How to add a custom color for Windows 10 taskbar

The default settings in Windows 10 imparts a black color to the taskbar, Action Center and even the Start Menu of the interface but that doesn’t limit the scope of a user to change it to the color of his choice. The latest version of the OS houses multiple options and different settings to customize taskbar and Start menu in Windows 10. As such, you can add a custom color to taskbar in the Windows 10 Settings app.

Add a custom color for taskbar in Windows 10

To do this, launch the ‘Settings’ app. From the menu, select the ‘Personalization’ tile and chose ‘Colors’ option.

Automatically pick color

Then, look for the option ‘Automatically pick an accent color from my background’. If the option is enabled, disable it for acquiring the ability to control colors for the taskbar and other appearance elements.

Personalization color chose

Keep scrolling down, until you find the last color box. This is the box that allows customisation by a user.

To proceed further, enable the option “Show color on taskbar, Start menu and Action Center”  and select one of the predefined colors as a current color, ignoring the last box.

Now, open registry editor. To do so, press Win key +R in combination.

In the Run dialog box that appears, type ‘Regedit’ and hit Enter. Navigate to the following path:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize

Here, you should notice a 32-bit DWORD value SpecialColor. In Windows 10 it already has a value data.

Personalization color value change

This value is a color in Alpha, Blue, Green, Red color, abbreviated form ABGR format. You can enter value to specify your own custom color. For example, here, I have set a gray color by changing the SpecialColor value data to grey (the value is 00bab4ab).color changed

Personalization color value change 2

Restart your computer and you will see the changes take effect.

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The author Hemant Saxena is a post-graduate in bio-technology and has an immense interest in following Windows, Office and other technology developments. Quiet by nature, he is an avid Lacrosse player. Creating a System Restore Point first before installing a new software, and being careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware is recommended.

14 Comments

  1. DarkflameQ

    This doesn’t appear to work on the RTM version, a shame as the default blue color is really fucking annoying, light grey would of been a much better default color, could of at least given us the ability to turn it off or change colors in personalize but nope, MS are idiots.

  2. Patrick

    I’m running the RTM version and it’s working fine for me. Plus, mine was never blue.

  3. steelew

    Mine (RTM) didn’t seem to change either. I see the Hex color code after reboot but my colors are the same. They really seem to darken the color you choose in Windows 10. In windows 8 I feel like I had a lot more control over silly things like the color of my UI. I hope someone comes out with a tweak for this. I use orange as my accent color and I end up with brown.

  4. ???????

    Not work! Win 10 Home (upgrade from Win7 OEM). After reboot color the same as in app settings. So, how we can add a custom color to taskbar?

  5. Chris B

    Well you know you are using a poor OS when you cannot pick your own colour system from the start. Big fail Microsoft where is a colour wheel like in the old amiga days. The colour wheel was from the early ninths.

  6. real name

    This doesn’t work. Windows 10 Pro.

  7. Judith Kunz

    Plus how do you know what number the color you want is?

  8. Transflux

    Is there any way to get window title bars to change (as was added in the fall update) without it also changing the taskbar? I really like the black taskbar but can’t stand the white title bars that come along with it.

  9. Click on the Start Button. Start Menu will open. There you will see Settings. Click on it.

  10. Tyler Hunt

    What is the value for a completely white taskbar?

  11. Listatta Moorlord

    apparently this blogger doesn’t know what the hell he is talking about. and had no clue about how to use windows! FAIL.

  12. Darrin Tyler

    No such thing as ABGR. I can’t find anything online anywhere to confirm this. This format doesn’t seem to exist. There is RGBA….

  13. AlienMan33

    At the Registry Editor i do not see the SpecialColor thing at all! Might be because i am using a 64-bit computer…

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