Personalization

How to change Start menu and 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 Start and Taskbar with custom color

On Windows 11, by default, the Start menu and Taskbar use the light color scheme, and while you can always switch to the dark mode, you can also change the color to anything you want.

However, the process to change the accent color for these elements is not straightforward since you must be using a specific color mode before the option to switch colors becomes available in the Settings app.

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

Change Start menu and Taskbar color on Windows 11

To change the accent color for Start and Taskbar on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings on Windows 11.

  2. Click on Personalization.

  3. Click the Colors page on the right side.

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

    Choose your mode setting
    Choose your mode setting
  5. In the “Choose your default Windows mode” setting, select the Dark option.

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

    Enable accent color setting
    Enable accent color setting
  7. In the “Accent color” setting, select the Manual option. If you use the Automatic option, the system will generate a color based on the desktop background image.

  8. Select the accent color for the Windows 11 Start menu and Taskbar.

    Start menu and Taskbar accent color setting
    Start menu and Taskbar accent color setting
  9. (Optional) In the “Custom colors” setting, click the View colors button to create a custom color.

Once you complete the steps, Start and Taskbar will reflect the accent color you selected in the Settings app.