By default, Windows 10 comes with a dark colored taskbar. When you turn on the color for the Start screen and the taskbar and set it to match the desktop background, it uses only dark shades. Even if you manually pick a lighter shade in preferences, the taskbar will not use the color you chose. Instead, it uses a darker shade of the accent color. Here is how to bypass this limitation and make Windows 10 switch to a lighter color scheme.
Actually, Windows 10 comes with the hidden ability to set a different color for the taskbar and for other elements like window borders and the Start Menu.
To activate this ability, the developer of the 7+ Taskbar Tweaker app created a new tiny app called Windows 10 Color Control. 7+ Taskbar Tweaker by the way is a must-have tool to fix the flaws of the Windows taskbar. We have covered it extensively before. Coming back to the topic of colors, thanks to this new tool to control colors, you can finally adjust the color of the taskbar and window borders separately. You can set the taskbar to a lighter color in Windows 10.
Here is what you should do:
- Download Windows 10 color control
- Unpack the archive and run Windows 10 color control.exe.
- Tick the option "Disable new auto-color accent algorithm ...".
- Pick any desired color for the taskbar. It will be applied to the Start menu and to the taskbar instantly.
This change is great for those who use the Aero Lite theme for example since it uses black taskbar text labels. Black text on dark background was not readable, but now with this tweak, the taskbar color can be a lighter shade.
That's it. The official home page of the app and more details can be found HERE.