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### #1SnAkE  Members

Posted 07 January 2005 - 10:55 PM

Hi there, I am just writing a few small C programs for my university in C and asked myself if it was possible to color the text I am printing to the screen?! I tried the known escape-sequences of printf, but the do not have any effect... So do you know if it ist possible? Thanx, snAKe

### #2SumDude  Members

Posted 07 January 2005 - 11:14 PM

http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/en-us/dllproc/base/consoles.asp

You need to make a handle to the console and then use that to change the color

 void main(){        HANDLE console;        //Make a new handle to the output handle	console = GetStdHandle(STD_OUTPUT_HANDLE);               //Set the text attributes	SetConsoleTextAttribute(console, FOREGROUND_GREEN);         //output info	cout << "Hey" << endl;	//Free the console handle        FreeConsole();		return 0;}

### #3Zipster  Members

Posted 07 January 2005 - 11:19 PM

That would work, except for the fact that he said he's using C (so cout wouldn't fly) and we don't know if he can access the Windows API, or if he's even developing these programs under Windows.

As far as I know, the escape sequences only work when ANSI.SYS is loaded. In the old days this was as easy as adding it to config.sys, but nowadays you'd probably have to go spelunking through 'msconfig' to change things. I don't know how to load device drivers under Linux [sad]

The other traditional methods for working with the display in C were using BIOS interrupts and DMA. However you won't get too far calling interrupts, and it's unlikely you'll get direct access to the console buffer memory. So I'd say to stick with the escape sequences and see how they work for you.

EDIT: And it looks like I win the post race [grin]

### #4Oluseyi  Members

Posted 07 January 2005 - 11:19 PM

### #5Oluseyi  Members

Posted 07 January 2005 - 11:20 PM

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 Original post by Zipster...we don't know if he can access the Windows API, or if he's even developing these programs under Windows.
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### #6Zipster  Members

Posted 07 January 2005 - 11:22 PM

Oh. Well I guess it sometimes pays to pay attention to the original subject line when you reply [smile] But I'm still faster... and the escape sequences are more portible so mweh!