[Windows 10 Tip] Get Colors on Titlebars of Inactive (Background) Program Windows

When Windows 10 RTM build 10240 was released, the titlebars of all program windows were pure White. It was too much distracting and was annoying a lot of people. Windows 10 users wanted colored titlebars back just like previous Windows versions.

Microsoft finally listened users complaints and the company enabled colors titlebars in program windows in the recently released Windows 10 November Update build 10586 which is also known as Threshold 2 build. Now you can enable colors on program titlebars using Settings app as mentioned in following tutorial:

[Tip] Get Rid of White Titlebars in Windows 10

But there is still a minor issue. The new setting only enables colors on titlebars of active i.e. current program window. The titlebar color of all inactive program windows i.e. background windows is still White which is not pleasing many Windows 10 users. Following image shows how the inactive program windows show White titlebar in Windows 10:

White_Inactive_Titlebar_Windows_10.png

We also posted an exclusive tutorial to tweak this colorization feature of Windows 10. With the help of some Registry tweaks you can have colored Taskbar, Start Menu but White titlebar or you can have dark Taskbar, Start Menu with colored titlebar. Check out following link for detailed instructions:

Tweak Colorization Settings for Titlebar, Taskbar and Start Menu in Windows 10

Today in this tutorial, we are going to share a small and easy to use Registry tweak which will allow you to get colors on titlebars of inactive program windows as well. With the help of this tutorial, you'll be able to show colors on all program windows whether the window is active or inactive in Windows 10 as shown in following image:

Colored_Inactive_Titlebar_Windows_10.png

So without wasting time lets share the tweak:

1. Press WIN+R keys together to launch RUN dialog box, type regedit in RUN and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.

2. Now go to following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\DWM

3. In right-side pane, create a new DWORD and set its name as AccentColorInactive

4. This new DWORD will set the color of titlebar of all inactive program windows which are shown in background. The value of this DWORD is set by the hexadecimal code of desired color. The value can be given in following format:

BBGGRR

Here BB represents Blue, GG represents Green and RR represents Red color value.

Enable_Colors_Inactive_Titlebar_Windows_10.png

You can grab your desired color hexadecimal code from any color website or using an image editing software such as Adobe Photoshop, Gimp, etc.

For example, if you want to have dark black color of active titlebar, set value of AccentColor DWORD to 111111 and you can set AccentColorInactive DWORD value to 666666 for a little bit lighter titlebar of inactive windows.

Dark_Black_Titlebar_Windows_10.png

NOTE: Keep in mind that generally a color code uses RRGGBB format but the above mentioned DWORD accepts the reverse of the code i.e. BBGGRR. So when you grab the hexadecimal code of your desired color, reverse the digits and set it as the value of AccentColorInactive DWORD.

PS: If you want to set inactive window titlebar color same as active window titlebar color, just double-click on AccentColor DWORD present in right-side pane of Registry Editor, copy its value and paste the set in value field of AccentColorInactive DWORD.

5. Close Registry Editor and Windows will immediately start showing your desired color on titlebars of inactive program windows.

If you want to restore default settings in future, just delete the AccentColorInactive DWORD from Registry Editor.

NOTE: If you are not familiar with Registry editing tasks, we are providing ready-made Registry script to set dark black titlebar for active program window and a little bit lighter titlebar for inactive program windows as shown in above image. Download following ZIP file, extract it and run .REG file. It'll ask for confirmation, accept it:

Registry Tweak to Enable Colors on Inactive Titlebars in Windows 10

Also check out following exclusive video showing the whole process live in action:





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Comments

  • Nice trick! ;)

  • Is there a way to make the titlebars colored while keeping the taskbar dark in Windows 10?

  • Thanks VG just tried and working.. nice trick !! titlebars looking great now..

  • VG

    @Kaz
    Check following:

    http://www.askvg.com/tweak-colorization-settings-for-titlebar-taskbar-and-start-menu-in-windows-10/

  • @VG
    Thanks a bunch!

  • Cool trick, thanks :D
    I set D3D3D3 it looks great!

  • Vishal,an off topic comment, but how did you came to know that AccentColorInactive is the actual DWORD?
    It is not listed anywhere as far as I can see.
    It could be randomly anything or something like InactiveAccentcolor?

  • Exactly what I have been waiting for. Great!

  • VG

    @Sumit
    I usually find these kind of stuff while looking into Registry, Group Policy, DLL files and running processes.

  • Thank you, thank you! I've been waiting for someone to figure this out forever. Everything looks perfect now.

  • it is not working a bit. I restarted my pc two times but still it is not working please help and by the could you please help me with windows 10 start menu and notification center they both don't open up. Thanks

  • VG

    ^^ Have you used any software or tweak to disable or remove metro stuff or modern apps or remove telemetry in Windows 10?

  • No nothing when the start menu went wrong but I repaired it by powershell but still the method of changing title bar color is not working.

  • Thanks VG, but it'll work in desktop app only. This trick will not work in modern apps.

  • Does this tweak enable colored titlebars for tablet mode? I notice they remain white in 10586 even when colored titlebars are turned on (and are colored in desktop mode)

  • Ok, I made the inactive a darker shade than the active. KEWL!!! But my titlebars/taskbar change color every wallpaper change. How do I make the inactive DWORD automatically change color as well everytime as well? I'm ok with the inactive window being the same color. That would really satisfy me :(

  • In the new builds, window borders are always black. Is there any way to change them back to the accent color?

  • VG

    ^^ Did you try to turn off and then turn on the colorized titlebar option in Settings -> Personalization -> Colors?

  • Nice article finally got rid of the white title colour. Do you know how to change the text colour of inactive window to white colour? With the current hack inactive window title text colour remains black which becomes difficult to read if dark colours are set.

  • Cool tweak, love it.

    Is there a regedit tweak that can enable me to choose a color in explorer panes besides white? (File pane & Folder pane)

  • VG

    ^^ Try following:

    http://www.askvg.com/how-to-access-advanced-appearance-settings-option-to-change-text-size-in-windows-8/

  • How can i change the color of the inactive windows if i use Aero lite theme? I can´t get it to work in that theme.

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