How to Fix Windows 10 Taskbar Color not Changing

Customization is one of the primary reasons behind the success of Windows. Windows 10 has a dedicated setting panel to personalize your PC varying from changing the overall theme to modifying selective colors. Windows mainly also let you change the taskbar color alone. The taskbar is one of the key components of Windows, which users regularly view; however, some users are not able to change the taskbar’s color, or basically, the taskbar color setting appears to be greyed out. In this post, I will guide you on how to fix Windows 10 taskbar color, not changing.

How to Fix Windows 10 Taskbar Color not Changing

There could be a lot of reasons behind the taskbar’s color-changing option to be greyed out. Here’s the list of methods we will be following to get the issue resolved.

  1. Adjust Color Settings
  2. Change Theme
  3. Disable Automatic Accent Color

Starting from adjusting the color settings on Windows 10 to moving up to disabling automatic accent color, these methods should resolve the issue.

1] Adjust Colour Settings

Adjust Color Windows 10

With Windows 10, there are three ways to customize accent colors: users can either set it to use the predefined dark or light theme, which applies to all Windows items, including Start Menu, Taskbar, etc. Alternatively, it also lets users completely customize the colors according to the wish. Users can set the Windows to use the dark mode, while the apps can be set to the light theme or vice versa.

Surprisingly, if one selects the Light theme in the Color option, users cannot change the taskbar color, or it happens to be greyed out. Here’s how to fix the issue:

  • Open Settings Panel in Windows 10 (Win + I)
  • Navigate to Personalization
  • From the left panel, choose Colors.
  • Under Choose Your Color, either set it to be Dark or Custom. In case you choose custom: you’ll find two more options. Choose Your Default Windows Mode and Choose your default apps mode. You can choose to keep the app mode to either dark or light.
  • Scroll down under the same page to find Start, taskbar, and action center, and check the checkbox present right next to it.
  • Now, choose your Taskbar accent color from the panel present above it.

2] Change Theme

Change Theme Windows 10

Using third-party themes in Windows 10 could also be the reason behind not changing the taskbar’s color. Changing back to the default Windows theme could help, here’s how:

  • Open Settings Panel in Windows 10 (Win + I)
  • Navigate to Personalization
  • From the left panel, choose Themes
  • Click on the default Windows theme to apply it.
  • Restart your PC, head over to Settings > Personalization > Colors> Scroll down under the same page to find Start, taskbar, and action center, and check the checkbox present right next to it. Next, choose your Taskbar accent color from the panel present above it.

With that, the issue should have been solved, in case not check out the other methods mentioned below.

3] Disable Automatic Accent Color

Auto Pick Accent Color Windows 10

Windows offers an option under Settings wherein it automatically adjusts the accent color of the taskbar and more based on the background. It may be a prime reason behind the issue where users may not change the taskbar’s color. Disabling it could help; here’s how to do so:

  • Open Settings Panel in Windows 10 (Win + I)
  • Navigate to Personalization
  • From the left panel, choose Colors.
  • Scroll down under the same page to find Choose your Accent Color. Here you’ll find an option stating Automatically pick an accent color from my background. Disable it, and you should be good to go.

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With that said, How many of you use a third party theme with Windows 10? Do let us know by dropping a comment down below.

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