How to Change the Command Prompt Colors in Windows

Dave LeClair 18-01-2016

The command prompt 7 Quick Tips to Improve the Windows Command Prompt You should learn more about the Command Prompt. It's a more valuable resource than most people realize. These tips will improve your command line experience, even if you're a seasoned user. Read More is black. It’s always black, and it’ll always be black. Right? Nope.


That’s what I thought for the longest time, but as it turns out, you can actually change the color of the background and text to anything that suits your tastes. You want pink and green? No problem. Blue and red. Yup. Orange and.. well, you get the idea. Here’s how it’s done.

First, you’ll need to launch the command prompt Command Prompt vs. Windows PowerShell: What's the Difference? Windows users can get by without using either the Command Prompt or PowerShell. But with Windows 10 and new features around the corner, maybe it's about time we learned. Read More . Type cmd into the Search box, and click on it. Next, right click the title bar and click Properties.

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Now, click the tab labeled Colors. On the top-left of the screen you’ll see the different color settings you can change. The one we want is selected by default and labeled Screen Background. You can pick from the colors in the list, or look up the RGB code for any color not listed there.

Now, you’ll want to change to Screen Text, and pick a new color for that as well. With this small tweak, you’ll have the funkiest looking command prompt on the block!


What colors did you make your command prompt, or are you happy with black? Share in the comments!

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  1. Anonymous
    January 20, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Being a "crafter" I love to create pretty things. I use my computer for graphics and design so this color change was such fun. I chose a blend of green/blue in two different values and it looks great. Oh my, I have too much time on my hands!

  2. Jim
    January 18, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    Can we get a link to a larger article photo so I can use it as a desktop background?

  3. Gordon Hay
    January 18, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    If you open the command prompt as administrator (Winkey+X then A) and select "defaults" instead of "properties" to make changes, they will apply across all instances rather than just the current user account.

  4. Anonymous
    January 18, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    I've changed the color simply because I can...**chuckle**...thanks for the info.