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Keep Windows 10 Start Menu and Action Center Black While Using Accent Colors

Keep Windows 10 Start Menu and Action Center Black While Using Accent Colors

 Windows 10 Personalization Options only provides one option to accent the taskbar, Start menu, and Action Center at a time and doesn't let you choose a color for each.


How to Make the Start Menu and Action Center Black by Editing the Registry


To keep the Start Menu and Action center background black, you will need to make adjustments to one setting in the Windows Registry. Before you start editing, head over to Settings > Personalization > Colors. Select the accent color and select on for the “Show color on Start, taskbar, and action center” option.


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After that, you can go to the Registry.


1. Open the Registry Editor by hitting Start and typing “regedit.” Press Enter to open Registry Editor and click “yes” to give permission to make changes to your PC.


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2. In the Registry Editor, use the left sidebar to navigate to the following path:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\Personalize


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3. On the right, double click ColorPrevalence to open its properties window.


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4. In this properties window, change the value to 3 in the “Value data” box and then click “OK.”


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And now you can close Registry Editor. No need to restart the computer or anything. This change is immediate, so try opening the Start menu or Action Center to make sure the background is black.


You should be careful when changing Personalization options after you make these settings. Because you can reset the Registry value and have to change it again. Here's what you should know:

  * You can change the accent color whenever you want. This will not affect the Registry settings.

  * You can enable or disable the “Show color on title bar” setting without affecting the Registry settings.

  * If you disable the “Show color on Start, taskbar, and action center” setting, the ColorPrevalence value will be reset to 0 and the three items will turn black. If you enable this option again, the ColorPrevalence value will be 1 and all three items will display an accent color. You'll have to set the value to 3 in the Registry again to get the black background back on the Start menu and Action Center.


Of course, this also means that if you don't like the settings made in the Registry, you don't have to go back to the Registry to reset them. You just need to change the options in the Personalization settings.

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