ConsoleColor Enumeration
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ConsoleColor Enumeration

 

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

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

<SerializableAttribute>
Public Enumeration ConsoleColor

Member nameDescription
Black

The color black.

Blue

The color blue.

Cyan

The color cyan (blue-green).

DarkBlue

The color dark blue.

DarkCyan

The color dark cyan (dark blue-green).

DarkGray

The color dark gray.

DarkGreen

The color dark green.

DarkMagenta

The color dark magenta (dark purplish-red).

DarkRed

The color dark red.

DarkYellow

The color dark yellow (ochre).

Gray

The color gray.

Green

The color green.

Magenta

The color magenta (purplish-red).

Red

The color red.

White

The color white.

Yellow

The color yellow.

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.

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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