Windows 10 Start Menu, Taskbar, and Action Center Personalization Ultimate Guide

Finally, Start menu is coming back to Windows, if not now, but at least in the next iteration of Windows, the Windows 10. If you have been following us, you might well be aware how it looks like and what it does for you. Windows 10 Start menu is not entirely new, you will see design elements of Windows 8.1 start menu including the live tiles, grouping icons, and alphabetical sorting of programs carried over to Windows 10.

Windows 10 Start Menu

Windows 10 Start Menu

Let’s see how you can personalize, colorize, and customize the start menu and taskbar in Windows 10.

1. Expand Start Menu

Click on tap on the top right corner icon of the start menu to expand it to full screen. This is especially meant for tablet users. Hit the same icon again to collapse it to its compact size.

Full Screen Start Menu

Full Screen Start Menu

2. Rename Group Items

Hover the mouse over the name of the group items to see a customize icon. Click on the icon to rename any grouped items.

Rename Start Menu Grouping Items

Rename Start Menu Grouping Items

3. Change Color of Start Menu

Right-click on empty desktop and click Personalize. In the Personalization dialog box, click on Colors located in the left pane. You can now select from the preset suggested colors and see live preview of the start menu. You also get option to automatically pick a color from the desktop background. Scroll to the bottom of the same dialog box and you will see option to enable/disable transparency for start menu.

Change Color of Start Menu in Windows 10

Change Color of Start Menu in Windows 10

One more nice option is to let Windows choose the best accent color from the desktop background image. For example if your desktop is more of a greenery, the start menu will turn green. If wallpaper changes to an ocean, the start menu changes to blue accent, so on and so forth. This feature works best when you have a desktop theme applied that has several wallpapers which change in certain interval.


Automatic Accent Color from Background

Automatic Accent Color from Background

4. Ease of Access High Contrast Theme

In the Personalization dialog box, click on Colors located in the left pane. In the right pane scroll down to the bottom and click on Go to high contrast color settings to access four high contrast themes.

Ease of Access Contrast Themes

Ease of Access Contrast Themes

5. Colorize Taskbar and Action Center

In the Personalization dialog box, click on Colors located in the left pane, then scroll down and turn ON the toggle switch. To maintain uniformity, the taskbar color and action center will be of same as that of start menu.  You can’t give varying colors to start menu, taskbar, and Action Center as of now.

Colorize Taskbar

Colorize and Make Taskbar and Action Center Transparent

6. Make Start Menu, Taskbar, and Action Center Transparent

Just below the color options in the above screen-shot, you got option to make start menu, taskbar, and action center transparent. As usual, it doesn’t literally mean ‘Transparent’, but rather it’s actually ‘Translucent’!

That’s it for now based on the currently available Windows 10 Preview build. This article will be updated when new features get added to Windows 10 as it inches towards launch.

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Kiran Kumar

Hi there! Kiran Kumar is an Engineer by profession, and loves blogging primarily on Microsoft Windows operating system and also enjoys reviewing software and products. Currently, he is exploring Windows 10 and you will see a lot of articles on know-how about it. When he is not writing for TWP, he enjoys time with his Family, listens to lot of music, enjoys Biking, and occasionally plays racing games on Xbox One.