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How Can I Change The Color Of Start Menu and Task Bar?

Thursday, July 4th, 2013 by | Filed Under: Desktop Enhancement

Patty from South Dakota writes:

Recently I had to ask for help installing a printer. He asked me if he could go to assist and I said yes. Got everything going except now my task bar and background when I go to my start menu are a dull gray and I don’t like that. I don’t know what he did. Can you help me to go back the way it was when I got my computer?

Thank You

Patty, you don’t say which version of Windows you’re using, so I’ll walk you through it on my Windows 7 Computer.  You’ll want to go to that dull gray Start Menu and select Control Panel:

A new window will open. Choose Appearance and Personalization.

Another Window will open offering you Personalization options.

Here, I’ve selected Change Window Glass Colors, but your option might be Change the color of your taskbar and window borders, depending on what version of Windows you’re using.

Right now, the colors are gray and opaque.

I’m switching them to blue and transparent. (transparent may not be an option, depending on your operating system.) You can also adjust the intensity of the color to your liking.

Don’t forget to Save Changes.

As you can see, my Start Menu is now my preferred shade of blue.

So is the Taskbar.

Hope this helps you get some color back to your desktop.

~ Cynthia

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2 Responses to “How Can I Change The Color Of Start Menu and Task Bar?”

  1. Patty says:

    Thank you so much. I am using windows 7 and I tried it and it works. Many of your tips help me an 80 year old senior.

  2. bob lasher says:

    my windows 7 ultimate had nothing like ‘change glass’ It didn’t even have a listing for appearance and personalization. I do have windows color and desktop.

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