Personalization Change Accent Color in Windows 11

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Windows 11 gives you the option to personalize the color and accent color of a variety of surfaces you see when you use Windows.

You can personalize the colors that appear in Windows and your apps by setting the mode to Dark, Light, or Custom.

The Dark mode has a darker set of colors and is designed to work well in a low-lit environment.

The Light mode setting has a lighter color scheme across the Start menu, taskbar, Quick Settings, and notification center. It works well during daylight hours. If you choose the Light mode, you’ll be able to show an accent color for window title bars and borders. You won’t have the option to personalize the color of the Start menu and taskbar (that option is only available for Dark and Custom modes).

The Custom mode gives you more options somewhere in between light and dark. You can choose an accent color or have Windows select one (the accent color will provide a contrast with or match your wallpaper and Windows color). You can also show an accent color for window title bars (the horizontal bar at the top of a window) and borders. Play around with the colors and modes to see which ones work best for you.

You can select to let Windows automatically select an accent color from your background, or choose your own custom accent color.

This tutorial will show you how to change the accent color used on a variety of surfaces in Windows 11 for your account.


It is required to activate Windows 11 before you can choose an accent color to personalize your PC.

Accent color settings will be disabled if using a high contrast theme.


Color settings for windows are saved in the keys located below in Registry Editor (regedit) for the current user.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors

and

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\Colors


Color settings for the Start menu are saved in the StartColorMenu and AccentColorMenu DWORDs in the key located below in Registry Editor (regedit) for the current user.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Accent




Here's How:

1 Open Settings (Win+I). (see screenshot below)

2 Click/tap on Personalization on the left side, and click/tap on Colors on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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3 Do step 4 (automatic) or step 5 (manual) for how you want to choose an accent color.


4 Let Windows Automatically Select Accent Color

A) Select Automatic in the Accent color drop menu on the right side. (see screenshot below)​

This setting is stored in the DWORD value in the registry key below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

AutoColorization DWORD

0 = Manual
1 = Automatic


B) Go to step 6.​

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5 Manually Select Accent Color

A) Select Manual in the Accent color drop menu on the right side. (see screenshots below)​

This setting is stored in the DWORD value in the registry key below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

AutoColorization DWORD

0 = Manual
1 = Automatic


B) Select an accent color you want from Recent colors or Windows colors.​

C) If you would like to choose a custom accent color instead, click/tap on the View colors button to the right of Custom colors, select and adjust for a color you want, and click/tap on Done when finished.​

D) Go to step 6.​

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6 You can now close Settings if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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