[Tip] Get Rid of White Titlebars in Windows 10
UPDATE: Microsoft has added option to get colorized titlebar in newer Windows 10 builds such as November Update and Anniversary Update. Instructions about the new method have been added in the tutorial.
If you are using Windows 10 in your computer, you might have noticed the complete White titlebars in all program windows. Microsoft has disabled colorization feature for window titlebars and they always show full White irrespective of whether the window is active or inactive.
To many people the White titlebars look ugly and horrible and people face difficulties in finding which windows are active and which are inactive as the titlebars are always White.
In previous Windows versions such as Windows 8/8.1, the window titlebars were colored based upon the wallpaper and it was very easy to differentiate between active and inactive program windows.
Today in this topic, we are going to share two small and very easy to use tricks which will enable colored titlebars in Windows 10 and the titlebar color will also change based on the current wallpaper. So you'll be able to get rid of White titlebars in Windows 10. One trick will also bring back Windows 8/8.1 style window borders in Windows 10.
So without wasting time lets start the tutorial:
METHOD 1: Get Colorized Titlebar Using Settings app
In newer Windows 10 builds, Microsoft has added an option to enable/disable colors on titlebar in Settings app:
1. Press WIN+I keys together to open Settings app.
2. Now go to "Personalization -> Colors" section and set the option "Show color on Start, taskbar, action center, and title bar" (or "Show color on title bar") to On.
That's it. It'll immediately enable colors on titlebar in program windows and you'll get rid of White titlebars.
If you want colors on titlebar only and want dark black Taskbar, Start Menu and Action Center or want to tweak these colorization settings, check out following tutorials:
METHOD 2: By Using Our Exclusive "AskVG Colors" Theme
We have modified the default Aero theme of Windows 10 to force it showing colored titlebars in program windows. Once you apply this theme, you'll be able to get colored titlebars in all windows which will also use built-in colorization feature to automatically change titlebar color based on the current wallpaper.
This theme doesn't require any file patching, so you can use it without any worries.
You just need to follow these simple steps to apply our theme and enjoy colored titlebars in Windows 10:
1. First of all download the theme from following link:
2. After downloading, extract the ZIP file using 7-Zip or any other file archive software and you'll get following 2 files/folders:
3. Now copy both of them and paste them into C:\Windows\Resources\Themes folder.
If Windows ask for the confirmation, accept it.
4. That's it. Now right-click on Desktop and select Personalize option. It'll open Settings app. Now click on Themes tab and then click on "Theme Settings" link.
5. Now you'll see "AskVG Colors Theme" in "Installed Themes" section.
Click on the theme and get ready to enjoy colored titlebar in Windows 10.
METHOD 3: By Using Hidden Secret "Aero Lite" Theme
If you remember, long time back we shared an exclusive tip to activate hidden secret "Aero Lite" theme in Windows 8 operating system. "Aero Lite" theme was very simple, clean and minimal theme created for computer systems which didn't have compatible hardware to support Aero glass effects.
Fortunately the same trick to enable "Aero Lite" theme still works in Windows 10 and you can use this minimal theme to bring back colored titlebars in all program windows.
So first activate and apply "Aero Lite" theme in Windows 10 using following tutorial:
After applying the theme, you'll get colored titlebars in Windows 10 as shown in following screenshot:
If you used the manual method to activate "Aero Lite" theme in Windows 10, the titlebar will always show in Blue color and will not change its color based on the wallpaper because the value AutoColorization is set to 0 in default Aero theme of Windows 10. But if you used our ready-made Aero Lite theme file, you'll get auto-colorized titlebars as we have already enabled AutoColorization=1 in Aerolite.theme file for your convenience.
The Start Menu and Taskbar will still remain dark Black even after activating the new theme.
If you want to enable colorization feature for titlebar, Start Menu and Task bar so that they can change their colors based on the desktop wallpaper, just follow these simple steps:
1. Open Settings app from Start Menu and go to Personalization -> Colors section. Alternatively, you can directly open it by right-clicking on Desktop and select Personalize option.
2. Now enable following options:
- Automatically pick an accent color from my background
- Show color on Start, taskbar and action center
That's it. Now you'll get colored and auto-colorized Start Menu and Taskbar along with program titlebars and borders in Windows 10.
If you want to remove the window borders after applying Aero Lite theme, you can take help of following tutorial:
Also check out the hidden secret Dark theme in Windows 10 mentioned in following topics:
Posted in: Windows 10
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