Finally – custom accent colors are coming to Windows 10

Windows 10 is known for having a limited amount of predefined colors in the Settings app. Unlike Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 where you could choose your own color from a mixer, Windows 10 does not allow this as of Anniversary Update. Many users complained about this, because it was hard to add a custom accent color without using a third party app or a hack. A recent change seen in the Settings app shown during the October 2016 Microsoft event shows the ability to use any desired color as your accent color.

This feature was one of the most requested options for Windows 10. In Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft is going to restore a color picker in Personalization - Colors. It looks as follows:custom-accent-color

It comes with a number of advanced options and with a live preview for the color you are going to apply.

From the screenshot above, you can see that Windows 10 Creators Update will keep color presets. They will remain unchanged. In addition, the Color page in Personalization will keep recent colors you previously used, allowing you to have your own color presets.

The changes made in Windows 10 Creators Update look very promising and impressive. It is expected to be released in March 2017. However, Microsoft can exclude any of the introduced features in the final release or postpone them for the next feature update.

We will find out in a few months what features finally make it into the final Windows 10 Creators Update.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

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8 thoughts on “Finally – custom accent colors are coming to Windows 10”

  1. This is the only useful change in Windows 10 Creators Update.
    3D, People bar, new Defender UI – nobody needs such “improvements”.

  2. Also it exists in Windows 7 so they downgrade to Windows 10 and lose your real Start menu, gadgets, nice control over updates, much friendlier UI?

  3. I hope they add a feature to set a custom theme for universal apps like changing the Settings app background color to a custom color instead of having a white background in the Settings app?

  4. I wish they’d also make title bars black (active AND INACTIVE!) when Dark Mode is on and show color and title bar is off. Also separate inactive title bar customization would be nice too. And yes I know I can do it in the registry, which I’ve done already, but it would still be a nice thing to have officially.

    I also hope they’ll add this color picker to Phones.

  5. This is also a boon to those with visual impairments, where a pure white background was actually painful for many. I have been one of those complaining since I joined the Insider Program 18 months ago, arguing among other things that the lack of a coloring program (such as Windows 7 Personalization) was a violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act. Given that the super-large corporation Microsoft continues to act without making sure that all that it does is accessible to all, is exactly why we need the federal law.

    Regards,
    Techie Bear

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