How to Restore “Can’t Change Taskbar Color” on Windows 10

Given how important computers have become to us, we often feel the need to customize them to our liking, whether it’s installing our favorite programs or cluttering the screen with colors to our liking. Fortunately for Windows users, Microsoft offers many ways to do this. Today, I’m going to tell you how to change the color of your computer’s taskbar with Windows 10 and why you can’t do it.

What is the reason for “Can’t change taskbar color”?

Usually, only Windows 10 version 1903 users complain about this problem. And the reason is the simple presence of a `light theme’. Because in version 1903, the light theme is enabled by default. According to the light theme design behavior, you can’t see the highlighted color in the Start menu and related items such as the taskbar and Action Center.

How to troubleshoot the “Cannot change taskbar color” problem?

Update Windows to the latest version of your system

Microsoft is constantly working to improve Windows by adding new features and fixing known bugs. The error may occur if you have not updated Windows to the latest version. In this context, updating Windows to the latest version may solve the problem.

  1. Press Windows + Q and type “Check for updates” (in the Windows search bar).
  2. Now click the Check for Updates button in the Updates window. If updates are suggested, download and install them.
  3. Then reboot the system and check after the reboot to see if the problem with the taskbar color has been resolved.

Using a different user account

You will not be able to change the taskbar color if your user profile is corrupted. In this case, using a different account (either a built-in administrator account or creating a different user account) can solve the problem.

  1. Right-click on the Windows button and then select Computer Management in the menu that appears.
  2. Then expand Local Users and Groups on the left side of the window.
  3. Now click on Users, then right-click on Administrator in the right pane and select Properties.
  4. Then uncheck the “Account disabled” option and click Apply/OK.
  5. Now reboot the system, after the reboot logs in with the built-in administrator account and see if you can change the color of the taskbar.

Use the “High Contrast” mode

If you still can’t change the color of the system tray, you can use High Contrast Mode to get the desired effect and solve the problem.

  1. Click on the Windows button, then click on the gear icon to open Windows Settings.
  2. Now open Accessibility and select High Contrast in the left half of the window.
  3. Now turn on the Enable High Contrast switch, and then check to see if you can change the color of the taskbar.

Remove competing applications

Many Windows users tend to use various applications to control the look and feel of their system. Some of these applications may prevent the user from changing the color of the taskbar through Windows settings.

In this case, uninstalling these conflicting applications can solve the problem. One known application that causes this problem is Stardock Start10.

  1. Press the Windows key, right-click on Stardock Start10, and then select Uninstall from the submenu that appears.
  2. Now select Stardock Start10 from the list of installed applications in the Control Panel and click Uninstall.
  3. If Stardock Start10 is not displayed in the list of installed applications, right-click in the Control Panel window and select Update.
  4. Then follow the instructions on the screen to uninstall Start10 and reboot the system.
  5. After rebooting, check if there are other similar applications and, if so, uninstall the conflicting applications and reboot the system.
  6. After rebooting, check if you can change the color of the taskbar.

Returning to the default Windows theme

The problem with the taskbar color may be temporary in the display module. You can fix the problem by returning to the default Windows theme.

  1. Right-click on the system desktop and select Customize from the menu that appears.
  2. Now select Themes in the left half of the settings window and click on Windows (under Change Theme).
  3. Then check if you can change the color of the taskbar.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

  1. Click Start -> Settings.
  2. Click Personalization.
  3. Click Colors.
  4. Click the Select Color drop-down list and select Custom.
  5. Under Select Windows Default Mode, click Dark.
  6. Click Custom Colour.
  7. Select a custom color using the Select Color panel and click Done.

  1. Open the settings.
  2. Click on Personalization.
  3. Click on Color.
  4. Use the Select Colour drop-down menu and select Dark or Custom.

Right-click an empty taskbar area and select Taskbar Options. In the Taskbar Options window, scroll down and find the "Taskbar Position on Screen" drop-down menu. This menu lets you select one of the four sides of the screen.