Windows – Make Windows 10 Start Menu icons’ & tiles’ background transparent

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In Windows 10, icons and start menu tiles are drawn on top of a bounding rectangle of their size that acts as background and is colored using the accent color, whereas in Windows 7 and prior, there was no such background.

In my opinion, displaying nearly every icon/tile with the same color is a bad design choice and does not appeal to me at all.

Is it possible to make the background of icons transparent?
Or at least change the background color to black (which is not available as accent color) or use an image as background (as in the mobile version)?

Tiles that do have a transparent background should probably have some thin outline, but this seems impossible more than ever.

Update: You can now choose a custom accent color, so setting it to the start menu's background color should give a satisfactory result.

Best Answer

You have probably moved on or found a solution. But you can at least change te background for win32 apps to a color of choice. I have for example given all my Adobe CC apps a color that matches with their icon. Also for Solidworks.

Link to screenshot https://i.stack.imgur.com/NgYXe.jpg

I found a tutorial online but it basically is as simple as putting a .XML file with the color code in the main folder of your application (where the .EXE that you launch is) And putting the name of the .EXE in the name.

Here is an example for Photoshop.

https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvetFdeXWu5Fg8tY3CdOo99uTIsXTA?e=LbuXqc