How to Change Colors on the Command Line

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The Windows command prompt is one of the more useful tools available in the Windows operating system. With a huge number of command line utilities available, you can modify and execute nearly every aspect of the operating system directly from the prompt. While the standard color theme for the command prompt is black and white, you can actually change these colors to whatever you desire. The color options are located in the Command Prompt Properties menu.

  • Click "Start." Type "Command" in the search box, and press "Enter" to open your command prompt.

  • Right-click the top of the window, and click "Properties." This opens a Command Prompt Properties window on your screen to allow you to change the settings for the current session. To make permanent color changes, right-click the top of the window and click "Defaults."

  • Click the "Colors" tab. You can change the color on four main elements. These are located on the top, and each has a radio button next to it. The available options are "Screen Text," "Screen Background," "Popup Text" and "Popup Background."

  • Click the radio button next to an element you want to change, and then click on a color square from the color bar to choose the color you want to use for that element. Continue this process for each of the four elements, and then click the "OK" button at the bottom.

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