Windows Command Prompt Change the Font and Colors: Quick Customization Guide

The Windows Command Prompt has been an essential tool for users and administrators to perform a variety of tasks. From batch scripting to system troubleshooting, it’s a powerhouse for those comfortable with its environment. We know how the black and white text interface may not be the most appealing visual experience. So, it’s exciting that we can customize the Command Prompt, infusing it with color and contrast suited to our style preferences.

The Windows command prompt window displays a new font and color scheme

Customizing the appearance of the Command Prompt not only adds a personal touch but can also improve readability by using contrasting colors for different elements of the interface. We’ve found that adjusting font and background colors can reduce eye strain during prolonged periods of use. Here’s how we’ve navigated the process to change font and color settings to match our needs.

To get started with customization, we right-click on the title bar of the Command Prompt window and select ‘Properties’. Then, we navigate to the ‘Font’ tab to choose the desired font style and size. For color adjustments, the ‘Colors’ tab offers options to tweak text and background colors, allowing us to set the tone of our Command Prompt environment.

These changes are not just cosmetic; our experience shows that personalizing these aspects can make the tool feel more accessible and comfortable to use. Making these tweaks is straightforward, and the impact on our daily tasks has been positive, as we spend a lot of time using the Command Prompt throughout our workday.

Basic Customization of Command Prompt

In this section, we’ll guide you through the steps to access Command Prompt properties and personalize its appearance, including font size, window size, and color schemes.

The command prompt window displays options to customize font and colors

Accessing Command Prompt Properties

To change settings in Command Prompt, start by accessing the properties. Press the Windows key, type “cmd,” then right-click the Command Prompt and select “Run as administrator.” Alternatively, after opening Command Prompt, right-click the top bar and choose “Properties.”

Changing Font and Font Size

The Font tab in the Properties window allows us to customize the text style. Choose from various fonts that support different characters and symbols. Adjust the font size according to your preference for better readability, though be aware that larger text impacts the amount of information displayed.

Altering the Command Prompt Window Size

Under the Layout tab, we can modify the window size to accommodate more text. This doesn’t affect the font size but determines how much content is visible. It’s particularly useful when working with extensive outputs or code.

Modifying Text and Background Colors

Color HEX Code
Black 0
White 7
Bright White F

To personalize the Command Prompt’s colors, navigate to the Colors tab. Here, we can change the text and background to various shades. The default white-on-black can be altered to any preferred color combination, improving the visual comfort and making our work environment feel more personalized.

Advanced Customization and Color Schemes

Diving into the Command Prompt on Windows 10 opens up a world of personalization options, particularly when it comes to color schemes. Our aim is to not just tweak the aesthetics but also to make our terminal workspaces clear and comfortable for long coding sessions.

Creating Custom Color Schemes

Defining Your Own Color Palette:

In the Command Prompt properties, you’ll find a tab labeled ‘Colors’, where we can play with the palette to suit our preference. Customization here is precise; we can define both text and background colors by entering specific RGB values. This means we have the ability to create a completely unique color scheme, fine-tuned to the exact foreground and background colors that please our eyes or feel ergonomic.

Using Command Line Color Commands

Color Command Infrastructure:

The color command in Windows 10 Command Prompt offers a quick change of both background and foreground colors. Here, color schemes are handled using hexadecimal codes, with the first character impacting the background and the second the text. For instance, entering ‘color 0A’ would give us a black background with light green text. These changes are temporary, perfect for distinguishing among various instances of Command Prompt for different tasks.

Applying Third-Party Tools and Resources

Third-Party Tool Features Resource Availability
ColorTool Applies color schemes from iTerm2 Windows Central, Forums
ConEmu Advanced terminal with multiple features Guides on Customization

When built-in functionalities aren’t enough, we look for third-party tools. Windows Central or various forums can suggest resources like ‘ColorTool’ which can apply preset or custom color schemes to our Command Prompt. Another recommended solution is ‘ConEmu’, a terminal replacement that offers deeper customization features. These tools often come with their own sets of documentation and guides, letting us delve deeper into the advanced personalization beyond what native Windows 10 resources provide.

Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting

In this section, we’ll guide you through some handy tricks for more efficient use of the Command Prompt and provide solutions to common issues you may encounter while trying to personalize the terminal’s appearance.

Shortcut Tricks for Efficient Use

When working with the Command Prompt, knowing shortcuts can save us time. Opening the terminal can be done quickly by pressing the Windows key and typing “cmd” before hitting Enter. If you’re looking to customize the font and colors, simply right-click the title bar and select Properties. Want to make the text bold for better readability? Tick the checkbox labeled Bold fonts.
Here’s a quick reference for Command Prompt shortcuts:

  • ALT + ENTER: Toggle fullscreen
  • CTRL + C: Copy selected text
  • CTRL + V: Paste copied text
  • CTRL + M: Enter ‘Mark’ mode to select text
  • CTRL + Mouse Scroll: Zoom in/out on text

Resetting to Default Settings and Solutions to Common Issues

If you encounter issues or just want to start over, you can reset the Command Prompt to its default settings. In the Command Prompt window, right-click the title bar, select Defaults, and then click OK on the popup to confirm. Sometimes, when changes don’t take effect, a relaunch of the terminal is necessary. Close the Command Prompt and reopen it from the Start Menu or the taskbar shortcut for the changes to appear. Personalized settings such as a light aqua color for popup text or a different color for the popup background can sometimes revert to default. Keeping track of your personalization settings is helpful. Remember, to apply color changes, make sure to navigate to the Colors tab in the properties.

Exploring Command Prompt Alternatives

When looking to enhance our command-line interface experience on Windows, we consider several options beyond the traditional Command Prompt. Each alternative comes with its set of unique features, aesthetics, and customization opportunities to fit various needs and preferences, from aesthetic changes like theme colors to functional improvements for handling complex tasks.


Powershell extends beyond a simple command-line shell; it’s a powerful scripting environment designed for task automation. Powershell sports a blue background by default, a refreshing change from the standard black Command Prompt. Users can write powerful scripts using cmdlets, which are .NET framework classes in string form.

Windows Terminal

Windows Terminal is an open-source project hosted on GitHub and is the modern, more capable replacement for Command Prompt. We find features such as multiple tabs, Unicode and UTF-8 character support, a GPU accelerated text rendering engine, and the ability to customize text, colors, and shortcuts. The color schemes and themes range from dark to light modes, with an array of colors including red, green, blue, yellow, and aqua to make our terminal not only more functional but visually pleasing.

Third-Party Terminals on Windows

Terminal Name Customization Level Key Features
ConEmu High Tabbed interface, Customizable hotkeys
Cmder Medium Built-in Git, Monokai color scheme
PuTTY Low Remote access for SSH, Telnet, and Serial ports

Exploring third-party terminals opens up a world of possibilities for customization and enhanced functionality. With terminals like ConEmu and Cmder, we dive into a diverse array of features including tabbed interfaces, integrated version control systems, and substantial theming options embodying various color schemes. Some, such as PuTTY, focus more on remote system access, proving that third-party options can cater to a broad spectrum of specialized needs, whether for development, system administration, or everyday tasks.

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