The Start menu has returned to Windows operating system with the new Windows 10. The Start menu in Windows 10, although isn’t identical to the one in Windows 7, is a perfect blend of Windows 7’s Start menu and Start screen of Windows 8.1.
With default settings, Start menu in Windows 10 displays icons on the left-side of the menu and app tiles on the right-side. Your user name appears at the top of the Start, whereas the power or shut down button appears towards the bottom of the menu.
Underneath the application icons, there are icons to quickly access File Explorer and Settings.
Unlike previous versions of Windows, Windows 10 doesn’t show color on Start, taskbar and action center by default. Although Windows 10 picks up an accent color from the desktop background (desktop wallpaper) with default settings, the accent color appear neither on Start or nor taskbar.
Because of this, the beautiful Start menu and useful taskbar wear a dark theme or color with default settings. However, if you prefer seeing the automatically selected accent color on the Start menu and taskbar, or if you want to set your own color for taskbar and Start, there is an option under Settings app.
In this guide, we will show how you can change the default color of Start menu and taskbar in Windows 10. Follow the directions mentioned in one of the given below methods to show color on Start, taskbar and action center, and then change the color of Start menu and taskbar.
Method 1 of 3
Show color on Start, taskbar and action center
Step 1: Reveal the Start menu by clicking the Start button on taskbar or by pressing Windows logo key on the keyboard.
Step 2: Click Settings app icon on the left-side of Start menu to open the same.
NOTE: If Settings icon is not appearing on the left-side of Start, type Settings in the search box and then press Enter key.
Step 3: Click Personalization to navigate to the personalization section of settings app.
Step 4: Here, on the left-side, click Colors.
Step 5: On the right-side, turn on the option titled Show color on Start, taskbar, and action center. That’s it!
From now onwards, Windows 10 will automatically pick an accent color from the desktop background and will show the same on Start, taskbar, action center and some other areas.
But if you want to set your own color for Start menu, taskbar and action center, please complete the instructions mentioned in Method 2.
Method 2 of 3
Change the color of Start menu and taskbar in Windows 10
Step 1: Right-click on the desktop and then click or tap Personalize option to navigate to the Personalization section of Settings app.
Step 2: On the left-side of Settings, click or tap Colors.
Step 3: Make sure that the option titled Show color on Start, taskbar, and action center is turned on.
Step 4: Turn off the first option titled Automatically pick an accent color from my background to see tens of colored tiles. Click a colored tile to select the color and apply it as the color for Start, taskbar, action center and other selected areas of the operating system.
Method 3 of 3
Change Start, taskbar and action center color using Color and Appearance
Step 1: Follow the instructions mentioned in Method 1 to turn on the option titled Show color on Start, taskbar, and action center.
Step 2: Next, open Run command box by simultaneously pressing Windows + R keys.
Step 3: In the box, type Control Color and then press Enter key to open Color and Appearance window.
Step 4: Here, select a color of your choice before pressing the Save changes button. Good luck!
Do let us know if you’re unable to change the color of taskbar and Start in Windows 10 even after following above mentioned directions. Don’t like the Start menu in Windows 10? Use the Classic Shell start menu on Windows 10.