The description below is from the book DOS the
Easy Way by Everett Murdock Ph.D.
for information about downloading the book.
Type: Internal (6.0 and later)
Purpose: Used in the CONFIG.SYS file to set the colors that will
by DOS to display text on the screen.
The MENUCOLOR command can only be used inside a menu block within your
CONFIG.SYS file. The colors specified will be used by DOS to display all
text. If you do not use the MENUCOLOR command, DOS will display white text on a
black background. If you want to set the background color, you must set the
foreground color first. However, you can change the foreground color
without changing the background.
The colors that you select using the MENUCOLOR command stay in effect
another command, or a program, resets them. If you run CLS, the screen
will be set back to the default of white text on a black background. If
find that the text on your screen is blinking, try setting the background
to a lower value (below 7).
textcolor - Specifies the color (0 to 15) to be used for foreground
background - Specifies the color (0 to 15) to be used for background
0_________ black_______ 8________Gray
1_________ Blue_______ 9________ Bright Blue
2_________ Green______10________Bright Green
3_________ Cyan_______11_______Bright Cyan
4_________ Red_______ 12_______ Bright Red
5_________ Magenta____13_______ Bright Magenta
6_________ Brown_____ 14_______ Yellow
7_________ White_____ 15________Bright White
For more information about the MENUCOLOR command, see Chapter 6, Tips for Advanced Users, in the downloadable book DOS the Easy Way.
To set the foreground text to blue and the background text to bright
white, enter the following line in your CONFIG.SYS file: