Active window taskbar icon color stand out windows 10

Hi,

As you are already familiar with this problem, no matter how you change the colors of the taskbar icons you still cannot see which window is active. In windows XP it was so clear without mucking around with colors and themes it purely showed which window was active like it was indented into the screen. whereas windows 7 just changes the shade of the color. I hoped that this would change in windows 10, but unfortunately it hasn't.

I don't know why Microsoft broke from something that works so well. But can you please advise on how to make a change back to the way windows XP displays the selected window icon on the taskbar.

Please understand that I am not asking to revert back to windows XP taskbar looks. I only want to be able to have the option to see the selected window icon on my taskbar. Right now, windows 7 or 10 simply adds a slight white shade on top of the selected icon on the taskbar and unfortunately this doesn't work well.

Thanks,

Cheers,

Joe

Hi Joechalfoun,

Thank you for posting your query in Microsoft Community.

I would suggest you to follow these steps and check if it helps:

  1. Right click on the desktop, click on personalize.
  2. Click on Windows Color, and click on advance appearance settings.
  3. Under Windows color and appearance, click on the drop down arrow under item.
  4. You can select Active title bar, Active Windows border etc, and change the size and color you want.
  5. If you want different color, then click on color and click on others so that you can create your own color.
  6. Once you finish making the changes click on apply and then ok.

I suggest you to post your valuable suggestions in Windows feedback app. So, that developers will try to implement it in future Windows 10 Builds to enhance user experience.

Keep us posted on the status of the issue and I’ll be glad to assist you further.

 

 

 
Rakesh C N

Microsoft Community.

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Hi Rakesh,

Under Windows Color in windows 10 there is no option called advance appearance settings, only high contrast settings.

Windows 7 had these options you mentioned, but unfortunately no option of changing the colors of the task bar active icon exist.

What's next?

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Joe

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Hi Joe,

We appreciate your time and effort for getting back to us.

Try the following steps and check if it helps:

  1. Right click on the Start button and click on the Settings.
  2. Click on the Personalization.
  3. Select the Colors from the left pane.
  4. Under Choose a color turn off the Automatically pick an accent color for my background.
  5. Try to change the color and options under the Choose a color.

Reference: Refer to the following Microsoft article on Change desktop background and colors.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/getstarted-change-desktop-background

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Hi Rakesh,

The proposed solution doesn't work either. I attached the picture below to display to you what my question is and what type of solution I am looking for. I modified the picture above in Photoshop to show you what I mean and what I would like to have.

I love the Aero theme, but I would like to have the option to change the display of the selected window taskbar icon like shown in the figure below.

Can you please propose a solution for that?

Thank you,

Joe

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Hi Joe,

We appreciate your time and effort for getting back to us.

Try the following steps to enable the High Contrast White Theme:

  1. Right click on the empty area on the Desktop and select Personalize.

  2. Select Themes from the left pane.

  3. Click on Theme settings under Themes.

  4. Under High Contrast Themes, click on High Contrast White Theme.

If we get any updates on the Aero Themes then we will inform you.

Reference: Refer to the following Microsoft article on Themes.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-IN/windows/themes

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It is a common problem for many people but I found a solution for others still looking for an answer. This works on my computer with Windows 10 v1607.

First go into personalization and select the accent color (the color to show as the active taskbar item). I chose red.

Then go into the registry using regedit and update the AccentPalette key. Be careful when updating the registry as you can really stuff up your computer so best to create a restore point if you are not familiar.

The details of changing the AccentPalette are found here: https://www.reddit.com/r/windows/comments/3fdwo5/how_to_change_your_accent_color_to_anything_you/

(Refer to the post by BubbaHubba).  I changed the background taskbar to be a dark blue.

Once you update the registry entry, you need to either restart your computer or open Task Manager and find the Windows Explorer task and restart it.

This is what my task bar looks like now. The active window is red.

Hopefully Microsoft will provide a more user friendly way to do this in future builds!

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Unfortunately the feature to change the colour of the active / non-active windows on taskbar is (as you realise) no longer available, suggest submit request via Feedback Hub. I too get confused!!!

There maybe a Registry entry, I am not aware of it.

The other posts,  change the Taskbar colour / but not the Windows!!!!!

A computer is a device, that requires human input to operate efficiently.
Alas we humans do fail!!!!

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