Windows 10 Mail App Background Color or Image – How to Change?

Windows 10’s Mail app comes with some stock images and preset solid colors from which you can choose one for the background. However, if you want to set a custom background color, such as plain white, you can do so by creating an image file using Paint.

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mail app background color or image

Setting Mail App Background Image or Color

Open Windows 10 Mail app, and click Settings – gear icon in the bottom left.

Click Personalization. The Personalization panel has 10 predefined color choices, and also allows you to set the current Windows Accent color as the Mail app background.

To set a white background, open Paint and create a tiny image file and save it (“white.jpg”) and close Paint.

Switch to the Mail app, click Browse in the Personalization window and select the image file you created.

This changes the Mail app background to plain white.

Removing the Custom Image from Personalization panel

The Mail app converts the custom image file to .jpg if the origin file format is different, and copies it to the following location.


The converted file is named “bg.jpg”. To clear the custom image thumbnail from the Personalization panel in Mail app, browse the above path using File Explorer and simply delete this file.

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Ramesh Srinivasan is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a consecutive ten-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in the Windows Shell/Desktop Experience category, from 2003 to 2012. He loves to troubleshoot and write about Windows. Ramesh founded in 2005.

2 thoughts on “Windows 10 Mail App Background Color or Image – How to Change?”

  1. how do we get Microsoft to hear us and allow personalization of windows tabs? I HATE light or dark. BORING! Google at least wins hands down!


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