How to Change Windows 11 Search Box Color

Just like what the Redmond tech giant did by revamping the volume mixer feature and migrating File Explorer to WinAppSDK in Insider Build 25309, devs on the channel have figured out that you may be able to change the color of your search box in future Windows 11 stable releases.

As noted by Windows enthusiast @PhantomOnEarth, the feature is available in the recent build, but some users reported that they didn’t like the appearance that much and wanted to revert to the old style.

In this article, we will guide you on how to enable/disable the color change of the search box in Windows 11.

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How to Enable or Disable the Color Change feature of the Windows 11 Search Box

1. First, ensure that your PC is running the latest Windows Insider build of Windows 11.

To ensure that, check for Updates by going to Settings > Windows Update > Install all, to download and install the latest build.

2. Once you have the latest Windows 11 Insider build installed, download ViveTool from their GitHub page. ViVeTool is a third-party app that will help you enable the Change color feature for the Taskbar Search Bar on Windows 11.

download vivetool

3. After downloading ViVeTool, extract the ZIP file to a preferred location on your system.

Simply, right-click on the ZIP file, click on the Extract All option, and extract the content to some accessible location on your PC.

extract vivetool zip

4. Navigate to the extracted folder, right-click on it, and select Copy as Path from the context menu to copy the directory path of the ViveTool.exe file.

copy as path vivetool

5. Now, open Command Prompt as an administrator. Simply search for CMD in the search bar and click on the Run as administrator option from the right pane of the search results.

run cmd as administrator
run cmd as administrator

6. Once the Command Prompt is opened as an administrator, type cd followed by a space and paste the directory path of the ViVeTool you just copied.

For instance, if you extracted ViVeTool to C:\Users\pawwa\Desktop\Tools\ViVeTool-v0.3.2, then you would execute the following command:

cd "C:\Users\pawwa\Desktop\Tools\ViVeTool-v0.3.2"
vivetool cd command

7. After changing the directory, execute the following command in the same Command Prompt window:

vivetool /enable /id:42922989

This command will enable the new change color option on your Windows 11 system.

In order to disable the feature, simply replace enable with disable and execute it. The disabling command will look like this:

vivetool /disable /id:42922989

8. Finally, close everything and restart your Windows 11 PC.

restart windows 11

With this feature, you can change the color of the search box on your taskbar and from the start menu. It’s not that big of a feature but it’s still a nice addition, especially if you want to fit it into your desktop wallpaper’s aesthetics.

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Bhanu Pratap

Hi! I am Bhanu Pratap, co-founder of Yorker Media Group. A die-heart fan of tech and keeps track of every little happening of the same. When not writing, I usually keep myself busy on YouTube making and exploring new and awesome tech content.

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