How to Stop Users from changing Color and Appearance in Windows 11 or 10?

Windows 11 and 10 PCs let you customize the experience by changing the system color scheme and showing accent colors in Start, taskbar, title bars, borders, etc. Although it’s a valuable feature, you might want to stop users from changing the Colors settings. For example, you are working on a company that wants to maintain the same look and feel across all devices. Or, you share your personal computer with other people, and you prefer to set a particular color and set restrictions so that no one can change it.

Whatever the reason may be, Windows 11 and 10 allow you to prevent users from changing the color appearance of the desktop. You can either use Group Policy or Registry Editor. Both will serve the same purpose.

In this gearupwindows article, we will guide you on disabling the Colors settings to prevent users from changing colors and transparency settings on your device.

How to Stop Users from Changing Color and Appearance in Windows 11 using Registry Editor?

If group policy is not a part of your operating system, you can use this method to stop or prevent users from changing color and appearance in Windows 11. To do so, use these steps:-

Step 1. Open Registry Editor.

Step 2. When Registry Editor opens, navigate to the following key in the left side navigation pane:-

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies

Step 3. Now, right-click on the Policies key and select New > Key.

Step 4. Name the newly created key as System.

Step 5. Now, right-click on the System key and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Step 6. Name the newly created REG_DWORD as NoDispAppearancePage.

Step 7. Next, double-click on the NoDispAppearancePage REG_DWORD and set its “Value data” to 1.

Step 8. Click OK.

Step 9. At last, reboot your computer to apply the changes.

Once you complete the above steps, other users on your computer won’t be able to change Color and Appearance in Windows 11 or 10.

How to Stop Users from Changing Color and Appearance in Windows 11 or 10 through Group Policy?

If your Windows 11 or 10 machine supports Group Policy, use these steps to prevent users from changing color and appearance:-

Step 1. Launch Local Group Policy.

Step 2. Then, browse to the following path in the left side navigation pane:-

User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization

Step 3. On the right-hand side of the Personalization folder, double-click on the policy name “Prevent changing color and appearance.”

Step 4. Select Enabled.

Step 5. Click Apply.

Step 6. Click OK.

Step 7. Finally, restart your computer to apply the changes.

Once you complete the above steps, other users on your Windows 11 or 10 computer won’t be able to change Color and Appearance.

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