Tutorial Windows: Make Windows 10 Look Really Slick with These Apps

It seems that the trend for highly-detailed icons with bevel design, 3D edges and animations are a little in the past. Operating systems and applications now seem to be orienting towards a clean, flat, simple style.

Truth be told, it’s indeed pleasant both to see such a design and work with one. Everything is clearly visible and the right color tone on your desktop or taskbar can even relax your eyes. Windows played with colors a bit in the last iteration, with windows and menus automatically applying and accent color from your wallpaper.

Snooping through our programs database, we stumbled upon a couple of apps that seem to go hand in hand really well. What’s more, given Windows 10’s ability to automatically pick a color for the interface, two mouse clicks can completely change the way your workspace looks and feels. Here’s what you need to do.

Redesigning Windows every two clicks

Step 1: Download and install Jedi Color Picker and LoneColor.

Step 2: Run LoneColor to have your desktop background changed to a random color.

Step 3: Rename the LoneColor shortcut to a color name or HTML code to change the background to that color only.

Note: You can create multiple shortcuts, each with a different color, one for random and change your workspace style according to your mood.

Step 4: Right-click the desktop and access Personalization options.

Step 5: Switch to the Colors tab and make Windows Automatically pick an accent color from your background. This changes the taskbar and start menu according to the desktop gradient.

Step 6: Run Jedi Color Picker.

Step 7: From the Output menu, make sure HTML/CSS is selected.

Step 8: Press Ctrl + R for a random color, or access it via the Color menu, and selecting Random.

Step 9: Select the LoneColor desktop shortcut and press F2 to rename it.

Step 10: Press Ctrl + V to paste the color code of the one in Jedy Color Picker, which is automatically sent to your clipboard.

Note: Jedi Color Picker is a powerful program of its kind, capable of grabbing any supported color through various methods. Combined with LoneColor, you can create a whole palette of simple, slick themes for Windows.

In conclusion

It might look like a simple option to customize a new iteration of Windows. However, combine it with a blurry start menu and your workspace can look really cool in all of its simplicity. There is an option in Windows to make the background use a single color tone, but with no option to have it automatically changed, which is exactly the gap filled by these two programs.

Wagiman Wiryosukiro

Petani Sistem Informasi, tukang las plugin & themes Wordpress. Co-Founder SistemInformasi.biz. Saat ini aktif sebagai Developer & kontributor di OpenMandriva Linux.

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