Microsoft has changed a lot of things in Windows 10. While most of the features and changes are impressive, there is one feature most users are not exactly happy about. Windows 10 allows you make taskbar transparent, change start menu color, and pin specific settings to Start menu, but it doesn’t allow you change the title bar color!
In earlier versions of Windows, we could easily change window title bar color with a few mouse clicks. In Windows 10, the default color of window title bar, as you can see in the picture, is white. The problem is that the default color is not just boring and but it can’t be changed to a different color either. In short, you can’t change title bar color in Windows 10 with default settings.
If you feel that there should have been an option to change title bar color in Windows 10, you can now change the default color of title bar by completing a small workaround. Out friend at WinAero has come up with a cool workaround to change the title bar color in Windows 10 to a color of your choice.
Change Windows 10 title bar color
The good thing is that you can change the title bar color without the help of any third-party software. You just need to edit a file.
Follow the given below instructions to change title bar color in Windows 10.
Step 1: Open up File Explorer (Windows Explorer) and navigate to the following location.
Where, “C” is the drive where Windows 10 is installed.
Step 2: Here you’ll see a folder named “aero”. Right-click on “aero” folder, click Copy, right-click again (not on the folder this time), and then click paste. The idea is to create a copy of the “aero” folder in the same location. Of course, you can use Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V.
When you see Folder Access Denied dialog, click the Continue button. And then when you see File Access Denied dialog, click Skip button. This will copy the “aero” folder and will skip MSS files.
Step 3: Now, rename the newly created aero-copy folder to Windows. When you see the UAC prompt, click Yes button confirm the rename.
Step 4: Open up the newly created Windows folder. Rename aero.mstyles to windows.msstyles. Click Yes if you get the UAC prompt.
Step 5: Now, open up en-US folder located under the newly created Windows folder. Here, rename the file titled aero.msstyles.mui to windows.msstyles.mui.
Step 6: Go back to the following folder:
Copy aero.theme file to your desktop and then rename it to windows.theme. While
Step 7: Open windows.theme file with Notepad and look for the following line under Visual Styles section:
Rename Aero.msstyles to windows.msstyles.
Save the file.
Step 8: Finally, double-click on the edited windows.theme to see colored title bar.
From here onwards, you can change title bar color to your liking. The title bar uses the accent color and can be changed by opening Color and appearance.
The workaround although seems a bit time consuming, it’s actually not. You can make it happen under five minutes. Good luck!
Do let us know if you’re unable to change the title bar color even after following the above mentioned directions.
To revert to the original color:
Step 1: Open up C:\Windows\Resources\Themes folder.
Step 2: Double-click on aero.theme file. That’s it!