discussing some technical aspects covering tools, frameworks, technologies etc (the areas where i m involved and getting experienced) - feel free to discuss!

Sunday, March 09, 2008

to set the color of the windows cmd prompt

Basically I  too fall in that 'customizing-freak' category to customize certain features of the OS apart from the specific applications we work on.

One among them is, to have the preferred font, foreground and background colors in the Comman Prompt and with a shortcut to the command prompt on the Quick Launch bar.

Just today when i was searching for a help command for another utility (services.msc), got to know about this favorite-and-regular routine of mine. 

Windows has a command utility named Color with an argument to set the foreground and background colors for the window being opened.

I bet no one can beat the Microsoft's help/documentation. so for  your info, just copy-pasting the information available in the help!

Command : color help

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.

My preference goes as : "Color 0a" :P

Note: It just sets the colour for the current window being opened! :)

Another Info about the 'DefaultColor' registry value: it is present in the HKEY_USERS/.DEFAULT/Software/Microsoft/CommandProcessor directory in 'regedit' (Registry Editor).

No comments:

About Me

ஏதோ பிறந்தோம், ஏதோ வாழ்ந்தோம் என்றிருப்பதல்ல வாழ்க்கை! எப்படி வாழ்ந்தோம் என்பதும் ஒரு அங்கம். வாழக் கிடைத்த வாழ்க்கையில், ஒரு சிலருக்காவது வசந்தத்தின் முகவரியை அறிமுகம் செய்தோமேயானால் அதுவே வசீகரத்தின் வனப்பைக் கூட்டும்!