Change Translucent Selection Rectangle Color in Windows 10

The translucent selection rectangle represents the selection when you left-click and hold the left mouse button, and then drag the mouse pointer over items in File Explorer or on the Desktop to select them. It has a border of a solid color, and filled by a translucent version of the same color. Here is how to change it.

In Windows 10, you can change both the border color and the selection color for the selection rectangle.

Windows 10 Translucent Selection Rectangle Modified

The ability to customize the colors was available in previous Windows versions when the Classic theme was used. However, Windows 8 and Windows 10 do not include the Classic theme any more and all its options are removed. The feature to customize colors was designed for the Classic theme, so the user interface for this feature is missing in recent Windows versions.

While the user interface is missing, you can still change the color using a Registry tweak.

To change the Translucent Selection Rectangle color in Windows 10, do the following.

  1. Open the Registry Editor app.
  2. Go to the following Registry key.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors

    See how to go to a Registry key with one click.Registry Colors Key Windows 10

  3. See the string values HotTrackingColor and Hilight. HotTrackingColor represents the color value for the translucent selection rectangle. The Hilight value can be used to set the border color of the selection rectangle.
  4. To find a suitable color value, open Microsoft Paint and click on the Edit color button.Paint Edit Colors Button Windows 10In the color dialog, select the desired color using the provided controls. Now, note the values in Red:Green:, and Blue: boxes.Paint RGB Values Windows 10Use these digits to modify the value data of TitleText. Write them as follows:

    Red[space]Green[space]Blue

    Windows 10 Change Translucent Selection Rectangle Color

  5. To make the changes done by the Registry tweak take effect, you need to sign out and sign in to your user account.

You are done.

Before:
Windows 10 Translucent Selection Rectangle Default

After:

Windows 10 Translucent Selection Rectangle Modified

Note: the default values are the following:

  • Hilight = 0 120 215
  • HotTrackingColor = 0 102 204

That's it.

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