How to change Taskbar color on Windows 11

Windows 11 lets you change the color of the Start menu and Taskbar to anything you want, and here's how.

Windows 11 Taskbar with new color
Windows 11 Taskbar with new color
  • To change the Taskbar color on Windows 11, open Settings > Personalization > Colors, select “Custom” for “Choose your mode,” choose “Dark” for the Windows mode and “Light” for the app mode, turn on “Show accent color on Start and taskbar,” and select the new color. 

UPDATED 10/20/2023: On Windows 11, the Taskbar uses the light color scheme by default, and while you can always switch to dark mode, you can also choose virtually any color you want. However, changing the accent color for this feature is not straightforward since you must use a specific color mode before the option to switch colors becomes available in the Settings app.

Also, choosing a new color for the Taskbar will change the color of the Start menu and other elements, such as Quick Settings, Notifications, Search, and more.

In this guide, you will learn the steps to choose a different color for the Start menu and Taskbar on Windows 11.

Change Taskbar color on Windows 11

To change the color of the Taskbar on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings on Windows 11.

  2. Click on Personalization.

  3. Click the Colors tab.

  4. In the “Choose your mode” setting, select the Custom option.

    Choose your mode setting

  5. Select the Dark option in the “Choose your default Windows mode” setting.

  6. Turn on the “Show accent color on Start and taskbar” toggle switch.

    Enable color settings for Tasbkar and Start

  7. Choose the Manual option in the “Accent color” setting.

    Quick note: The system will generate a color based on the desktop background image when using the “Automatic” option.
  8. Select the new color for the Taskbar (and Start menu).

    Change Taskbar color

  9. (Optional) Click the View colors button to create a custom color in the “Custom colors” setting.

Once you complete the steps, the Windows 11 Taskbar (and Start menu) will reflect the color you selected on the settings page.

Update October 20, 2023: This guide has been updated to ensure accuracy and reflect new changes.

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