You can change the title bar text color from black to any color you want. The color can be changed individually for active and inactive windows. Let's see how it can be done.
The ability to customize the title bar text color 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. Here is how.
Before proceeding, it is worth mentioning that this trick works best with the Aero Lite theme enabled. If you don't like the Aero Lite theme (which actually looks quite ugly in recent Windows 10 releases compared to Aero Lite from Windows 8.1), consider disabling the title bar color option as described below.
To change the title bar text color in Windows 10, do the following.
- Open Settings.
- Go to Personalization - Colors.
- On the right, untick the option "Title bars" under "Show accent color on the following surfaces".
- Open the Registry Editor app.
- Go to the following Registry key.
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- See the string values TitleText and InactiveTitleText. The TitleText value is responsible for the title bar text color of the active window (the current window which you are focused on). The InactiveTitleText value is responsible for the title bar text color of windows opened in the background.
- To find a suitable value, open Microsoft Paint and click on the Edit color button.
In the color dialog, select the desired color using the provided controls. Now, note the values in Red:, Green:, and Blue: boxes. Use these digits to modify the value data of TitleText. Write them as follows:
See the screenshot below.
- Repeat the step above for the InactiveTitleText value if required.
- To make the changes done by the Registry tweak take effect, you need to sign out and sign in to your user account.
The result will be something like this:
Now you can enable the title bar color option in Settings.
Note: If you change the accent color, the customizations you made will be preserved. However, if you apply a theme, e.g. install a themepack or apply another built-in theme, Windows 10 will reset the title bar text color back to its default values. You will have to repeat the procedure.
Also, a lot of modern apps and all UWP apps like Photos, Settings, etc, ignore this color preference.
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