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I can change it for one session, but it always reverts back to white on black. How can I change it permanently?

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Do you mean Windows? Change screen text and screen backgrounds

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That depends on our OS.

In windows 7:

  • Start a cmd.exe
  • Right click on the title bar
  • select either defaults or properties.
  • Next select the tab [Colors], change to the desired colour and press [OK]

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if you are not on windows 7 you will need to do the same with 'defaults'.
(It is a known bug on windows 7 that setting it for the current session also sets it as the default).

Screenshot of a new cmd.exe after changing the setting and closing the old shell:

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I believe that got it Hennes, I chost default instead of properties and tried it in two different directories and it opened with my changed colors so hopefully it works now. Sorry I forgot to say that it was Win7 – user1675122 Apr 12 '13 at 20:54

You can use the color command. Detailed the use of the method is: sets the default console foreground and background colors. - the first as the background, the second is prospect. One of each number can be any of the following values: 0 = 8 = 1 = 9 blue grey black = 2 = A = green light green light blue B = 3 = light green bright light green 4 = red C = 5 D = = purple lilac pink 6 E = = yellow light yellow 7 F = = white bright white, for example: "COLOR fc" produce bright red in bright white

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The result of color doesn't persist across command prompt sessions. – Karan Apr 12 '13 at 12:53

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