Personalization Turn On or Off Show Accent Color on Title Bars and Windows Borders 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 show or not show the accent color on the title bars and windows borders of active windows.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off show accent color on title bars and windows borders for your account in Windows 11.


Contents

  • Option One: Turn On or Off Show Accent Color on Title Bars and Windows Borders in Settings
  • Option Two: Turn On or Off Show Accent Color on Title Bars and Windows Borders using REG file


EXAMPLE: Notepad with "Show accent color on title bars and windows borders" turned on and off

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Show_accent_color_on_title_bars_and_windows_borders-OFF.png






OPTION ONE

Turn On or Off Show Accent Color on Title Bars and Windows Borders in Settings


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)

accent_color-1.png

3 Turn On (default) of Off Show accent color on title bars and windows borders for what you want. (see screenshot below)

accent_color-2.png

4 You can now close Settings if you like.





OPTION TWO

Turn On or Off Show Accent Color on Title Bars and Windows Borders using REG file


1 Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you want.


2 To Turn On Show Accent Color on Title Bars and Windows Borders

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Turn_On_show_accent_color_on_title_bars_and_windows_borders_for_current_user.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM]
"ColorPrevalence"=dword:00000001

3 To Turn Off Show Accent Color on Title Bars and Windows Borders

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Turn_Off_show_accent_color_on_title_bars_and_windows_borders_for_current_user.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM]
"ColorPrevalence"=dword:00000000

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 Sign out and sign in or restart the computer to apply.

8 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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Hi @Brink

Is it possible to turn it on just for "Borders" (not "Title bars")?
With an app we could do that in Win 10:

"Winaero Tweaker" has an option "Colored Title Bars" (disable colored title bars) but it works on Win 10.
 

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Hi @Brink

Is it possible to turn it on just for "Borders" (not "Title bars")?
With an app we could do that in Win 10:

"Winaero Tweaker" has an option "Colored Title Bars" (disable colored title bars) but it works on Win 10.

Possibly with some 3rd party software.
 

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All I seem to get is this, even though my "accent color" is set to a deep blue.

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All I seem to get is this, even though my "accent color" is set to a deep blue.

Hello mate, :alien:

It appears the new File Explorer with tabs does not use this yet.
 

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I have WIN11. I tried to get the accent color on the File Explorer title bar without using a theme, but it doesn't work properly eventhough I selected to show on title bars. It will randomly display the accent color on different days and times. I noticed the accent color works consistently on a preset theme, but I don't like the choices; therefore, I customized a one so that I could get the accent color on the File Explorer title bar. All seems fine until I reboot, then the File Explorer title bar color reverts to grey. I have resorted to selecting SLEEP instead of SHUTDOWN or RESTART when not using the laptop in order to retain my custom settings without needing to reconfigure at every reboot.
 

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I have WIN11. I tried to get the accent color on the File Explorer title bar without using a theme, but it doesn't work properly eventhough I selected to show on title bars. It will randomly display the accent color on different days and times. I noticed the accent color works consistently on a preset theme, but I don't like the choices; therefore, I customized a one so that I could get the accent color on the File Explorer title bar. All seems fine until I reboot, then the File Explorer title bar color reverts to grey. I have resorted to selecting SLEEP instead of SHUTDOWN or RESTART when not using the laptop in order to retain my custom settings without needing to reconfigure at every reboot.
Hello, :alien:

Unfortunately, the new File Explorer (without ribbon) can no longer have its title bar color changed with the accent color.

You could test using option two below for File Explorer with ribbon.

 

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I customized a theme, background and accent color as my chosen color, saved as a custom theme, and I select SLEEP each night to retain the settings. No other choice. I will reconfigure again when I need to shutdown or restart.
 

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I wrote a batch script which applies any theme file; you can run it as a logon task after every reboot/boot.

1. Save this batch file to any folder.
2. Open CMD window as Administrator.
3. Run this command to create a logon task (replace the new path of SetTheme.bat and your personal theme file).
Code:
schtasks /create /sc ONLOGON /tn ReapplyTheme /tr "C:\Users\GARLIN\path\SetTheme.bat C:\Users\GARLIN\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Themes\Custom.theme" /f

You will see a few windows briefly pop-up -- this is normal. Since you're re-applying the same theme, there shouldn't be much visual difference except for the accent color.

To remove the logon task, run:
Code:
schtasks /delete /tn ReapplyTheme
 

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