How to fix the grayed out display color in Windows 10 taskbar

How to fix the grayed out display color in Windows 10 taskbar

Windows 10 allows you to customize the appearance in a variety of ways, including choosing a color mode and highlighting color for many interfaces, such as window borders, title bars, Start menu, taskbar, and Action Center.

However, when you choose an accent color for the desktop, you’ll probably notice that the Start, Taskbar, and Action Center options are grayed out, so you can’t use them. If that’s how you have it, it’s not a bug. This is expected behavior in Windows 10 when you use Light Mode, and you can fix this problem by making changes to your settings.

In this Windows 10 guide from Techquack, we’ll walk you through the simple steps to make the Accent Color option available to the launcher, taskbar, and action center on your device.

What’s the reason for the grayed-out display color on the Windows 10 taskbar

What's the reason for the grayed-out display color on the Windows 10 taskbar

It’s because the new Light theme doesn’t support coloring, i.e., taskbar, Start menu, and action center colors. Therefore, Windows automatically disables this option and blocks the ability to change or modify it.

To configure this option, you must select the “Dark” or “Custom” option from the “Select Color” drop-down list, and the “Show accent color on Start menu, taskbar, and action center” checkbox will be immediately enabled. The problem starts when you don’t change the “Choose Your Color” option and keep the “Light” option enabled.

You’ll notice that the “Start, taskbar, and action center” checkbox under “Show backlight color for following areas” is grayed out and you can’t change it.

Here’s how to fix the grayed-out display color of the Windows 10 taskbar

Here's how to fix the grayed-out display color of the Windows 10 taskbar

Switch to a dark theme

With Windows 10’s light theme, users can’t set the color for the Start menu, taskbar, and Action Center, but if you switch to a dark theme, you can enable that option.

  1. Open the Settings application.
  2. Go to the Customize Settings group.
  3. Select the Colors tab.
  4. Open the Select Color drop-down menu.
  5. Select Dark.
  6. Scroll down and the Start, Taskbar, and Action Center options will now be enabled.
  7. You can choose a color from the samples in the same tab or turn on the “Automatically choose a selection color from my background” option.

Switching to a custom theme

If you like a light theme but want some color on your taskbar, you can choose a compromise option: a light theme for apps, but a dark one for the system.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to the personalization settings group.
  3. Select the Colors tab.
  4. Open the Select Color drop-down menu.
  5. Select the Custom option. More options will appear.
  6. For the “Choose Default Windows Mode” option, select “Dark”.
  7. For the “Select the default application mode” option, select “Light”.
  8. The Start, Taskbar, and Action Center options can now be enabled in color.

Use modified wallpaper

You should use this option if you absolutely have to use the Light theme, but you want to have color on the taskbar.

  1. Select the background image you want to use. It should fit exactly on your screen. Resize it before you continue.
  2. Select the color you want to use for the taskbar. Define the color value in HEX and/or RGB format.
  3. Take a screenshot of your desktop (Win+PrntScrn).
  4. Open a screenshot in an application such as IrfanView.
  5. Select the full length and height of the taskbar. Pay attention to the dimensions.
  6. Open the background image in an image editor like Paint.net or GIMP.
  7. Add a solid color bar at the bottom, the exact size (width and height) of the taskbar, and the same color you want to use for the taskbar.
  8. Save the wallpaper.
  9. Download a free application called TranslucentTB.
  10. Run it and use it to make the taskbar transparent.
  11. Set the wallpaper as a background and you will have a colored taskbar.

Frequently Asked Questions

If your computer uses a light theme, you'll notice that the Start, Taskbar, and Action Center options in the Color Options menu are grayed out. This means that you can't touch it and change it in settings.

To change the color of the taskbar, select Start > Settings > Personalization> Colors > Show Accent Color on the following surfaces. Check the box next to Start, Taskbar, and Action Center. The color of the taskbar will match the color of the overall theme.

If Windows automatically applies color to the taskbar, you need to uncheck the Color option. To do this, go to Settings -> Personalization -> Colors as shown above. Then in the Select Accent Color section, uncheck "Automatically select accent color from background".

We can check or change the taskbar lock status by right-clicking on the taskbar. Just click on "Lock Taskbar" in the taskbar context menu to change the status from locked to unlocked and vice versa.

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