Microsoft DOS color command
The color command enables users running Microsoft Windows to change the default color of their background or the Windows command line window.
Tip: See our page on how to change the font, layout, and color options in a command prompt window if you are looking for steps on how to change the color of the command prompt window in Windows.
The color command is an internal command and is available in the below Microsoft operating systems.
Sets the default console foreground and background colors.
|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 below 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 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.
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