How to Add Custom Accent Colors to Windows 10

It’s not hard to change Windows 10‘s accent colors, the shades that come in your taskbar, Start menu, settings menus as well as in some window title bars. However, automatically, the operating system only allows you to choose from a predefined palette of 48 colors. If you want your taskbar to exactly match your company’s logo shade or, if your favorite hue of yellow isn’t one of the default four dozen, there are a couple of ways to add your own custom hue.

Add a Custom Accent Color Using the Mixer

Without having a precise color to complement and just want to fiddle with a few controls before you get an accent shade you like, you can use Windows 10’s color mixer. If you possess the RGB or Hex code for the color, you will need to use the other method: adding custom colors towards the registry.

1. Open the run prompt by hitting Windows + R or typing “Run” in to the search engine.
2. Type “Control Color” into the run box striking Ok.
A window appears having a list of colors.
3. Choose the color block that is closest to what you want. The window title bar will change to match that color.
4. Open “Show color mixer.”
5. Adjust the Hue, Saturation and Brightness bars before you obtain a color you like. As you move the sliders, you will notice a preview of the color in the window title bar.
6. Click Save Changes.

Give a Custom Accent Color Using the Registry

If you have an exact color you need to use as an accent color, you have to edit the Registry to add it. The “color mixer” method described above just isn’t precise enough.

1. Open the registry editor by typing “regedit” into run box or the search engine and hitting Enter.
2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_Machine\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\ by opening the folders within the left pane.
3. Create the Accents key under Themes whether it doesn’t exist by right-clicking on the Theme folder and selecting New -> Key then renaming the important thing to “Accents.”
4. Open the Accents key.
5. Produce a subkey named “0” under Accents and another named “Theme0” under that.
6. Create a new DWORD (32-bit) value named “Color” under Theme0. You can create new DWORD values by right-clicking within the right pane deciding on New -> DWord (32-bit) and then renaming the entry it creates.
7. Open the colour DWORD value by double-clicking onto it.
8. Enter a color value in ABGR (also called KML) format and click OK. ABGR stands for Alpha Blue Green Red and it is composed of hexadecimal numbers. It will convert regular hex or RGB colors you get from a picture editor into ABGR.
9. Close Regedit and restart your computer.

The new color will appear at the end of the listing of hues in the Accent color menu.

You can include up to seven additional custom colors towards the menu by creating additional theme folders underneath the Accents type in the Windows registry. You need to name these Accents\0\Theme1, Accents\1\Theme0, Accents\1\Theme1, Accents\2\Theme0, \Accents\2\Theme1, Accents\3\Theme0 and Accents\3\Theme1.