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Window Color and Appearance - Change in Windows 8


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Window Color and Appearance - Change in Windows 8
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.
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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.
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.
Settings-Charm.jpg

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)
desktop.jpg

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)
color-2.jpg


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.​
color-3.jpg Color-Auto.jpg

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)​
color-contrast-1.jpg
B) Select or set a color for the selected item, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)​
color-contrast-2.jpg
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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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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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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Just would like to say that this works in windows 10 technical preview as well as windows 8/8.1
 

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