Reset Windows XP's Default Desktop Color

Saturday, July 22, 2006
By: Matthew Doucette

How to reset Windows XP to its default color (a shade of blue shown below):


Reset Windows XP to its Default Desktop Color:

Follow these steps:

Right click the desktop, bring up the deskop menu:

(Your menu may appear slightly different.)


Click "Properties" and bring up "Display Properties" dialog:


Click the "Deskop" tab and bring up the "Desktop" window:


In the "Background" section, choose "(None)".


Click the "Appearance" tab and bring up the "Appearance" window:


In the "Windows and buttons" section, click the down arrow and then choose the "Windows XP Style"
(ignoring if "Windows XP Style" is already selected, as is shown in these screenshots):


Press "Apply" then press "OK", and you are done!


Here's the finished result:


Windows XP's Default Desktop Color RGB/HEX:

This color is RGB is 0, 78, 152 (red, green, and blue).

This color in HEX is #004E98 (red, green, and blue).


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