Sets the default console foreground and background colours.
syntax COLOR [background_attr][foreground_attr] key attr : Specifies colour attribute of console output
Colour 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, COLOR restores the colour to what it was when CMD.EXE started.
Colour values are assigned in the following order:
The DefaultColor registry value.
The CMD /T command line switch
The current colour settings when cmd was launched
The COLOR command sets ERRORLEVEL to 1 if an attempt is made to execute the COLOR command with a foreground and background colour that are the same.
"COLOR 17" is white on blue.
"COLOR 1c" is RED on blue. - use for error conditions
"COLOR 97" produces Wordperfect style white on a light blue screen.
"COLOR 9e" produces high contrast yellow on a light blue screen.
"COLOR 07" is white on black - the default.
"COLOR 00" is an invalid option and will set %ERRORLEVEL% to 1 (this fails on some early builds of NT 4 - see verify for an alternative method of raising an error)
"How much more black could this be?" and the answer is "None...none more black." - Spinal Tap
CMD - Start a new CMD shell
Equivalent Linux BASH commands:
dircolors - Colour setup for `ls'