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Change the Command Prompt Colors (Windows NT/2000/XP)

The value DefaultColor controls the foreground and background colors used in command prompt windows. It has a default value of 0, for standard white text on a black background.

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You can replace this value with a two-digit hexadecimal number, in which the first digit selects a background color and the second a foreground color. The hexadecimal codes are:

Hexadecimal value Color
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

A value of F0, for example, would give black text on a white background, and 1E would yield yellow text on a blue background.

The change should take effect the next time you open a console window.

Registry Editor Example
|NameTypeData|
|DefaultColorREG_DWORD0x00000000 (0)|
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|HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Command Processor|
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Registry Settings
User Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Command Processor]
Value Name: DefaultColor
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (0 = default)

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Last modified: September 16, 2002