How to Set a Custom Color for Start Menu in Windows 10

Out of the box, the Start menu includes a default layout with elements and settings that usually fit most people. However, if you want to make it more functional and personal, the experience available on Windows 10 is highly customizable.

On Windows 10, the Start menu is an essential component, as it is the experience you use every day to find apps, settings, and files.

Out of the box, the Start menu includes a default layout with elements and settings that usually fit most people. However, if you want to make it more functional and personal, the experience available on Windows 10 is highly customizable.

Starting with the October 2020 update, Windows 10 now defaults to a light theme that takes away accent colors from your Start menu and Taskbar. If you would like to select a custom color for your Start menu, there is an easy way to pick it in Settings. Let’s explore how to do this.

This is for devices running Windows 10

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Selecting Colors Settings

First, launch Settings by pressing Windows+I keys or by opening the Start menu and clicking the gear icon on the left. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Settings

In Settings, click the Personalization option. See below image:

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Accessing Personalization option

Now, in its settings, click the Colors option. See following image:

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Accessing Colors option

Selecting your Colors

Next, in the Colors settings, locate the Choose your color drop-down menu. In this menu, select Custom. Refer to below image:

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Selecting Custom color option from drop-down

Now, two new choices will appear. Under Choose your default Windows mode, select Dark. This Dark mode is required for colorizing of your Start menu.

Now, under Choose your default app mode, select one of two options, Light or Dark, whichever one you would like the best. See below image:

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Selecting Dark mode

Selecting your Accent Color

Next, scroll down the Colors page and locate the Choose your accent color section.

If you want the color to automatically match your desktop background image, checkmark Automatically pick an accent color from my background. Otherwise, click a color in the grid that you would like to use for your Start menu and Taskbar. You can also pick a custom color by clicking the Custom color button below the grid. See following image:

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Selecting your accent color

Now, locate the Show accent color on the following surfaces section and checkmark Start, taskbar, and action center.

Note! If this option is greyed out, make sure you select Dark as your default Windows mode above. It won’t work in Light mode. Refer to below image:

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Selecting your accent color on surfaces

Your New Look

The next time you open your Start menu, you will see that it has changed to the accent color you selected. See below image:

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Your new Start colorized icons

If you ever want to switch back to the standard Windows 10 theme, open

Settings > Personalization > Colors

and select Light in the Choose your color drop-down menu.

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How to Access Full Screen Startup in Windows 10

While in desktop mode, Windows 10 allows you to use the Start menu in a full-screen mode or in a way that only covers part of the screen.

While in desktop mode, Windows 10 allows you to use the Start menu in a full-screen mode or in a way that only covers part of the screen. Lets explore how to do this.

Depending on how you have your Start menu configured, a full-screen Start menu covers the entire screen (but not the Taskbar), and you can change between a “pinned tiles” view and an “all apps” view using the buttons in the upper-left corner.

In either view, you will see a screen full of shortcuts that you click on to launch an application. Refer to below image for a partial view of my desktop:

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Partial Desktop screen

To configure whether you see the full-screen Start menu in desktop mode or not, we need to make a change in Windows Settings.

This is for devices running Windows 10 operating system

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First, click the Start menu, select the Gear icon on the bottom left, then click Settings, or press the Windows+I keys to open Settings. See below image:

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Accessing Settings

Now, click on Personalization. See following image:

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Access Personalization

Next, select Start from the sidebar to open the its settings. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Start option

In Start menu settings, scroll down to the switch labeled Use Start Full Screen. If you would like to use the Start menu full screen in desktop mode, set this switch to On. If you do not want Start to cover the entire screen when you open it in desktop mode, set this switch to Off. See below image:

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Disabling Start Full Screen

Note! If your PC is in tablet mode, it will always show a full-screen Start menu.

You do not have to use a full-screen Start menu to get more room for shortcuts. If you would like to use a larger Start menu without having it occupy the full screen, you can easily resize the Start menu by clicking and dragging its edges.

Also, you can add a few more tiles by enabling the switch labeled Show more tiles located at the top of Start menu settings. Refer to above image.

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