As you may already know, Windows 10 allows you to switch between the dark and light themes. This can be done with Settings. The appropriate options are located under Personalization -> Colors. Also, you can customize the accent color and apply it to the Start menu and taskbar, and/or window title bars. With a simple Registry tweak, you can enable the black color for title bars only, and keep the current color of window frames (e.g. the default blue color).
During the development time of Windows 10, its Personalization options were changed several times. The most recent version of the OS allows enabling and disabling colors individually for title bars, and the taskbar. Also, it is possible to define a custom color as your accent color using a special dialog.
Windows 10 offers a new Light Theme that applies a pale grey color to the Start menu, taskbar, and the Action Center pane. There are a number of options that allow customizing the theme, and setting the app theme to light or dark separately from the taskbar.
Unfortunately, Windows 10 does not allow changing the title bar color without changing your accent color. Here is how it can be done.
To enable Dark Title Bars with Custom Accent Color in Windows 10, do the following.
- Open Settings and navigate to Personalization > Colors.
- Turn off (uncheck) the Title bars and window borders option.
- Now, Open Registry Editor.
- Go to the following Registry key:
Tip: You can access any desired Registry key with one click.
- Create or modify a 32-bit DWORD value called ColorPrevalence. Set it to 1.
- Now, edit the AccentColor value and set it to
- Now, just change your wallpaper for the changes to take effect. Go to Personalization -> Background and pick any image.
The result will be as follows. Notice that while the title bar is dark in color, the accent color still remains blue as it was prior to the tweak.
Note: Once you change your accent color using Settings, it will reset the title bar color and will eliminate customizations described above. You will have to repeat them manually.
Also, you can change color of inactive title bars in Windows 10. Create a new 32-bit DWORD value AccentColorInactive and set it to the desired color value.
To save your time, you can use my freeware Winaero Tweaker. The appropriate option is already available in the app:
Actually, this tweak is not new. We have covered it before in the following articles:
- Set colored taskbar but keep title bars white in Windows 10
- Enable colored title bars but keep taskbar black in Windows 10
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