How to show Color on Start Menu and Taskbar in Windows 10

One noticeable difference in Windows 10 is the return of the Start Menu that was given a miss in the earlier version The new Start menu displays a classic Windows 7 Start menu on the left side, featuring all apps link and a tile-laden Windows 8 Start screen towards its right. The good part is, you can show color on the Start Menu  and along with it, on the taskbar too, to suit your preferences. Here’s a quick rundown for achieving the following changes.

Show Color on Windows 10 Start Menu & Taskbar

To show the color on your Start Menu and taskbar in Windows 10, open the Sart Menu and click open Settings.

show Color on Start Menu and Taskbar in Windows 10

Click on ‘Personalization’.


From the left-side of Personalization Settings, click on Colors. Here you can set it to Automatically pick an accent color from your background, by moving the button to On position, or you can move the button to the Off position and select and choose your accent color.

Automatically pick color


You can chose to have an accent color selected automatically from your background image. If you do not require it, turn off the option. Remember, if this option is turned off, the ‘Start menu’, taskbar and action center will display a dark gray color, but tiles will appear colored in your accent color. You can even choose to make your Start menu/Start screen transparent or opaque.

Click on a color to select the color and apply it as the color for Start, taskbar, action center and other chosen areas of the OS.

You may also check if the option titled Show color on Start, taskbar, and action center is turned on or not. If it is not turned ‘On’, switch it to ‘On’. You will find this setting just below the above-mentioned setting.


That’s it!

There are several other settings you can change to personalize your Windows 10 experience. You can:

  1. Prevent themes from changing Desktop icons
  2. Make Taskbar transparent or blurred in Windows 10
  3. Remove Transparency and Enable Blur in Start Menu.
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