With Windows 10, Microsoft is trying to please everyone from desktop users to laptop users to tablet users. Windows 10 comes with an overhauled Settings app that attempts to replace the traditional Control Panel by bringing more advanced settings.
Although Control Panel is very much present in Windows 10, many of the newly added settings and options are present under Settings app only. As a result, we need to head to the Settings app to access and change various Windows settings.
In Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1, we could easily access the Window Color and Appearance (Color and Appearance in Windows 8/8.1) by right-clicking on desktop, clicking Personalize, and then clicking Color link. In Windows 10, as you probably have noticed by now, right-clicking on desktop and clicking Personalize option opens up Settings app and not the classic Personalization window.
Although there are options under Settings app to change the color of Start and other selected areas, many desktop users prefer using the old, nicely laid-out, Color and Appearance section as it includes a good color mixer as well.
The good thing is that Color and Appearance is still exist in Windows 10 but the only thing is that it’s not easily reachable. The Color and Appearance doesn’t appear when you try to search the same from the Start search box. There is no way to open up the same from the Control Panel as the link to Color and Appearance has been removed from Control Panel.
If you’re really missing the Color and Appearance in Windows 10, you can use this guide to access the same. While using Windows 10, you can follow the directions mentioned in one of the given below methods to open and use Color and Appearance.
Method 1: Open Window Color and Appearance in Windows 10
Method 2: Create shortcut of Window Color and Appearance in Windows 10
Method 1 of 2
Open Color and Appearance in Windows 10
Step 1: Open the Run command box with the help of Windows + R keyboard shortcut.
Step 2: In the box, type Control Color, and then press Enter key to open Color and Appearance window.
Method 2 of 2
To create a shortcut of Color and Appearance
If you often need to access the Color and Appearance window in Windows 10, you can create a shortcut of the same on the desktop and then pin it to the taskbar or Start.
Step 1: Right-click on desktop, click New, and then click Shortcut.
Step 2: In the Type the location of the item box, copy and paste the following path.
rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,Advanced,@Advanced
Click Next button.
Step 3: Under Type a name for this shortcut, enter Color and Appearance, and then click Finish button to create the shortcut of Color and Appearance shortcut on your desktop.
You may now pin the Color and Appearance shortcut to taskbar by simply moving it to taskbar area.