Change color of glass with regedit (with decimal to hex ARGB converter)

Published in multiple categories by Steve Sinchak with 75,846 views

Would you like to use the registry to set the color of aero glass on your PC? The registry setting requires an ARGB (Alpha, Red, Green, Blue) hex string for this setting. This is not very easy to create on your own so I wrote a simple decimal to hex converter below that will automatically convert the values and generate the setting value for you. Follow these steps to get started:

  1. Open Registry Editor and navigate through HKEY_CURRENT_USER, Software, Microsoft, Windows and DWM.
  2. Edit the value of ColorizationColor. Use my value generator below to get the registry value based on the alpha and color you want to use for aero glass.
  3. Restart DWM with net stop uxsms followed by net start uxsms at command prompt.

ColorizationColor value generator

Just enter in the decimal value that you want to use in the various boxes and the registry string will automatically be generated.

Here are some color guidelines:

  • All values have a range between 0 and 255
  • The Alpha value of 0 is completely transparent, 255 is completely solid.
  • Setting red, green, and blue all to 255 will result in black.
  • setting red, green, and blue all to 0 will result in white.
  • If you want a semi-transparent green interface, enter 128 for the alpha, 0 for red, 255 for green and 0 for blue.
  Alpha Red Green Blue
ColorizationColor Registry Value:
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For those who need more information on numbers for various colors, you can get that from some image editing programs, such as PhotoStudio 5.5 which has different ways of picking its colors - one of those is by choosing the numbers, and as you do, it shows you how the color changes, so you can see what you are getting.

Posted by Ray on 5 years ago

Unless handled as only a fun-fact, I can't seem to find any real use for this. Because as far as I know, you can set the colour on Vista's own theme management thing, not only alot easier, but you can see the outcome there, with all the colour sliders and so on.

Other purpose than "fun to know" would be when someone wants to have an exact match of colour with the wallpaper for the shell.
Posted by Jok on 4 years ago

err cant seem to find dwm????
Posted by jimmyra on 4 years ago

That is so cool! Jok, it is extremely helpful becuase you cant make anything a full 255 alpha, or 0 alpha. Thanks a ton!
Posted by Graboy on 4 years ago

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