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Create A Color Theme For Any Background In Windows 10

The Personalization options in Windows 10 have changed. For the most part, you can manage basic settings related to backgrounds and colors from the Settings app. If you’re trying to set a theme in Windows 10, you will have to switch to the Personalization pane in the Control Panel but that too has been stripped so that you can no longer set sounds, colors, and a screensaver. Any colors you can set for the Taskbar, Start menu, and the window borders are set from the Settings app and you can only choose one. Now there are plenty of ways to modify the UI. You can use tools like Rainmeter and find a great skin pack to make Windows 10 look good but, if you’re not into any heavy tweaking, but would like to freely tweak the colors in Windows 10 to go with a certain back ground, and save it as a theme, here’s how.

You will need the following;

One super awesome desktop wallpaper of your choosing

Windows 10 Color Control 

Step 1: Set your wallpaper from the Settings app in the Personalization group of settings.

Step 2: You can go to the Colors tab and set one of the predefined colors for the Start menu, Taskbar, and windows’ borders or you can use the pick accent color from background option. This accent color option usually give a more visually appealing color but it doesn’t always deliver. In the event that you don’t like it, turn off the accent feature and proceed to the next step.


This is where the Windows 10 color control utility comes in. The utility does three things; it lets you set a different color for the Start menu and Taskbar, and the windows borders, it lets you turn of the dark accent effect that’s applied to the Taskbar and Start menu, and it lets you freely choose a color for both these elements.

Step 3: Open the background you’ve just set in the Paint app. Select the color picker tool and click the color you want to set for the Start menu and taskbar. Once the color has been picked, click the Edit Colors button to get its RGB values.

Step 4: Launch the Windows 10 Color Control utility and pick a more suitable color to use on the Start menu and the Taskbar. It’s up to you if you decide to turn the accent effect off. Follow suit to set a different color for the windows borders.


You end up with a much better, and more visually appealing color scheme for Windows.


And you can get the windows borders to stand out more vividly against the background as well as other apps.


The downside of course is that you can’t save this as a theme. When attempting to save as a theme, Windows 10 ignores one of the two colors you set with the color control tool so that when you apply it the next time, it looks bad. Very bad.


  1. I don’t understand why you’d open paint and get the colors and then open the color control tool and do the same thing.

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