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Window Color and Appearance - Change in Windows 8

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    Window Color and Appearance - Change in Windows 8

    Window Color and Appearance - Change in Windows 8
    How to Change Color of Window Borders and Taskbar in Windows 8 and 8.1
    Published by Brink is offline
    30 May 2012
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    How to Change Color of Window Borders and Taskbar in Windows 8 and 8.1


    information   Information
    This tutorial will show you how to change the color of your window borders, buttons, text, and taskbar in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

    Note   Note
    The color settings for a user are saved in the registry key locations below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors

    and

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\Colors




    Here's How:

    1. Do step 2, 3, or 4 below for how you would like to open Personalization.

    2. While on the desktop, open the Charms bar, click/tap on the Settings charm, click/tap on Personalization, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)
    NOTE: You could also press the Windows + I keys for this as well.

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    3. Right click or press and hold on an empty area of your desktop, click/tap on Personalize, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)

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    4. Open the Control Panel (icons view), click/tap on the Personalization icon, and go to step 5 below.

    5. Click/tap on the Color button at the bottom, and do step 6 or 7 below depending on what theme you are using. (see screenshot below)

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    6. If You are Using a "Windows Default" Theme
    NOTE: While using either one of these themes, you will be able to change the color of your window borders and taskbar.

    A) You can either select a specific color option you want, or select the Automatic (top left color box with fan) option to have a color chosen automatically based on the colors in your desktop background. (see screenshots below)

    B) If you selected a color and not Automatic, then move the sliders left and right to adjust the Color intensity and color mixer to how you like.

    C) When finished, go to step 8 below.

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    7. If You are Using a "High Contrast" Theme
    NOTE: While using this theme, you will be able to change the color of your window borders, buttons, and text.

    A) Click/tap on the Window, Foreground, or Background button on the right side of a item on the left side that you want to change the color for. (see screenshot below)

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    B) Select or set a color for the selected item, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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    C) Repeat steps 7A-7B for any other item you would like to change the color of.

    D) When finished, go to step 8 below.

    8. Click/tap on the Save changes button, and close the Personalization window.


    That's it,
    Shawn


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    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1


    Many thanks for the post. Is it possible to set these settings in the registry, script or via Group Policy (preferred option) please?

    I would like to be set to Automatic.

    Thanks

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    64-bit Windows 10 build 10166


    Hello FNGM, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    If you use a Microsoft account, then you could sync your settings after set to have them automatically applied to any Windows 8/8.1 PC that your sign in to with the same Microsoft account. This includes your current PC if you should reinstall.

    Sync Your Settings - Turn On or Off in Windows 8

    I'll look into the registry settings though.
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    64-bit Windows 10 build 10166


    FNGM,

    After you set your colors how you wanted them, you could export the registry keys below to back them up as a .reg file. To restore it to any user account, you would just merge the .reg file, then sign out and in to apply.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\Colors
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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    FNGM,

    After you set your colors how you wanted them, you could export the registry keys below to back them up as a .reg file. To restore it to any user account, you would just merge the .reg file, then sign out and in to apply.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\Colors

    Hi, we are a domain with 1,500 users so the microsoft account isn't an option. I will try the reg stuff.

    Thanks
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    64-bit Windows 10 build 10166


    You're welcome. Please let us know how it went.
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    Windows 7 ultimate and windows 10


    Just would like to say that this works in windows 10 technical preview as well as windows 8/8.1
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    64-bit Windows 10 build 10166


    Quote Originally Posted by DolphinOps View Post
    Just would like to say that this works in windows 10 technical preview as well as windows 8/8.1
    Thank you Patrick. If you like, here's a Windows 10 version of this tutorial.

    Color and Appearance - Change in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
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