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Console.BackgroundColor Property

Gets or sets the background color of the console.

Namespace:  System
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

static member BackgroundColor : ConsoleColor with get, set

Property Value

Type: System.ConsoleColor
A value that specifies the background color of the console; that is, the color that appears behind each character. The default is black.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentException

The color specified in a set operation is not a valid member of System.ConsoleColor.

SecurityException

The user does not have permission to perform this action.

IOException

An I/O error occurred.

A change to the BackgroundColor property affects only output that is written to individual character cells after the background color is changed. To change the background color of the console window as a whole, set the BackgroundColor property and call the Clear method. The following example provides an illustration.

No code example is currently available or this language may not be supported.

A get operation for a Windows-based application, in which a console does not exist, returns ConsoleColor.Black.

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.

No code example is currently available or this language may not be supported.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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