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Monday, April 19, 2010

"color" Command

The color command enables users running Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows XP to quickly and easily change the default color of their background and/or text in their MS-DOS window. The color command is an internal command and is available in Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7. Color attributes are specified by two Hex Digits - The first corresponds to the Background (Screen) and the second the Foreground (Fonts). Each digit can be any of the below values.

Color Attributes
  • 0 - Black
  • 1 - Blue
  • 2 - Green
  • 3 - Aqua
  • 4 - Red
  • 5 - Purple 
  • 6 - Yellow
  • 7 - White
  • 8 - Gray
  • 9 - Light Blue
  • A - Light Green
  • B - Light Aqua
  • C - Light Red
  • D - Light Purple
  • E - Light Yellow
  • 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 Default Color registry value. 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 same.

Syntax: color [background attribute] [foreground attribute]
Example: color 0A

Creates a Black background with light bright green text, similar to many of the FTP, Telnet, and old BBS console screens.

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