How to Change Taskbar Color on Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to change the accent color of the taskbar when using Windows 11. In some cases, Windows automatically select an accent color to match selected wallpapers and themes, but the taskbar usually doesn’t match correctly. Well, you can set your taskbar to use your current accent color with few clicks in Windows 11.

In this way, your accent color, themes, and taskbar are all using the same color. Or you can change the taskbar color to be completely different than the assigned accent color to bring some uniqueness to your desktop.

Whatever your reasons are to bringing some freshness to your desktop, Windows 11 allows you to change wallpaper, themes, color accent, including the taskbar.

The new Windows 11 comes with many new features and a new user desktop, including centered Start menu and taskbar, rounded corners windows, themes and colors that will make any computer look and feel modern.

If you’re exited about Windows 11, keep reading our posts on it.

To get started changing the taskbar color on Windows 11, follow the steps below.

How to switch taskbar color on Windows 11

As mentioned above, user can quickly change the taskbar color on Windows 11 with few clicks in the Settings app.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings app. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from the System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Personalization, and select Colors on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

On the Colors settings pane, select the Accent color tile and switch to Manual.

  • Automatic: Windows will automatically pick an accent color from your current wallpaper. 
  • Manual: Windows allows you to manually select an accent color

Next, select Custom colors option and click View colors as highlighted below. Then select the accent color to suit your design taste. When you’re done, save and exit.

Finally, scroll down to the bottom and toggle the switch to On for “Show accent color on Start and taskbar”.

And that should do it! You will now see the new changes applied immediately to the Taskbar and Start menu.


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