MS-DOS Commands :: color


Sets the text and background colors.

Tip: The font (and color) can be changed by clicking on the icon at the top-left of the window's title bar (or right-click anywhere on the title bar). From the menu that appears, select "Properties". To change the font, select the "Font" tab and select a font. To change the color, select the "Color" tab, click on the radio button of the color property you want to change and select a color. Click OK to save changes.

help color

Sets the default console foreground and background colors.

COLOR [attr]

  attr        Specifies color attribute of console output

Color attributes are specified by TWO hex digits -- the first
corresponds to the background; the second the foreground.  Each digit
can be any of the following values:

    0 = Black       8 = Gray
    1 = Blue        9 = Light Blue
    2 = Green       A = Light Green
    3 = Aqua        B = Light Aqua
    4 = Red         C = Light Red
    5 = Purple      D = Light Purple
    6 = Yellow      E = Light Yellow
    7 = White       F = Bright White

If no argument is given, this command restores the color to what it was
when CMD.EXE started.  This value either comes from the current console
window, the /T command line switch or from the DefaultColor registry

The COLOR command sets ERRORLEVEL to 1 if an attempt is made to execute
the COLOR command with a foreground and background color that are the

Example: "COLOR fc" produces light red on bright white

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