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Change Console's text and window colors Apps
I can't stand black text on a white background - it was driving me nuts that the Console application's preferences did not allow selection of text color. Then I remembered Interface Builder. All you need to do is control-click on the bundle (make a backup first) and select 'View Package Contents.' In the new window that opens, you want to double click on the file -> Contents -> Resources -> English.lproj -> LogWindow.nib to open it in Interface Builder (you need the Developer Tools; search the site for interface builder and you'll see plenty of hints on how to get these).

Then select the scroll window and type command-1 to get the Property Inspector. There you can simply use the color wells to change the colors of the background and text. Save the file, restart Console, and you'll have the desired colors.

Remember to make a backup of; searching here under interface builder shows a number of other cool things you can do with IB.

[Editor's note: This will hold true for most any bundled application, of course ... and we won't be running a hint for changing colors on each and every one of them; hopefully this hint will provide the information needed to work with most any application.]
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oh sure it does!
Authored by: Anonymous on Jan 09, '03 12:34:35PM

rob: "hopefully this hint will provide the information needed to work with most any application."

Sure that does rob, now is in the metal brushed look, and i'm exploring many hidden features. You now i'm the "Format C:\" man, so no worries here of wrecking my system ;-)

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Another, simpler way in 10.2.3
Authored by: WesT on Jan 09, '03 11:40:58PM

I don't understand why this isn't under preferences, but the way I set my terminal colors was the following: start a terminal session, then select "Show Info" from the "File" menu. In the dialog box that opens up, there is a drop down menu near the top. Select Color from this. You should be able to set colors for the terminal, and click "Use Settings as Default" to set them as the default colors for all terminal windows.

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Another, simpler way in 10.2.3
Authored by: rhoge on Jun 12, '03 08:05:09AM

This hint refered to (where system messages etc. are printed) as opposed to Unlike Terminal, Console has no color preferences. The hint is also an example (echoed in other hints) of how to change otherwise unreachable defaults by editing nib files...

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Change Console's text and window colors
Authored by: mac4drew on Oct 15, '09 06:25:29PM

Hey, this doesn't seem to work anymore as the .nib files are now complied. Does anyone have another way of doing this?

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