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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
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    How to Change Color of Window Borders and Taskbar in Windows 8 and 8.1


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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    You're welcome. Please let us know how it went.
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