How to change the Desktop font color in Windows 10

If you are looking for a way to change the Desktop font color in Windows 10, then you have come to the right place. This is something that is not much talked – but after researching a bit, we came to the conclusion that it can be done. There are many ways to do this. And we will be talking about all of them.

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Change the Desktop font color

If you are wondering – How to change the font color of your desktop icons in Windows 10, then you have the following ways to do it:

  1. Create a custom High Contrast theme.
  2. Play with the Backgrounds
  3. Use one of these 3 free tools.

Let us see these methods in details.

1] Create a custom High Contrast theme

Open the Windows 10 Settings App.

Navigate along the following path: Ease of Access > High Contrast.

Turn the toggle for Turn on high contrast to be On.

Now, under the section for Select a colored rectangle to customize high contrast color, select the given box for the given items to customize how the colors appear across the operating system environment.

Select Apply to get a prompt to save the custom theme. Name it suitable, and it will apply the custom theme on your computer.

Using a drop-down on the top of the Select a colored rectangle to customize high contrast colors box, you can even toggle between all the custom and predefined themes.

2] Play with the Backgrounds

Basically, the Desktop icon fonts are dynamic and change accordingly to the desktop background so that they are readable. Try this workaround and see if it helps.

Open Settings > Personalization. Under Background, select Solid color.

Then, choose a light background, e.g., orange and the font will turn from white to black.

Then, immediately change your desktop background back to Picture and select your favorite. The color should remain black now.

This has worked for many and hopefully, it will work for you too.

2] Use Freeware

Download Desktop Icon Toy. After you have installed it like any other program, run the program.

From the left side navigation panel, select Color.

Make sure that Disable text drop shadow to allow changing color is enabled.

Now select Change Text Color under the section of Icon Text Color.

You will get a color pallet to select your color from.

When you select your color, select OK. Then, select OK for the Desktop Toy Icon window again.

Reboot your computer, and you will see the font color for the Desktop icons on your computer is changed.

You can download the latest version of Desktop Icon Toy from here. The un-registered version is free, fully functional, but with restricted functionality after 14 days.

Iconoid and Classic Color Panel are other freeware that can help you change the desktop font color.

I hope you found this tutorial helpful.

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Ayush has been a Windows enthusiast since the day he got his first PC with Windows 98SE. He is an active Windows Insider since Day 1 and is now a Windows Insider MVP. He has been testing pre-release services on his Windows 10 PC, Lumia, and Android devices.