ConsoleColor ConsoleColor ConsoleColor ConsoleColor Enum

Definition

Specifies constants that define foreground and background colors for the console.

public enum class ConsoleColor
[Serializable]
public enum ConsoleColor
type ConsoleColor = 
Public Enum ConsoleColor
Inheritance
Attributes
SerializableAttribute

Fields

Black Black Black Black 0

The color black.

Blue Blue Blue Blue 9

The color blue.

Cyan Cyan Cyan Cyan 11

The color cyan (blue-green).

DarkBlue DarkBlue DarkBlue DarkBlue 1

The color dark blue.

DarkCyan DarkCyan DarkCyan DarkCyan 3

The color dark cyan (dark blue-green).

DarkGray DarkGray DarkGray DarkGray 8

The color dark gray.

DarkGreen DarkGreen DarkGreen DarkGreen 2

The color dark green.

DarkMagenta DarkMagenta DarkMagenta DarkMagenta 5

The color dark magenta (dark purplish-red).

DarkRed DarkRed DarkRed DarkRed 4

The color dark red.

DarkYellow DarkYellow DarkYellow DarkYellow 6

The color dark yellow (ochre).

Gray Gray Gray Gray 7

The color gray.

Green Green Green Green 10

The color green.

Magenta Magenta Magenta Magenta 13

The color magenta (purplish-red).

Red Red Red Red 12

The color red.

White White White White 15

The color white.

Yellow Yellow Yellow Yellow 14

The color yellow.

Examples

The following example saves the values of the ConsoleColor enumeration to an array and stores the current values of the BackgroundColor and ForegroundColor properties to variables. It then changes the foreground color to each color in the ConsoleColor enumeration except to the color that matches the current background, and it changes the background color to each color in the ConsoleColor enumeration except to the color that matches the current foreground. (If the foreground color is the same as the background color, the text isn't visible.) Finally, it calls the ResetColor method to restore the original console colors.

using System;

class Example
{
   public static void Main() 
   {
      // Get an array with the values of ConsoleColor enumeration members.
      ConsoleColor[] colors = (ConsoleColor[]) ConsoleColor.GetValues(typeof(ConsoleColor));
      // Save the current background and foreground colors.
      ConsoleColor currentBackground = Console.BackgroundColor;
      ConsoleColor currentForeground = Console.ForegroundColor;

      // Display all foreground colors except the one that matches the background.
      Console.WriteLine("All the foreground colors except {0}, the background color:",
                        currentBackground);
      foreach (var color in colors) {
         if (color == currentBackground) continue;
         
         Console.ForegroundColor = color;
         Console.WriteLine("   The foreground color is {0}.", color);
      }
      Console.WriteLine();
      // Restore the foreground color.
      Console.ForegroundColor = currentForeground;
      
      // Display each background color except the one that matches the current foreground color.
      Console.WriteLine("All the background colors except {0}, the foreground color:",
                        currentForeground);
      foreach (var color in colors) {
         if (color == currentForeground) continue;
         
         Console.BackgroundColor = color;
         Console.WriteLine("   The background color is {0}.", color);
      }
      
      // Restore the original console colors.
      Console.ResetColor();
      Console.WriteLine("\nOriginal colors restored...");
   }
}
//The example displays output like the following:
//    All the foreground colors except DarkCyan, the background color:
//       The foreground color is Black.
//       The foreground color is DarkBlue.
//       The foreground color is DarkGreen.
//       The foreground color is DarkRed.
//       The foreground color is DarkMagenta.
//       The foreground color is DarkYellow.
//       The foreground color is Gray.
//       The foreground color is DarkGray.
//       The foreground color is Blue.
//       The foreground color is Green.
//       The foreground color is Cyan.
//       The foreground color is Red.
//       The foreground color is Magenta.
//       The foreground color is Yellow.
//       The foreground color is White.
//    
//    All the background colors except White, the foreground color:
//       The background color is Black.
//       The background color is DarkBlue.
//       The background color is DarkGreen.
//       The background color is DarkCyan.
//       The background color is DarkRed.
//       The background color is DarkMagenta.
//       The background color is DarkYellow.
//       The background color is Gray.
//       The background color is DarkGray.
//       The background color is Blue.
//       The background color is Green.
//       The background color is Cyan.
//       The background color is Red.
//       The background color is Magenta.
//       The background color is Yellow.
//    
//    Original colors restored...
Public Module Example
   Public Sub Main()
      ' Get an array with the values of ConsoleColor enumeration members.
      Dim colors() As ConsoleColor = ConsoleColor.GetValues(GetType(ConsoleColor))
      ' Save the current background and foreground colors.
      Dim currentBackground As ConsoleColor = Console.BackgroundColor
      Dim currentForeground As ConsoleColor = Console.ForegroundColor
      
      ' Display all foreground colors except the one that matches the background.
      Console.WriteLine("All the foreground colors except {0}, the background color:",
                        currentBackground)
      For Each color In colors
         If color = currentBackground Then Continue For
          
         Console.ForegroundColor = color
         Console.WriteLine("   The foreground color is {0}.", color)
      Next 
      Console.WriteLine()
      
      ' Restore the foreground color.
      Console.ForegroundColor = currentForeground
      
      ' Display each background color except the one that matches the current foreground color.
      Console.WriteLine("All the background colors except {0}, the foreground color:",
                        currentForeground)
      For Each color In colors
         If color = currentForeground  then Continue For
         Console.BackgroundColor = color
         Console.WriteLine("   The background color is {0}.", color)
      Next
      ' Restore the original console colors.
      Console.ResetColor
      Console.WriteLine()
      Console.WriteLine("Original colors restored...")
   End Sub
End Module
'The example displays output like the following:
'       The background color is DarkCyan.
'       The background color is DarkRed.
'       The background color is DarkMagenta.
'       The background color is DarkYellow.
'       The background color is Gray.
'       The background color is DarkGray.
'       The background color is Blue.
'       The background color is Green.
'       The background color is Cyan.
'       The background color is Red.
'       The background color is Magenta.
'       The background color is Yellow.
'    
'    Original colors restored...

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