Windows users have always customized their desktops. With Windows 10, the Start menu is another element of the user interface that can be customized. By default, you can change the appearance of the Start menu by changing the accent color or even rearranging the icons you’ve set. Obviously, you will notice that the app tiles in the Start menu are slightly darker than the accented color. This is perhaps done to highlight them or to make them easier to see. If you want to match the color of the app card with the Start menu, you will need a free open source app known as TileIconifier.
Match The Tile Color Of The App With Start Menu
This is quite a time-consuming process, so be sure to set the accent color to one that doesn’t change frequently. Go with a nice dark gray that will look good with most backgrounds. Also, the process of changing the app pane for a UWP app is different from the process for a desktop app. For a desktop app, it’s pretty simple.
Find the color of the start menu
If you have a color picker tool that can be run on the desktop and choose the accent color applied to it. If you don’t have a color selection tool, go ahead and take a screenshot of the Start menu.
- Open the screenshot in Paint, use the Paint app’s color selection tool to get the exact color of the Start menu.
- Use the color selection tool to get your RGB values and get your HEX code for it.
- You will need the hexadecimal code when you change the color of the app tile.
Change app tile of desktop
Run TileIconifier and get it a list of all the desktop apps installed on your system. It may take a while, so let the app work without interrupting it.
- In the list, select an app that you have anchored in the Start menu.
- On the right, next to the placeholder of the Median icons, click on the button highlighted in the screenshot below.
- A window will open where you can select an icon for the app. It is best to go with the default icon that will appear on the list, but you can choose the icon you want.
- Once the icon has been added, use the cursor under the icon placeholders to adjust how much the icon fills in an icon. It is good to make sure that the color appears a little around it.
- When the size setting is complete, click on the color code field shown in the screenshot below and enter the hexadecimal code for the Start menu color.
Click the ‘Tile Iconify!‘ Button Once after selecting a theme. You will need to click on it for both themes.
Change UWP app tile
- Open TileIconifier and go to Utilities in the menu bar.
- Select Custom Shortcut Manager.
- In the window that opens, click “Create new shortcut”.
- In the Windows store tab and select one of the UWP apps, you have pinned in the Start menu.
- Click Generate Shortcut.
The created shortcut will appear in the list of desktop apps.
Follow the same process for desktop apps from this point on and create the new tile.
Once the tile has been created, it must be corrected in the Start menu. You just need to do it for UWP apps.
- Open the Start menu and deselect the app tile box for which you have just modified the tile.
- Go to your app list and, in TileIconifier, you will find the new “shortcut” tile you created.
- Pin this in the Start menu.
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Repeat this for all your apps. All of them will take time, but you can end up with something clean. Keep in mind that you don’t have to match the color with the Start menu. You can even counter it.
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