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How To Change Start Menu And Taskbar Color On Windows 11

Key Takeaways

  • Start menu and taskbar color can be changed via the Setting app in Windows 11
  • You can have the color of your choice only when default Windows mode is set to Dark
  • The chosen accent color is applied to the Start menu and taskbar
  • Accent color can be chosen automatically or manually.

The wallpaper, themes, and colors on the computer need to be our choice. Microsoft allows you to customize all of it the way you like. You can change Start menu and taskbar color on Windows 11 as well. Customizing the computer as per our need and taste is something everyone looks forward to.

Once you upgrade to Windows 11, you can change your PC’s entire look and feel. For example, you can add a transparency effect and apply the accent color of your choice to the taskbar and Start menu. Let’s see how to change the Start menu and taskbar colors on Windows 11 in a simple and straightforward way.

How To Change Start Menu And Taskbar Color On Windows 11

Like every other customization option, the option to change the color of the Start menu and taskbar is available in Windows Settings app. You can follow a few steps mentioned below and get the desired color on the Windows 11 Start menu and taskbar.

How to Change Start Menu And Taskbar Color on Windows 11

1. Go to Settings app ➜ Personalization ➜ Colors.
2. Set the Accent color to manual and select the color of your choice.
3. Turn on the switch next to Show accent color on Start and taskbar.

The color for taskbar and Start will immediately change. However, if you need detailed instructions or “Show accent color on Start and the taskbar” is disabled, you can go through the steps given below to change taskbar color.

Step 1: Press Windows key + I keyboard shortcut to open the “Settings” app on your Windows 11 PC and select “Personalization.”

Select Personalization
Select Personalization

Step 2: In the Personalization settings, click on the “Colors” option.

Select Colors
Select Colors

Step 3: There are 2 options for “Choose your mode” color settings. You can only apply colors to the Start menu and taskbar in dark mode; otherwise, the option to do so will be blurred out. So, check out your settings option below.

Option 1: You can select “Custom” in the Choose your mode drop-down menu. And then select “Dark” for “Choose your default Windows mode.” You can choose the “Light” option for “Choose your default app mode.” This option can be helpful when you like to view Settings, File Explorer and other apps in light mode.

Choose the mode as Custom mode
Choose the mode as Custom mode

Option 2: If you like to use the dark mode in the app window as well as Windows, you can select “Dark” in Choose your mode.

Select Dark mode
Select Dark mode

Step 4: Toggle the switch next to the “Show accent color on Start and taskbar” option.  

Enable accent color on Start and taskbar
Enable accent color on Start and taskbar

Step 5: You can let the system set the accent color for you based on the selected theme, or you can have the color of your choice, irrespective of the theme.

Select “Automatic” in the Accent color tab to use the accent color based on the theme.

Set the accent color automatically
Set the accent color automatically

You can skip all the steps below.

However, if you wish to set the taskbar and Start menu color yourself, select the “Manual” option in Accent color.

 Set the accent color manually
Set the accent color manually

Step 6: If you want to have a custom color, click on the “View colors” button next to Custom colors. In case of normal color, you can select one from Windows colors.

Click on View colors to pick custom accent color
Click on View colors to pick custom accent color

Step 7: You can scroll the color picker over the palette to choose the color of your choice. The Color preview section will show how the selected color looks on your computer.

Step 8: Click on “Done” to save the selected color and change Start menu and taskbar color on Windows 11.

Select the preferred color
Select the preferred color

The color change will be seen on the taskbar and Start immediately.

Start menu and taskbar with changed color
Start menu and taskbar with changed color

You can now change Start menu and taskbar color on Windows 11 as per your mood. It is fun to play around with colors.

Conclusion

Some of us like to have a taskbar and Start menu blue, purple, red, or any other color as per our mood and seasons. Well, you can do so conveniently on your Windows 11 PCs. Moreover, it is convenient to change the color as per your wish in the dark mode.

The only con in this process is that you need to set Windows default mode as dark. This can be annoying for the users like me, who are interested in light mode but still wish to have a taskbar and Start menu of different colors. The guide can help you change Start menu and taskbar color on Windows 11 easily via the Settings app. You can either set the color manually or use theme dependent color.

FAQs

Can you change the taskbar color in Windows 11?

Yes, you can change the taskbar color in Windows 11 using the Personalization section in the Settings app.

How do I get accent colors on my taskbar and Start menu in Windows 11?

Go to Settings app ➜ Personalization ➜ Colors and enable Show accent color on Start and taskbar option to set the selected accent color on your taskbar and Start menu in Windows 11.

Why can't I change the color of my taskbar?

You need to set the mode as Dark mode to change the color of your taskbar. If the mode is set to light mode, the option to apply accent color to the taskbar will be blurred out, and you won’t be able to change the color of your taskbar.