How to Change the Toolbar Color in Internet Explorer 8

By Nina Rotz

The Windows web browser Internet Explorer 8 comes with toolbars and quick access tabs, most of which can be customized. The main toolbar, which is also the Menu bar, can take on the color of your choice. Colors do not have to be changed for IE to work and will always come with default settings. You can, however, make any changes if you wish for your IE to be a reflection of your personality. To customize Internet Explorer colors you will need to go through Windows’ control panel and appearance options.

Step 1

Click on the "Start" icon and choose "Control Panel."

Step 2

Click on the "Control Panel Home" text link, which will launch a new window.

Step 3

Click on the "Customize colors" link located under the Appearance and Personalization option.

Step 4

Select a theme to use for all opened windows, including Internet Explorer. Click on the theme of your choice.

Step 5

Click on the "Advanced" button to edit colors.

Step 6

Click on the "Item" drop-down list. Color choices will appear each time you select an item to customize.

Step 7

Click on the "Active Window Border" and click on the "Color 1" drop down menu.

Step 8

Choose a basic Windows color from the swatches menu. Click on "Other" to customize the color choice.

Step 9

Select the "Menu" item from the drop down list. Click on "Color 1" to choose the new toolbar color. Use "Other" to choose a custom color.

Step 10

Move the black arrow on the right side to select the color darkness. Move the swatch icon around the color display to pick a color.

Step 11

Click on "OK" once the new toolbar color has been chosen. This will close the color swatch window.

Step 12

Click on "OK" to exit the theme picker window.

Step 13

Click on "Apply" to confirm the new toolbar color and close the window.

Step 14

Open up a new Internet Explorer web browser window to see your new toolbar color.