How to Set Colors for Active and Inactive Title Bars in Windows 11

Xiaobai Software  2022-09-03 12: 07  read 73 views

Have you ever wanted to customize the bar at the top of each window that tells you the app's name?This is called a "title bar", and Windows 11 isn't configured by default to show accent colors on title bars and borders.So all your software windows have boring white or black title bars by default.

You can choose a custom color for the title bar of both active and inactive (background windows).The custom color selected for the title bar is also applied to the window's border.Here's how you can customize Windows 11 by setting a custom color for the title bar.


How to set the color of the active title bar

Windows 11 includes a color palette that you can use to choose an accent color for the active title bar.You just have to turn on the built-in "Show Accent Colors" option in Settings to apply the selected color to the software window.Here are the steps to set the active title bar color in Windows 11:

1. Right-click on a section of the desktop wallpaper and select Personalize.


2. Click on the "Colors" navigation option.

3. Next, click "Accent Colors" to view the color palette.

4. Toggle on the Show accent color on title bar and window border option.


5. Then select Manual in the Accent Color drop-down menu.

6. Select a box on the Windows Color palette.You'll immediately notice that when you do this, the border color around the Settings window changes.


7. Optionally, click the View Colors button.You can then choose a color by dragging the circle on the custom palette and selecting Done.


The title bar and border of the active window will now have a color of your choice.Open the control panel and see the difference.The title bar of the control panel will now include the accent color you set in the settings.


How to set color for inactive title bar by editing registry

Inactive title bars are used on background windows that are not currently selected.Setting a color for an inactive title bar is a bit more complicated, as Windows 11 doesn't include a built-in option to do this.However, you can apply a color to the inactive title bar by manually adjusting the registry key in the steps below.

First, choose a color for the inactive title bar by setting the color for the active title bar in Settings, as described above.This may sound confusing, but you will need to copy the code for that color in Registry Editor in order to apply it to inactive title bars.

Once you get it, click Start (or you can press the Win key).Enter Registry Editor in the "enter this search box" at the top of the Start menu in Windows 11 and select the search result to open Registry Editor.

Now it's time to make some edits:

1. Next, click on the address bar of the Registry Editor to erase the current path.Type Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM in this field and press Enter.

2. Right-click the DWM key in the left navigation pane and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.


3. Enter AccentColorInactive in the text box of the new DWORD.

4. Next, double-click on the AccentColor DWORD, which contains the code for the color of the active title bar you selected in the settings in step XNUMX.


5. Select the code in the Value data box and press Ctrl + C.

6. Click OK to close the Value field for the AccentColor DWORD.

7. Double-click the AccentColorInactive DWORD you added to the registry.


8. Click inside the value data box and press Ctrl + V to paste the copied color code.

9. Close the Edit DWORD window and Registry Editor.

10. Open the Accent Color palette in Settings and change the color of the active title bar as covered in the previous three steps.

11. From there, choose a different color for the active title bar.

The title bar of the inactive window will now include the color you chose earlier in step one.To see the difference, open the DWM registry key again as described in steps two to four.Then double-click any DWORD for that key to bring up its Edit window.

The background title bar of the Registry Editor window will include the color you set with the AccentColorInactive DWORD, as shown in the screenshot below:


To remove the color of the inactive title bar, right-click on the AccentColorInactive DWORD and select Remove.When prompted for deletion confirmation, select Yes.Or you can turn off the "Show accent color on title bar" option to remove the color of active and inactive window bars.

How to set the color of the inactive title bar with Winaero Tweaker

The freeware Winaero Tweaker provides an alternative, more direct method for selecting the color of the inactive title bar.The software includes a custom setting for selecting the color of the inactive title bar.Methods as below:

1. OpenWinaero Tweakersoftware website.

2. Click Download Winaero Tweaker to get a ZIP archive of the software.

3. Open the Windows file manager application and bring up the folder where you downloaded the ZIP file in your browser.

4. To extract the Winaero Tweaker ZIP file, right-click and select the Extract All option in the archive's context menu.


5. Then select Show extracted files and click Extract to view the folder containing the Winaero Tweaker installation wizard.


6. Double-click WinaeroTweaker- to open the software installer.Install Winaero Tweaker by setting options.

7. Select Run Winaero Tweaker after installation.Clicking the "Finish" button of the installation wizard will also launch Winaero Tweaker.

8. Double-click Appearances in Winaero's left pane.


9. Select the inactive title bar color to view this option.

10. Next, click the Current Color box.

11. Select a color in the palette window and confirm with OK.

Inactive title bars on windows will now include whatever color you choose for them.To test this, switch to a window other than Winaero Tweaker.When Winaero Tweaker becomes inactive, its title bar should change to the color you just set.If not, you may need to enable the option to show accent color on title bar in settings.

Winaero Tweaker also includes some other notable title bar customization settings.Double-click the Advanced Appearance category and select Window Title Bar.You can then choose a different title bar font by clicking the Change Font button.Or drag the slider of the window title bar height bar to reconfigure the height of the bar.Click "Apply Changes" to save the settings you choose there.


Colorize the title bar in Windows 11

In Windows 11, you don't have to stick to a solid white title bar.You can apply your two favorite colors to active and inactive window title bars using the method above.However, please note that the title bar color you choose will not be applied to Settings, Microsoft Store, File Explorer and some other pre-installed UWP apps.

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