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I installed the Emacs Prelude as suggested in . I find the background-color grey of the Zenburn theme to be disturbing. I wish to change the background-color to black. I tried (set-background-color "black") ,but it is not working. The background-color still remains grey. Can someone help on how to fix this ?

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You can also dissable the zenburn theme:

M-x disable-theme

More info here: How to disable EMACS - Prelude colors? (terminal)

And here:

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