How to change taskbar text color in Windows 10

The ability to change the taskbar text color in Windows is one of the long requested features by users. For a long time, it has not been possible, since neither Windows 10 nor earlier releases provide any option for this. Here is a workaround which will allow you do it.


A new version of the popular Classic Shell app, which provides a replacement Start menu for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10, along with a bunch of unique customization options for Explorer and Taskbar, now gives you full control over the taskbar's appearance. One of the new options in Classic Shell 4.2.6, which is just released, is the ability to change the taskbar text color.

In the following example, I changed my taskbar text to sky blue color:Windows 10 taskbar font color

How to change taskbar text color in Windows 10

To change the taskbar text color in Windows 10 using Classic Shell 4.2.6, you need to do the following.

  1. Install Classic Shell 4.2.6 from the official web site. If you are an existing user of Classic Shell, you need to update the app. All your existing settings are preserved when you upgrade.
  2. Right click the Start menu button to open Classic Shell settings:Windows 10 open taskbar settings
  3. By default, the Settings dialog opens in basic mode:Windows 10 CS settings basicYou need to switch it to the extended mode by ticking the "Show all settings" checkbox to get the following look:Windows 10 CS settings extended
  4. Now, go to the tab called Taskbar and enable the "Customize taskbar" option. There, you will find a number of useful options to tune up the taskbar appearance. The option "Taskbar text color" is the one you need:Windows 10 taskbar text colorYou can set it to any color you like Press the [...] button to visually pick the color or enter the hex value of the color.Windows 10 set taskbar text color

That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

One thought on “How to change taskbar text color in Windows 10”

  1. This is THE best solution! I will never be without Classic Shell. I absolutely detest the Windows 10 look.

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