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How do I change the background color in Windows 8.1 Update 1? - fixedByVonnie

How do I change the background color in Windows 8.1 Update 1?

What’s your favorite color?

  • Burly Wood?
  • Chartreuse?
  • Navy?
  • MintCream?

If you abhor the default Teletubby purple background on the Start Screen, then I’ve got good news for you: it’s really easy to change but is a little hard to find.

Before the Windows 8.1 update, you could change the Start Screen colors by:

  1. Pressing Windows Key + i
  2. Clicking Change PC settings in the bottom right section of the screen
  3. And making your adjustments in the right pane under the Start Screen section.

Things changed after Microsoft mandated that everyone install Windows 8.1 Update 1.  Now your personalization settings are buried deep within the digital crust of Windows – but behold!

I’ll help you exhume it in no time.

Here’s how to make the adjustments:

From the Start Screen, press Windows Key + w and type this:

colors

Windows 8.1 Update Background and Color on Start

Change the background and colors on Start should be the first or second item in the list.

Pick that and you’ll gain access to your elusive background and accent colors.

In case you’re wondering, the accent color manifests itself as the highlight color in the Modern UI (formerly known as the Metro Interface).

From the graphic above you can see my background color is set to a dark teal but the accent color is a lighter more royal Tiffany teal.

Windows 8.1 Update Personalize

Incidentally, for some obscure reason, if you hit Windows Key + w, and type colors from the traditional desktop screen, the background and accent options never load.  You need to kick off that key combo from the Start Screen to make it open.

Ahh, Microsoft is never without its idiosyncrasies…

<sigh>

If this saved you a few cycles of despair, please share in the comments!

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  • Akash

    thanks a lot

  • Guest

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  • Cristina

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

  • Frank Deno

    thanks you the best

  • Jean Julius Vernal

    Thank you!