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Change Your Windows 7 Taskbar Color the Easy Way (and Rotate Between Colors)

We recently showed you how to change the Windows 7 taskbar color to anything you want without any software running in the background, and now we’ve got an even easier way for you to do it with a single click.

The trick we used in the first article was to add a swipe of color to the bottom of your wallpaper, which then shows through the Aero transparency and makes your taskbar change color without having to change the entire theme. It was simple and fun.

Reader Grant Prudlow took the initiative to make the whole process even easier, and created an application that can automate the whole process—it’s an impressive little application that works perfectly.

Using Windows 7 Taskbar Color Changer

There’s really not very much to using the application—simply download it, extract it into a folder somewhere, and then launch it. You can choose a color or use the Random button, and then click the Apply button to change the taskbar color.

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The color picker is a standard one, and you can choose any color you want.

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Here’s a green taskbar!

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Just in case you are worried, the application makes a copy of your wallpaper and puts it into a separate folder. The original wallpaper image is untouched and you can switch back to it anytime.

Reverting Your Taskbar Back to Normal

You can quickly revert your taskbar back to normal by just selecting the original wallpaper and setting it as your desktop background again. Which you could also do in Control Panel, or wherever you prefer to set it.

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Want the wallpaper image I’m using in the screenshot? It’s part of our Starscape wallpaper collection.

Rotating Between Taskbar Colors

What Grant might not have anticipated is that since the application stores a copy of each color that you try out, you can open up the Desktop Background panel in Control Panel and select most or all of the different wallpaper copies—each with a separate color that you previously chose.

Then Windows 7 will automatically let you shuffle between all of the wallpaper images on a regular basis, which will actually end up just changing the taskbar color, since it’s the same wallpaper.

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It’s a rather interesting feature.

Watch a Video of it in Action

If you’re the type that would rather see it working before you try it out, here’s a short video showing off just how quickly it actually works. There’s no sound, so you don’t need to bother adjusting your speakers.


Download Windows 7 Taskbar Color Changer

You can grab your own copy of the application from Grant’s web page, or we’ve also provided a mirror copy just in case his web server can’t handle the load, but you can check out his other utilities as well on his site.

Note: If you really like the software, you could consider donating a few dollars to Grant via the Paypal links on his Home Page

 

Download Windows 7 Taskbar Color Changer from grantman.net

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  • Published 08/11/10

Comments (15)

  1. HugoHilter

    Its a nice tool but!!! – only for “one-monitor.users”. I have a 24″ 1920×1200 + a 2th 19″ 1280×1024. With always two differnt wallpapers (DisplayFusion) under Win 7. The Taskbar is only on the 1th, bigger monitor.

    This tool changes the color of the taskbar very well – but “mix” the wallpapers. That looks funny for the moment…but therefore the tool is useless for me.

  2. asker

    does this works on wins 7 home basic/ starter?

  3. Angelo

    I hope that thing works for Windows 7 Home Basic or Starter, because I’ve been hearing comments from Basic/Starter users lately that the original bright blue taskbar is getting boring. I honestly admit that, having used Home Basic before upgrading to Ultimate, it is boring.

  4. harry neely

    wouldn’t install , needs some version of the .net framework apparently I don’t have with win7 proffesional
    too much trouble to change the color

  5. jacquez smith

    i have windows vista and somehow my task bar has reverted itself back to the classic look it looks like 95 or something and i cant figure out how to change it back so that it looks like vista again maybe you can help me

  6. Grant Prudlow

    @asker, @Angelo
    This should work on all versions of Windows 7.

    @harry neely
    This program requires Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0. Windows 7 ships with .NET, but you probably have an earlier version. The .NET Framework can be downloaded here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=5765d7a8-7722-4888-a970-ac39b33fd8ab

  7. Bayan

    I dont have windows 7, please make another way for other things

  8. agash

    i download it but it’s not coming i first clicked random i choosed a colour black then i clicked apply but its not changing even mine is windows7

  9. Toshiloah ryodah

    Mine was window 7 home basic but it’s not working everytime i try to click the apply button…. :(((( PLS HELP I’M TIRED OF WINDOWS 7 TASKBAR COLOR :’((((

  10. Taskbow

    Let me advise you Taskbow to paint your taskbar :)
    Good luck!

  11. Courtney

    This won’t open, why?

  12. kimberly

    @Hugo Hilter I have the same problem. Bummer.

  13. Akshay

    This is not gud this colour changer does not work on windows 7 home basic

  14. Laura

    It’s not working!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and the read me note? there is no text!!!!!!!

  15. Yvo DRIES

    I just downloaded and ran “Windows Vista/7 Taskbar Color Changer” on Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32bit with my taskbar at the right side of the screen, not at the bottom, and I believe that’s why upon hitting “Apply” I got this error :::
    :::
    Error changing taskbar color.
    An unexpected error occurred while attempting to change your taskbar color.
    (Error 5) The path is not of a legal form.
    Occurred at mscorlib.

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