2 Ways to Change Taskbar Color in Windows 11

Windows 11 allows you to set a color on the taskbar or have it change automatically based on the currently displayed wallpaper. If you set the color of the taskbar based on the dominant color of the wallpaper, the color of the taskbar will change every time a new wallpaper in the slideshow appears on your desktop.

It is worth noting that after setting the color of the taskbar, the start menu will also display the same color as the taskbar. Because there is no way to just change the color of the taskbar. Next, this article will tell you how to change the taskbar color in Windows 11.

Change Taskbar Color in Windows 11 via Setting

Change the taskbar color through the Settings app.

Open the Start menu and click Settings.

Click the Personalization tab in the left sidebar to continue.

Click the Color tile in the right section.

From the Choose Your Mode tile, click the drop-down menu and select Custom or Dark. Because the taskbar color doesn’t work in Light mode, you must select Custom or Dark first.

Select “Dark” and your Windows and applications will be in dark mode.

Select “Custom” to make different settings for Windows and applications.

Choose Dark from Choose your default Windows mode. Leaving the default app mode as “Light” will not affect the taskbar color.

Click the drop-down menu after the “Accent Color” option and choose the “Auto” or “Manual” option depending on your preference. Select “Auto” and the color of the taskbar will match your device’s current wallpaper color.

Select Manual, click a color in the options grid or click the View Colors button on the Custom Colors tile to use the color picker to set the color.

Turn on “Show accent color on start and taskbar”. This toggle is not available in Lightweight Windows themes.

Then you will see the colors set on the taskbar and start menu.

Change Taskbar Color Without Windows 11 Being Activated

If you don’t have Windows 11 activated, changing the taskbar color is a little more complicated. This can be achieved by adjusting the system’s registry editor.

Open the Start menu, search for the registry, and from the search results, click Registry Editor.

Type or copy+paste the address mentioned below in the address bar and press Enter.

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

Double-click the “ColorPrevalance” DWORD file to open its properties.

Enter 1 in the value field, click the OK button to confirm and close.

Type the address below

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

Double-click the “AutoColorization” DWORD file to continue.

Enter 1 in the value field and click the OK button.

Restart your PC. The color of the taskbar and start menu will match the current desktop wallpaper. When the wallpaper color is changed, the color of the taskbar will also change.

These are the detailed steps on how to change the color of the taskbar on Windows 11.


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