Backgrounds and Colors in Windows 10

You can customize the colors and appearance of Windows.

Personalization Settings

Follow these steps to access your personalization settings.

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Click the Settings button.
    Page Background and color.

    Settings categories appear.

  3. Click Personalization.
    Page Background and color.

Here you have a few ways to change how Windows looks.

Change the Desktop Background

Here's how to change your desktop background.

  1. Click the Background list.
  2. Choose a background option.
    • Picture
    • Solid color
    • Slideshow
    Page Background and color.
  3. Click Browse to add a picture.
    Page Background and color.

    Alternatively, you can choose a built-in background picture.

  4. Choose a picture.
  5. Click Choose picture.
    Page Background and color.

Your picture appears as your desktop background.

Change the Accent Colors

Typically, Windows automatically chooses an accent color based on your background image. You have the ability to change the window and accent colors.

  1. Choose Colors.
  2. Unselect the Automatically pick an accent color from my background option.
  3. Select an accent color.
    Page Background and color.

    Window borders, icon highlights, and Start menu tiles change to the selected color.

  4. Scroll down to the Show accent color section, and then select the Start, taskbar, and action center check box.

    The accent color is added to the Start menu, taskbar, and Action Center.

  5. Toggle the Transparency effects option off.
    Page Background and color.

    Without transparency, the Start menu, taskbar, and Action Center colors appear bolder.

  6. Click the Start button to view and confirm the transparency setting.
    Page Background and color.

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