Command line interfaces can be downright boring and always seem to miss out on the fresh coats of paint liberally applied to the rest of Windows.  Here’s how to add a splash of color to Command Prompt and make it unique.

By default, Windows Command Prompt is white text on a black background. It gets the job done, but maybe you want to add some color to it.

To get an overview of what we can do with the color command, let’s enter:

color /?

To get the color you want, enter color, then the option for the background color followed by the font color.  For example, let’s make an old-fashioned green on black look by entering:

color 02

There are a bunch of different combinations you can do, like this black background with red text.

color 04

You can’t mess it up too much.  The color command won’t let you set both the font and the background to the same color, which would make it unreadable.  Also, if you want to get back to the default settings, just enter:


Now we’re back to plain-old black and white.

Personalize Command Prompt Without Commands

If you’d prefer to change the color without entering commands, just click on the Command Prompt icon in the top left corner of the window and select Properties.

Select the Colors tab, and then choose the color you want for the screen text and background.  You can also enter your own RGB color combination if you want.

Here we entered the RGB values to get a purple background color like Ubuntu 10.04.

Back in the Properties dialog, you can also change your Command Prompt font from the font tab.  Choose any font you want as long as the one you want is one of the three listed here.

Customizations you make via the Properties dialog are saved and will be used any time you open Command Prompt, but any customizations you make with the Color command are only for that session.


Whether you want to make your command prompt bright enough to cause a sunburn or old-style enough to scare a mainframe operator, with these settings, you can make Command Prompt a bit more unique.

Matthew Guay
Matthew Guay is a veteran app reviewer and technology tip writer. His work has appeared on Zapier's blog, AppStorm, Envato Tuts+, and his own blog, Techinch.
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