Windows 11 Change Start Menu Color

Here are the methods you can use to change the Start menu color in Windows 11. Although Microsoft significantly redesigned the taskbar and Start menu in Windows 11, it left many personalization options to customize your experience and personalize Windows. One of those options is the ability to change the Start menu color that also changes the taskbar color.


Windows 11, by default, uses a white or black theme, but you can set your preferred color and override standard settings. Here is how to change the Start menu color in Windows 11.

Windows 11 Change Start Menu Color

Before you begin, it is important to note that you cannot personalize Windows without activating it first. Inactivated copy of Windows 11 will nudge you to activate it before enabling any personalization options. You can learn how to check Windows 11 activation status in a dedicated post.

How to change the Start menu color in Windows 11

  1. Press Win + I to open Windows Settings in Windows 11.
  2. Click Personalization.
  3. Next, open the Colors section.Windows 11 Settings Colors Sections
  4. Scroll the list of options to the very bottom and enable the Show accent color on Start and Taskbar option.Enable Color On Start Menu And Taskbar
  5. Now scroll up and select a preferred color. Before that, make sure the Accent Colors option is set to Manual.
  6. Also, if the built-in palette has no color that fits your taste, click the View Colors to create a custom color for the taskbar and Start menu in Windows 11. Change Start Menu Color In Windows 11
  7. Click Done to save changes once you finished selecting a custom color. If you use a pre-defined color, no need to save changes, as Windows will apply it right away.

Automatically set the taskbar and Start menu color from wallpaper

Windows 11 also lets you set the accent color automatically by picking a dominant color on your wallpaper. That option will come in handy if you use several images in a single slideshow.

  1. Open Windows Settings, then go to the Personalization page.
  2. Click Colors.
  3. Find the Accent Colors option.
  4. Switch it to Automatic.Set Accent Color To Automatic

That is how you change the Start menu and taskbar colors in Windows 11.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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