How to change Title bar colors in Windows 10 build 10525

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After a long awaited break, the Windows 10 Insider preview program is ramping back up. Eager Insiders were unexpectedly greeted with Windows 10 Insider build 10525 today. While some may argue that the Windows 10 RTM build needs a robust update to address various issues, build 10525 was not that today.

Instead, the Windows team has focused on some under the hood improvements around memory usage. Build 10525 isn’t without its visual charms, though. In the new build, color theme options have been expanded beyond the all-or-nothing nature of build the Windows 10 RTM build.

To test out the expanded color theme options, follow the quick and easy guide below:

  • Visit your update settings and see if build 10525 is available for download and install.
  • Wait for the download to install and your system to be restored.
  • Head back to Settings. Click on Personalization.
  • Make sure "Show color on Start, Taskbar, and Action center" is selected.
  • Choose your color.


The new color theme features are applied to the Action Center, Start Menu, Taskbar, and Title bars.

Note: Anecdotally, I have noticed not all app title bars will don the new color options. Perhaps app developers need to enable color theme options. Microsoft’s very own Maps and Groove Music apps do not hold the colored title bars and will likely need an update.

We’ve reported on other news regarding the 10525 update such as what’s new and known issues. Check out our other pieces for more information.

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