How to Customize Titlebar Color in Windows 10

When Microsoft first released Windows 10 last year, it did not have any settings that could allow the customization of titlebar color of windows. But in the Threshold2 update (released in the November 2015), Microsoft added the feature using which you can finally change the titlebar color of open windows. But even now, the Personalization settings do not give you full control on picking up the color for the titlebar. There are only forty nine colors given in the settings and you cannot choose anything else.

Fortunately, Windows 10 still has some of the older components carried over from the last version of Windows (Windows 8.1). Using these older style Control Panel settings, you can choose and fully customize the titlebar color in Windows 10.  This way you can choose the color intensity, hue, brightness and the saturation for the titlebar. Here is how:

  1. Press the Win+R hotkey to open the Run dialog.
  2. In the Run dialog, type control desk.cpl,Advanced,@Advanced and press the Enter key.Windows 10 Titlebar Color Customization
  3. This will open the Color and Appearance window, very familiar to the Windows 7 and Windows 8.x users. Here you can pick one of the colors, change the color intensity, color saturation, hue and its brightness.Windows 10 Titlebar Color Customization
  4. When you are satisfied with the results, you can click on the Save changes button to save the color settings.

If you like to experiment with newer colors for your Windows 10 PC frequently, then you may want to create a shortcut to the Color and Appearance window so that you can open it quickly without going through the Run dialog route over and over again. To create a shortcut to this setting window, you can open Notepad, type in the Notepad control desk.cpl,Advanced,@Advanced , choose File→ Save from the menubar, change Save as type to All Files (*.*), type in filename as as color.cmd and finally click on the Save button.

Windows 10 Titlebar Color Customization

Now when you double-click on this color.cmd file, it will quickly launch the advanced color settings window and you can quickly customize the window taskbar colors to your heart’s content.