Why Is Start, Taskbar & Action Center Greyed out Windows 11

If you want to have a color other than gray in the Start menu, taskbar and action center in Windows11, this tutorial will help you.

Why Is Start, Taskbar & Action Center Greyed out Windows 11

You can’t set accent colors on the Start menu and taskbar in Windows 11 unless you have your themes or windows mode set to custom mode. Because Windows 11 versions come with a Light Theme that displays the Taskbar, Start menu, quick center, etc., in light grey color. However, you can change the colors that appear in the taskbar, apps, start menu in Windows 11.

How to change “Start, Taskbar, and Action Center” Grayed out on Windows 11?

Like Windows 10, you can switch to Custom colors on Windows 11 directly through the settings, as follows:.

Click on the Start button, click on the Settings icon.

Start, Taskbar, and Action Center” Grayed out

Then click Personalization, and click Colors.

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Locate the “Choose your mode” section and click the drop-down menu under Light on the right and select Custom mode. The Custom option will allow you to choose different color mode for Windows mode and app mode individually.

Costom mode windows 11

Now “choose your default Windows mode,” section and click the drop-down menu under Light on the right and select Dark.

start taskbar color

Since you’re in dark mode, the “Start, taskbar, and action centeroption will no longer be grayed out. After that, scroll down the page until you see “Show accent color on the following surfaces.”

Start, taskbar, and action center Show accent color

Enable the option Show accent color on start and taskbar. And “Windows colors” section check the color you want to use from the color grid. Or you can customize the color even further by selecting the “Custom color” option.

Alternatively Select Dark Theme

At the top of the Personalization screen, from under the “Select a Theme to Apply” section, choose the “Windows (Dark)” theme.

Alternatively Select Dark Theme

Since you’re in dark theme, the “Start, taskbar, and action center” option will no longer be grayed out. After that, scroll down the page until you see “Show accent color on the following surfaces.”

Alternatively Select Dark Theme

Windows colors” section select the color you want to use from the color grid. Or you can customize the color even further by selecting the “Custom color” option.

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