A question regarding command prompt's look

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    A question regarding command prompt's look

    I know already that you can change cmd's background and font color by doing:

    Code:
    #include <iostream>
    #include <windows.h>
    
    using namespace std;
    
    int main()
    {
            system("color 17");
            cout<<"This prints me gray on a blue background.";
            cin.get();
    }
    But is it possible to instead of changing cmd's background to a different color, can you instead make it display a background picture somehow?

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    Not trivially. The colours and stuff drawn by the command prompt is controlled by a system process (it may seem like you are writing "directly" to the command prompts console window, but there is actually another process in the system that manages the drawing of the console window). You could, possibly, write a replacement system process - but it's far from an entirely trivial task.

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    Instead of dressing up a console, perhaps you should look into real graphical user interfaces that most user applications use. A console application is mostly about getting a job done, not about being eye-candy

    BTW, your code doesn't use anything from <windows.h> (there are functions to set console text attributes) but just lets an external program do the job.
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    I believe there is a good tutorial by adrianxw that addresses more complex changing of console colors and stuff like that, but I doubt you could put an actual picture in the background. If changing colors and other attributes is enough try searching google for adrianxw and you might find enough information to do what you're trying to do.

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    The console resolution is too small to put a good picture, but it can be done with functions from wincon.h.
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    Quote Originally Posted by anon View Post
    ...Perhaps you should look into real graphical user interfaces that most user applications use...
    Where could I see a tutorial that would help you make such program?

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    Learn to search, people. It gives better results than doing nothing. There are hundrends of tutorials about this on the web, use Google to learn and MSDN as a reference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hauzer View Post
    Learn to search, people. It gives better results than doing nothing. There are hundrends of tutorials about this on the web, use Google to learn and MSDN as a reference.
    Ok, I found the program here: ftp://ftp.gtk.org/pub/gtk/2.14/

    But what can't figure out is how to install it. Help?

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    err how much C++ do you know?

    If you can't even figure out how to install it, you are not ready for it (both mindset and skill-wise).

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    If u get the handle of the cmd line console you can totally do xactly wut u sed. But as it was sed b4, its not trivial.

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    Check out allegro or SDL.

    Allegro: http://alleg.sourceforge.net/

    SDL: http://www.libsdl.org/
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    Install it on a Linux System and enjoy!

    Quote Originally Posted by Helgso View Post
    Ok, I found the program here: ftp://ftp.gtk.org/pub/gtk/2.14/

    But what can't figure out is how to install it. Help?

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    Hi,


    I have asked a similar question- loading and displaying an image file. As soon as I know how to do that, I'll let you know.

    Don't be desperate!

    Quote Originally Posted by Helgso View Post
    I know already that you can change cmd's background and font color by doing:

    Code:
    #include <iostream>
    #include <windows.h>
    
    using namespace std;
    
    int main()
    {
            system("color 17");
            cout<<"This prints me gray on a blue background.";
            cin.get();
    }
    But is it possible to instead of changing cmd's background to a different color, can you instead make it display a background picture somehow?

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    What would be the picture format you are loading? Also be aware that you'll need to write your own function for decoding, formating to fit to the console and finally, displaying it by directly editing the console's buffer.
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