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How to Change the Color and Appearance in Windows 10 Creators Update

The latest release of Windows 10—dubbed the Creators Update—continues to refine many aspects of the user experience. Some of these new improvements show up in the Colors tab in Settings. These are subtle, yet notable changes that let users choose more color options for their window chrome. In this article, we check out how to use them along with existing options available in the Anniversary Update and previous releases.

How to Use the Color and Appearance Settings in Windows 10 Creators Update

One of the first improvements users will see is the color history, which preserves a collection of the most frequently used color profiles.

You can also choose from a wider color palette than the standard 49. So, if you prefer hot pink or emerald green or navy blue, you can now choose it to your exact specifications using the Custom color option.

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Users can also access advanced options and modify the Red, Green, and Blue color levels to produce a spectrum of color shades to their liking.

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The Creators Update cleans up and reorganizes the accent color area. Transparency now has a dedicated toggle, while specific options for Start, taskbar and action center are now checkboxes.

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If you use apps like Mail, Groove, and Photos, you can modify the dark and light theme behaviors in each app. Click the cog setting icon, then scroll down or click personalization to choose a color mode. Mail, in particular, includes a more extensive collection of color and theme options than any of the bundled apps in Windows 10. Hopefully, these will be extended to other apps in the future.

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In addition to the new color options in Creators Update, users can look forward to a new themes interface. You can also access a new Themes category from the Windows Store, which makes it easy to download a variety of wallpapers. If you are looking for more ways to personalize Windows 10, check out our previous article about how to backup Windows Spotlight images, enable the systemwide dark theme and customize the Start menu.

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