How to Customize App Borders and Shadows on Windows 10

Dan Price 08-06-2018

On Windows, you’ve been able to change how apps look for almost the entire history of the operating system’s life.


However, Insider Preview builds of Redstone 5 (the next Windows update to be released in Fall 2018) suggest that Windows will automatically change the color of all app borders to gray. The theory is that it will match the new shadows better.

Thankfully, you will still be able to override those default settings and change the color. You can even turn the shadows on and off at your pleasure. Let’s take a closer look.

How to Customize App Borders and Shadows

How to Customize App Borders and Shadows on Windows 10 windows border app 670x456

Firstly, we will explain how to change the color of the app borders, and then we’ll look at how to turn the shadow on and off. To change the colors, follow the steps below:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Click on Personalize.
  3. On the menu in the left-hand panel, select Colors.
  4. You can choose one of the default colors, or you can click on Custom color and enter your own RBG or hex code.
  5. Scroll down to Show the accent color on the following surfaces.
  6. Mark the checkbox next to Title bars.

If you would like to add shadows to your app windows, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Control Panel > System and Security > System > Advanced System Settings.
  2. Open the Advanced tab.
  3. In the Performance section, click on Settings.
  4. Click on the Visual Effects tab.
  5. Mark the checkbox next to Custom.
  6. Mark or unmark the checkbox next to Show shadows under windows as preferred.
  7. Click on Apply
  8. Finish by clicking on OK.

Remember one of the best ways to customize the operating is to use your own theme. You can choose a light theme for Windows 7 White Themes for Windows 10 Tired of your dark Windows theme? Maybe it's time for a change. In this article, I'm going to introduce you to the seven best white themes for Windows 10. Read More or a dark theme for Windows Prefer Dark Themes? 7 Tips to Make Your Windows Desktop Even Darker Dark colors can help with eyestrain and they're stylish too. A dark Windows theme is a good start. We show you how to make your Windows desktop as dark as possible. Read More .

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  1. Ron MVP
    June 20, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    The feature I miss is the ability to make application window borders wider. I find the Win 10 default to narrow. On my system it is hard to place the mouse pointer exactly to be able to easily resize windows.

  2. Sammiie
    June 13, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    Had same issue, but the drive was working well on other pc but refuse to show on one of my pc.
    I fix it by assigning a letter to to drive using Diskpart;
    1. go to cmd and type "diskpart"
    2. type "list volume"
    3, select the appropriate volume by typing "select volume n" n= volume number
    4. now assign letter "assign Letter=D press enter
    disk should show immediately on your pc