How to: Change Color of the Titles, Calendars and Clock in Windows

All currently supported versions of the Windows Operating System have a Taskbar, and the Taskbar displays the date and the time in its right corner. By clicking on the date/time section of the Taskbar a user can expand the section into an entire widget that displays a calendar of the entire current month and an enlarged clock, along with a link that, when clicked on, takes the user to their computer’s date and time settings.

By default, the date/time section of the Taskbar – and the Taskbar itself – in Windows 10 is pretty bland as it is black in color by default. Since that is the case, most Windows 10 users want to change the color of the calendar and clock in Windows 10’s Taskbar. Now there are plenty of different ways a Windows 10 user can go about changing the color of the date/time section of their computer’s Taskbar – some of these ways also change the color of the entire Taskbar whereas others don’t, and some of these ways involve third-party programs whereas others don’t. In any case, the following are some of the best options a person has if they want to change the color of the calendar and clock in their Windows 10 computer’s Taskbar:

Option 1: Change the color of your Taskbar, Start Menu and window borders

The best and simplest option that anyone who wants to change the color of their Calendar and Clock in Windows 10’s taskbar has is to change the color of their Taskbar, Start Menu and window borders. Changing the colors of these elements – in particular their Taskbar – will consequentially change the color of both the date/time section of their Taskbar and the Calendar and Clock widget that shows up when they click on the date/time section. To change the color of your Windows 10 computer’s Taskbar, you need to:

Open the Start Menu.

Click on Settings.

Click on Personalization.

Click on Colors in the left pane.

In the right pane, make sure that the automatically pick accent color from my background option under Choose a color is disabled.

Under Choose a color, choose a new accent color from the color grid that appears for your Start Menu, window borders, Taskbar and – as a result – your Calendar and Clock.

Change the color of your Taskbar

Apply the settings and enjoy the new color of your Taskbar’s Calendar and Clock.

Option 2: Switch to the secret dark Windows 10 theme

Windows 10 has a pretty dark yet completely secret theme that you can only use after fiddling around with your computer’s registry a bit. This theme also changes the color of the Calendar and Clock in Windows 10’s Taskbar, and here’s how you can apply this theme:

Download this .ZIP file.

Extract this .ZIP file to a new folder using a compression program such as WinRAR.

Open the new folder once the contents of the .ZIP file have been uncompressed and double-click on the file named enable-dark-theme.reg to launch it.

Switch to the secret dark Windows 10 theme

Restart your computer.

Voila – your Windows 10 computer now has a dark theme and you’ve successfully changed your Calendar and Clock’s color.

Option 3: Switch to a high contrast theme

High contrast themes on Windows 10, unlike those that came with its predecessors, are pretty modern, sleek and stylish. In addition, they apply unique color schemes to Windows 10 computers that make seeing elements easier for the visually impaired and basically give the whole computer an exclusive and extraordinary look. Switching to a high contrast theme is another solution for changing the color of the Calendar and Clock in your Windows 10 computer’s Taskbar, along with the color of basically everything on your computer from text to window borders. To switch to one of the various high contrast themes that Windows 10 comes with, you need to:

Open the Start Menu.

Click on Settings.

Click on Personalization.

Click on Themes in the left pane.

Navigate to Theme settings.

Choose a high contrast theme under the High Contrast Themes section and click on it to select it.

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Apply the theme and enjoy the changed color of your Windows 10 computer’s Calendar and Clock in Windows 10.

To reverse these changes, simply repeat the same steps listed and described above but select a default Windows 10 theme instead of a high contrast theme.

Pro Tip: The High Contrast Black theme works and looks the best out of the numerous options that you have when it comes to high contrast themes in Windows 10.

Option 4: Use a third-party Clock and Calendar application

The last option that you have when it comes to changing the color of the Calendar and Clock in Windows 10’s Taskbar, although this solution will also almost certainly change the style of the Clock and Calendar, is to use a third-party application that replaces both the Clock and Calendar in your Taskbar with customizable ones. Two of the best options when it comes to third-party applications of this persuasion are Atomic Alarm Clock and T-Clock. Both of these options come with hordes and hordes of customization and personalization options.

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Atomic Alarm Clock can be synchronized to an atomic clock and changing how it looks is pretty simple. T-Clock is pretty old (it was first introduced to the world in 2010) but it does have support for Windows 10, so you’re good on that front. T-Clock limits customization to an extent as its main customization options centre around changing the font, formatting and color of the text displayed by its Calendar and Clock, whereas Atomic Alarm Clock supports tons of different themes that you can play around and experiment with. T-Clock is completely free whereas Atomic Alarm Clock is only free for 60 days, after which you are going to have to purchase it if you want to continue using it.

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