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How To Create A Color & Appearance Shortcut

Regardless of the type of computing environment you're working In, there will be some degree of customizing your computer's appearance every so often by way of applying the color Intensity, hue, saturation and brightness to certain elements. Wouldn't It be nice If you had the option to do so, with a simple double-click of the mouse? Well, In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a color and appearance shortcut on your PC's desktop.

Before I begin, here's what I'm referring to. Once the desktop shortcut Is created and executed, you will see the Color and Appearance window as per the Image below.

Finding this actual setting via the traditional Control Panel, can be a somewhat difficult task at the best of times, namely for users who're not too familiar with the Windows platform. As such, I will demonstrate how to create a shortcut, that will directly access the Color and Appearance settings.

You can then use the color mixer to change your Taskbar, Windows borders and Start menu. The process to create the shortcut, Is extremely simple, so without further delay, let's get this tutorial started.

Step One:

Firstly, navigate to your computer's desktop, right-click on a blank area and select New > Shortcut as shown below.

Step Two:

Next, In the Type the location of the Item Input field, enter the following command.
 explorer shell:::{ED834ED6-4B5A-4bfe-8F11-A626DCB6A921} -Microsoft.Personalization\pageColorization

Then hit Next to move forward.

Step Three:

Now you need to give your shortcut a name. It can be anything you like. For the purpose of this tutorial, I've named mine Windows 10 Tips Colors. When you've entered yours, click Finish to finalize the process.

Step Four:

I've now navigated to my PC's desktop and as you can see, the shortcut has been successfully created. Let's make sure It's functional, by double-clicking It.

Step Five:

As expected, the Color and Appearance window has executed, and I can now select from the range of colors to customize my computer's appearance.

Last Step:

Upon scrolling a little further down, the color mixer can be used to apply the Hue, Saturation and Brightness accordingly.

Final Thoughts:

Although the Color and Appearance setting Is native to Control  Panel, It's not easy trying to locate It In Windows 10. Even when using the Search function by entering the respective keywords, It opens In the Colors section of Windows Settings. This however, does not have the option to use the color mixer as per the above step.

Do note that the shortcut Is not dedicated to your computer's desktop. You can copy & paste It to just about any directory you like.


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