[Tutor] Changing text colors on WinXP py2.6.2
davea at ieee.org
Tue Oct 13 17:50:56 CEST 2009
Tim Golden wrote:
> <div class="moz-text-flowed" style="font-family: -moz-fixed">Alan
> Gauld wrote:
>> "Tim Golden" <mail at timgolden.me.uk> wrote
>>> No. ANSI escapes don't work on Windows.
>> Wouldn't the ANSI codes work if ANSI.SYS were loaded?
>> I thought you could still load ANSI.SYS it just wasn't normally
>> there? The help system says you should load it in config.nt with:
>> But I admit I've never tried it - I didn't even like ANSI.SYS when I
>> was using DOS!
> (from memory). I'm fairly sure that even that
> no longer works. When this question last came
> up I think we went round that loop and discovered
> that it didn't. Happy to be wrong. :)
(Also from memory). ANSI.SYS is still available in XP, but only for 16
bit DOS apps.
So it wouldn't be useful for Python apps like the OP had. In
particular, you can load a COMMAND.COM shell with ANSI.SYS driver in
that (16bit) process.
What ought to work is a 3rd party console replacement. One example of
such a replacement (from an old established company) is "Take Command"
(formerly 4NT) from
However, it appears that they only support ANSI sequences in output from
their built-in commands, such as TYPE. See:
Other things to consider:
I make no promises as to compatibility, safety, or performance, though.
I haven't used any of these, except older versions of 4NT.
To change text colors in a standard console, you need to use the Console
API. Of course, you can change them for the entire console with the
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