In Windows XP, we can easily change the background color of Windows Explorer by creating and editing the file desktop.ini. We can even set up a picture as a folder background using the same technique.
There are tools available to change the Windows Explorer background color in Windows 7 and to set an image as a folder background in Windows 7 but these tools are not compatible with File Explorer recently introduced with Windows 8.
For some reason these folder background changer tools don’t work in Windows 10 and Windows 8 / 8.1. Since the release of Windows 10 users have been asking us to come up with a way to set an image as a folder background or at least change the folder background color and we decided to go up with the tutorial this.
If you’re on Windows 10, you can’t set an image as File Explorer or folder background.No software is changing the background color or background of a folder in Windows 10, at least for now. Hence, there is no point to try out the old Windows 7 compatible compatible folder change tools on Windows 10.
Is it possible to change folder background color in Windows 10?
Well, there is a way to change the File Explorer colors in Windows 10. You can use a third-party tool called QTTabBar (yes, that’s the name of the program!) To change the default color of the File Explorer.
If you can’t stare at the white background of Windows Explorer 10 File Explorer or folders, you can use the QTTabBar to change the default background color. Using the QTTabBar to change the File Explorer background color isn’t very straight forward, though. So please follow our instructions carefully.
Change the background color or background color of the File Explorer in Windows 10
Follow the instructions below to change File Explorer default colors in Windows 10.
Step 1: The first step is to download and install QTTabBar on your Windows 10 computer. Visit this page to download the QTTabBar . Run the setup file and follow the on-screen instructions to install along.
Step 2: Once installed, log out and log in or restart your computer once.
Step 3: Open File Explorer. Click the View tab, click Options , and turn on the QTTabBar and QT Command Bar . Now you will see the QT File Explorer toolbar when opening a folder or File Explorer. Don’t worry, you can turn off the toolbar after changing the background color.
Step 4: Click the settings icon in the QT toolbar in File Explorer. This will open the QTTabBar Options.
Step 5: In the left pane, click Appearance .
Step 6: Switch to the Folder View tab. Check the Base background color . Select a background color for the active and inactive window. Click the Apply button.
Step 7: Move to the tab Navigation pane . Check Back color . Select a background color for the left navigation pane, choose a text color (if you want) and then click the Apply button again.
Step 8: Click the Compatible Folder View in the left pane. On the General tab, check the Compatible list view style , check ” Selected column background color in details “, click Choose a color, and then click the Apply button.
Step 9: Open File Explorer to see the new background color. Note that if you have selected a new background color for the active window only, you need to click on a file to see the new background color. So it is a wise idea to have the same background color and windows inactive (described in Step 6).