the color according to your wallpaper, select the “Automatically pick an accent color from my background” checkbox.


5. After selecting the color, scroll down and select the “Start, taskbar, and action center” checkbox.


That is all. As soon as select the checkbox, the color is applied to the Start menu, taskbar, and action center. As you can see, though somewhat tricky, it is pretty easy to change the Start menu color in Windows 10.

I hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible. If you like this article, check out how to automatically change wallpaper every day.

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