With default settings, Windows 10 uses black color for Start menu, taskbar and action center. While the default black color looks nice and goes well with the default wallpaper, after using Windows 10 for a while, you might want to change your taskbar color to your desired color.
Microsoft has included a number of settings to customize taskbar and Start menu in Windows 10. You can make Start menu and taskbar transparent, add or remove the search box from the taskbar, and configure taskbar to use the color of desktop background or set your own custom color.
So in Windows 10, if you’re bored with the default black color of taskbar, you can set a color of your choice or configure the taskbar to use a color to match the wallpaper.
The only catch, however, is that you can’t set different colors for taskbar, action center and Start menu in Windows 10, and moreover, the color of taskbar and Start menu will be the accent color and vice versa. For the uninitiated, the accent color is nothing but a color used in Settings app, some tiles on Start, and some other areas of Windows 10. The accent color is also the window border color.
To change the taskbar color in Windows 10, follow the instructions mentioned in one of the two given below methods.
Method 1 of 2
Change the taskbar color via Settings
Step 1: Right-click on desktop and then click Personalize option to Personalization section of Settings app.
Step 2: In the left-pane, click Colors to see various settings on the right.
Step 3: On the right-side, turn on the option labelled Show color on Start, taskbar, and action center. Make sure that the first option labelled Automatically pick an accent color from my background is turned off.
Step 4: Now, under Choose your accent color, click on a tile to select and set it as the color for your taskbar, Start menu and action center.
Method 2 of 2
Change the taskbar color to match desktop background
Step 1: Open Personalization section of Settings app. To do so, right-click on desktop and then click Personalize.
Step 2: On the left-side, click Colors.
Step 3: Now, on the right-side, turn on the following options:
# Automatically pick an accent color from my background
# Show color on Start, taskbar, and action center.
That’s it! From here onwards, whenever you change the desktop background and the color of taskbar and Start menu will also be changed automatically.
Note: As of now, there is no software around to set different colors for Start menu and taskbar in Windows 10. We will update this article if and when a developer comes with a software to set separate colors for taskbar and Start menu in Windows 10.
Let us know if you are unable to change your default taskbar color in Windows 10.