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A.8: Window Color Options

On a color display, you can specify which color to use for various parts of the Emacs display. To find out what colors are available on your system, look at the `/usr/lib/X11/rgb.txt' file. If you do not specify colors, the default for the background is white and the default for all other colors is black. On a monochrome display, the foreground is black, the background is white, and the border is gray if the display supports that.

Here is a list of the options for specifying colors:

`-fg color '
`--foreground-color=color '

Specify the foreground color.

`-bg color '
`--background-color=color '
Specify the background color.
`-bd color '
`--border-color=color '
Specify the color of the border of the X window.
`-cr color '
`--cursor-color=color '
Specify the color of the Emacs cursor which indicates where point is.
`-ms color '
`--mouse-color=color '
Specify the color for the mouse cursor when the mouse is in the Emacs window.
Reverse video---swap the foreground and background colors.

For example, to use a coral mouse cursor and a slate blue text cursor, enter:

emacs -ms coral -cr 'slate blue' &

You can reverse the foreground and background colors through the `-r' option or with the X resource `reverseVideo'.

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