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NT's COLOR command

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 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.


"COLOR fc"

produces light red on bright white



When you try to set the foreground and background colors to the same value, COLOR will terminate with a return code (errrlevel) of 1.
This can be used to make a script set an errorlevel.

page last modified: 2011-11-18