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How to Change Taskbar Color in Windows 10

Windows 10 lets you customize the taskbar color to your liking. Here are the instructions to change the taskbar color in Windows 10.

By default, the Windows 10 taskbar color is either dark or light. On compatible systems, transparency and blur effects are also enabled. Generally, these dark and light schemes are pretty good and make the icons stand out.

However, did you know that you can add color to the Windows 10 taskbar? Yes, you can change the taskbar color in Windows 10 to almost anything you want. All you have to do is choose a color from the predefined palette or a near-infinite color picker. Besides the taskbar color, you can also control whether you want the transparency effect. This is particularly useful if you prefer a solid taskbar full of custom colors.

In this quick guide, let me show you the procedure to change the taskbar color in Windows 10.

Steps to Change Taskbar Color in Windows 10

  1. First, open the Settings app. You can do that by pressing the “Windows Key + I” keyboard shortcut.
  2. Go to the “Personalization” page.
  3. In the personalization page, click on the “Colors” option. You will find it on the left panel.
  4. Select “Dark” in the “Choose your color mode” section.
  5. In the colors panel, select the “Start, taskbar, and action center” checkbox under “Show accent color on the following surfaces” section.
  6. After that, choose a color from the color palette on the same page. This color is instantly applied to the taskbar.Set-new-taskbar-color-300820
  7. If you cannot find the color of your choice, click on the “Custom color” button under the color palette.
  8. Select a color of your choice and click “Done“.
  9. Close the Settings app.

That is all. As soon as you follow the steps above, the new color is applied to the taskbar. Note that the color is also applied to the Start menu and Action Center, creating a unified and pleasing look.

Important note: If you don’t want to use Dark mode just to add color to your taskbar, select “Custom” from the “Choose your color” section, then select “Dark” under “Choose your default Windows mode” and “Light” under “Choose your default app mode”.


To further customize the taskbar, check out the linked articles below. Windows 11 users can follow this guide to change the taskbar color in Windows 11.

I hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I’ll be happy to assist.

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