How To Change Command Prompt Background Color In Windows 10

Earlier this week, we showed you how to make the Command Prompt transparent in Windows 10. A PC user who read the guide asked if it’s possible to change the background color of Command Prompt as well.

Everyone knows that the default background color of Command Prompt is, well, black. We are used to the black color of the Command Prompt so much so that the Command Prompt doesn’t look as good as the default one with a background color other than black.


If you’re bored with the default black color of the Command Prompt, you can change the background color of Command Prompt to a color of your choice.


And the good thing is that you don’t need to use a third-party tool to change the background color of Command Prompt. Like previous versions of Windows, Windows 10 also provides an option to change the default background color of Command Prompt.

Change Command Prompt color

Here is how to change the Command Prompt background color in Windows 10.

Step 1: Open Command Prompt either by typing CMD in Start menu search box or Run command box. Alternatively, you can also type CMD in the address bar of File Explorer (Windows Explorer) followed by Enter key.


Step 2: Once the Command Prompt is opened, right-click on the title bar (the top bar as shown in the picture below), and then click Properties. This action will open Command Prompt properties.


Step 3: Click on the Colors tab to switch to that tab.

Step 4: Select Screen Background radio button, and then select one of the colors provided in the box just below it. If you want to set a different color other than provided colors, you need to manually enter values in Red, Green, and Blue boxes. If you’re not sure, search the web for RGB color codes to get exact value for a specific color and then enter them in Red, Green, and Blue fields.


As you can see in the picture below, the live preview of the selected color will appear under Selected Screen Colors section. So you don’t need to apply the color to see the new color on Command Prompt background.


To apply and save the selected color as Command Prompt background color, click OK button.

After changing the background color, you might need to change the text color as well to make it easier to read texts on the Command Prompt. To do so, select Screen Text radio button (under Colors tab) and then select a color.