How to Set Custom Colors for Active and Inactive Title Bars on Windows 11?


Whenever you open a window on your Windows system, you will find the name of the app on top of the window. It is called the title bar of that window. Now, conventionally, the title bars and borders on windows 11 do not show accent color. Instead, they will have basic white or black colors depending upon your computer theme.

However, if you find these black/white colors too basic, it is possible to change that. You have to tweak the settings a little. You can set custom colors and borders for both the active and inactive (background window) title bars. We have now talked about how to do it for Windows 10 earlier. Keep reading this risewindows article will guide you through the steps for the same if you have a Windows 11 computer.

How to Choose a Color for the Active Title Bar on Windows 11 Settings?

Use the following steps to set a color for the active title bar on Windows 11 using the built-in Settings app:-

Step 1: First, open the Settings app on your computer.

Step 2: In the left sidebar, choose the option which says Personalization.

Step 3: Look for the Colorsoption on the right-sidebar.

Step 4: In the drop-down menu saying “Accent color,” go to Manual.

Step 5: You have, in front of you, a set of colors that you can choose from. However, if you dislike any available colors, click on the View colors button and choose the desired color from the palette.

Step 6: Scroll down to the toggle switch “Show accent color on title bars and windows borders” and turn it on.

The above steps will change the active window’s title bar and border color.

How to Use Registry Editor to Set the Color for Inactive Title Bars on Windows 11?

Like Windows 10, the custom color settings apply to only the active title bars and not the inactive ones in Windows 11. You will have to change it manually by tweaking the Registry. Keep reading further to do it.

Use the following steps to set the color for inactive title bars on Windows 11:-

Step 1: Go to the Registry Editor on your computer.

Step 2: In the Registry Editor, type the following the:-


Step 3: Navigate to New > DWORD (32-bit) Valueby right-clicking on the DWM key.

Step 4: Name the newly created REG_DWORD to AccentColorInactive.

Step 5: After completing the above steps, find AccentColor and AccentColorInactiveREG_DWORDs on the right sidebar. Copy the  AccentColorREG_DWORD “Value data” and paste it into the AccentColorInactiveREG_DWORD. Once done, set a different color for an Accent Color in the Settings app.

Copy the “Value data” by double-clicking on the AccentColor.

Step 6: Click on OK.

Step 7: Paste the color code you copied in the AccentColorInactive REG_DWORD.

Step 8: Click on OK.

Step 9: Set a new Accent color from Windows 11 Settings.

Once you have completed all the above steps, it will set different colors for active and inactive Windows title bars.

That is it.

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Also, read How to Change Window Title Bar Text Color on Windows 10?

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