Win7: setting console colors from program

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous - 2010-01-04


    I developed a small augmentation to 'dir' which colors the filenames according to their type. Within Console2 on WinXP all is running smoothly, but when I run it on Win7 x64 no colors are shown. Using pure cmd.exe on Win7 works fine, though.

    Is there some option I'm missing?


  • Derell Licht

    Derell Licht - 2010-01-05

    I would predict that you'll probably need to tell us something about how you're doing your dir modification, before anyone can discuss this issue.  Console2 *does* handle colors a little differently than cmd.exe does, but no specific details can be discussed until we know what you are trying to do…

  • Kirill

    Kirill - 2010-01-05


    and another interesting bits are:

    - your console.xml (just in case you did something to color mapping)
    - does the hidden console window (View -> Console Window) show correct colors?
    - if possible, your little utility (unless you can provide reasonably detailed explanation, requested by Derell)


  • Anonymous

    Anonymous - 2010-01-08

    Hi Derell, Hi Kirill,

    my utility is a .Net console application written in C#. What I'm doing, is running 'dir' as a hidden process, take the output, parse it and use Console.ForegroundColor() to change colors for different file types on the visible cmd-window. I'm scanning and displaying Alternate Data Streams as well (using API functions), but the coloring is handled in the same way.

    The colors are visible in Consoles hidden cmd-window (as they are on stand-alone cmd-windows).

    My console.xml is appended at the end of this posting.

    Thanks for your replies.


    <?xml version="1.0"?>
    <console change_refresh="10" refresh="100" rows="35" columns="80" buffer_rows="500" buffer_columns="0" shell="" init_dir="" start_hidden="0" save_size="0">
    <color id="0" r="0" g="0" b="0"/>
    <color id="1" r="0" g="0" b="128"/>
    <color id="2" r="0" g="150" b="0"/>
    <color id="3" r="0" g="150" b="150"/>
    <color id="4" r="170" g="25" b="25"/>
    <color id="5" r="128" g="0" b="128"/>
    <color id="6" r="128" g="128" b="0"/>
    <color id="7" r="192" g="192" b="192"/>
    <color id="8" r="128" g="128" b="128"/>
    <color id="9" r="0" g="100" b="255"/>
    <color id="10" r="0" g="255" b="0"/>
    <color id="11" r="0" g="255" b="255"/>
    <color id="12" r="255" g="50" b="50"/>
    <color id="13" r="255" g="0" b="255"/>
    <color id="14" r="255" g="255" b="0"/>
    <color id="15" r="255" g="255" b="255"/>
    <font name="Consolas" size="11" bold="0" italic="0" smoothing="0">
    <color use="1" r="0" g="0" b="0"/>
    <window title="Console" icon="" use_tab_icon="1" use_console_title="0" show_cmd="1" show_cmd_tabs="1" use_tab_title="1" trim_tab_titles="20"/>
    <controls show_menu="1" show_toolbar="1" show_statusbar="1" show_tabs="1" hide_single_tab="1" show_scrollbars="1"/>
    <styles caption="1" resizable="1" taskbar_button="1" border="1" inside_border="2" tray_icon="1">
    <selection_color r="255" g="255" b="255"/>
    <position x="-1" y="-1" dock="3" snap="0" z_order="0" save_position="1"/>
    <transparency type="0" active_alpha="124" inactive_alpha="255" r="0" g="0" b="0"/>
    <copy_paste copy_on_select="1" clear_on_copy="1" no_wrap="1" trim_spaces="1" copy_newline_char="0"/>
    <scroll page_scroll_rows="0"/>
    <tab_highlight flashes="3" stay_highligted="1"/>
    <hotkeys use_scroll_lock="1">
    <hotkey ctrl="1" shift="0" alt="0" extended="0" code="83" command="settings"/>
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    <hotkey ctrl="1" shift="0" alt="0" extended="0" code="87" command="closetab"/>
    <hotkey ctrl="1" shift="0" alt="0" extended="0" code="82" command="renametab"/>
    <hotkey ctrl="1" shift="0" alt="0" extended="1" code="45" command="copy"/>
    <hotkey ctrl="1" shift="0" alt="0" extended="1" code="46" command="clear_selection"/>
    <hotkey ctrl="0" shift="1" alt="0" extended="1" code="45" command="paste"/>
    <hotkey ctrl="0" shift="0" alt="0" extended="0" code="0" command="stopscroll"/>
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    <hotkey ctrl="0" shift="0" alt="0" extended="0" code="0" command="activate"/>
    <action ctrl="0" shift="1" alt="0" button="1" name="copy"/>
    <action ctrl="0" shift="0" alt="0" button="1" name="select"/>
    <action ctrl="0" shift="0" alt="0" button="3" name="paste"/>
    <action ctrl="1" shift="0" alt="0" button="1" name="drag"/>
    <action ctrl="0" shift="0" alt="0" button="2" name="menu"/>
    <tab title="Console2">
    <console shell="" init_dir=""/>
    <cursor style="0" r="255" g="255" b="255"/>
    <background type="0" r="235" g="235" b="235">
    <image file="" relative="0" extend="0" position="0">
    <tint opacity="0" r="0" g="0" b="0"/>

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous - 2010-01-08

    found out that

    findstr /a:0c xml *

    won't show colors, neither - so I dug into my configuration. I was using a custom font color. When I removed it, colors worked. So instead of a dedicated font color now I'm using a color mapping to change the fonts apearance.

    With this setting colors work smoothly in console2.

    Thanks again for your time!



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