Paint with mIRC
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mIRC Color Codes

About mIRC Colors

Note:- Under a 256 color display the orange color, number 7, appears light brown or even olive green instead of orange.

How To Type Colored Text

With mIRC 4.7 and over you can write colored text.
Use the Ctrl and K keys for colored text.

The image at the top shows the color codes, e.g. 0 is white...and 15 is gray.

This is how you do it

  • Press and hold down Ctrl , then press the K key , release Ctrl and K keys.
    You should see a small black box. Square Box
      If you are using
    1. mIRC 5.3 the color Index will popup showing you each colour and it's associated number so you don't have to memorize them.
    2. mIRC 5.4 the color Index will popup and if you click on a color, the code will be inserted for you. 

    You can disable the color code index from File\Options\Extras (Uncheck the third box).
    Next to the box type any number from 0 to 15, followed with your text. Then hit enter .

  • Or First type your colored text, then highlight it , and by holding down Ctrl , press the K key.
    You should see a small black box at the beginning and end of your text.
    After the First Box type your Color number, followed with your text.

Example

  • So if you type
    Ctrl-K4Hello
    You should see the following in your edit box:. Color Code
    And when you hit enter
    You will see this:. Color Text

You can also change the background color.
The background is the area where your message is seen in the channel window.

This is how to do it

  • You can do that by typing:- Ctrl-k(number),(number)
    The first number is the letter color .
    The second number is the background color . Again its a number from 0 to 15. The same as the text color codes, e.g. 0 is white...and 15 is gray.

Example

  • So if you type
    Ctrl-k1,1Hello and hit enter .
    You should see the following in your edit box:. Square
    And when you hit enter
    You will see this:. Example

    Why? Because your text color (1) is black and your background color (1) is black :-)
    Remember the number 1 is for black.

  • But if you type
    Ctrl-k0,1Hello and hit enter
    You will see this:. Example 2
    Remember the number 0 is for white and the 1 is for black.

So what are you waiting for start experimenting :)

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How To Type Reversed Text

With mIRC 4.7 and over you can write reversed text.
Use the Ctrl and R keys for reversed text.

Reverse text means your Text color will be your Background color and your Background color will be your Text color. That is the Background will be black and the Text letters white.

This is how you do it

  • Press and hold down Ctrl , then press the R key , release Ctrl and R keys.
    You should see a small black box.
    Next to the box type your text. Then hit enter .

  • Or First type your colored text, then highlight it , and by holding down Ctrl , press the R key.
    You should see a small black box at the beginning and end of your text.

Example

  • So if you type
    Ctrl-RHello
    You should see the following in your edit box:.
    And when you hit enter
    You will see this:.

See how easy it is :)

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How To Type Bold Text

With mIRC 4.7 and over you can write bold text.
Use the Ctrl and B keys for bold text.

This is how you do it

  • Press and hold down Ctrl , then press the B key , release Ctrl and B keys.
    You should see a small black box.
    Next to the box type your text. Then hit enter .

  • Or First type your colored text, then highlight it , and by holding down Ctrl , press the B key.
    You should see a small black box at the beginning and end of your text.

Example

  • So if you type
    Ctrl-BHello
    You should see the following in your edit box:.
    And when you hit enter
    You will see this:.

It can't be easier can it? :))

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How To Type Underlined Text

With mIRC 4.7 and over you can write underlined text.
Use the Ctrl and U keys for underlined text.

This is how you do it

  • Press and hold down Ctrl , then press the U key , release Ctrl and U keys.
    You should see a small black box.
    Next to the box type your text. Then hit enter .

  • Or First type your colored text, then highlight it , and by holding down Ctrl , press the U key.
    You should see a small black box at the beginning and end of your text.

Example

  • So if you type
    Ctrl-UHello
    You should see the following in your edit box:.
    And when you hit enter
    You will see this:.

As simple as that :)

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How To Configure mIRC Colors

Click the 12th button on mIRC toolbar or type Alt_ K.

To change the colour of an item
Click on the item that you want to change and you'll see it's name appear in the listbox at the bottom. Then click on any of the coloured squares, and you'll see the colour of the text for that item change accordingly.

To change the background colour
Just click on the background itself and select a colour as usual. You can also click on the background of the editbox and the listbox to change their colours as well.

If you don't like the changes you've made
You can either click cancel or you can click the reset button which will reset the colours back to the default mIRC colours. Remember
Other people might have a background colour that's different from yours, so what appears clearly on your background colour might be hard to read on someone else's, or vice versa. For example if your background color is red, and someone uses red text, you will not be able to read the text.

Example

How To Change mIRC Colors
 
     
 

Tips

First
You can include one code in another code, e.g Ctrl-UCtrl-Bhello for Underlined and Bold text.

Second
If you want to continue a coded text with plain text , you should close the code, either with the same code or with Ctrl-O . i.e. If you have typed Ctrl-Uhello and want to continue with plain text, after hello use the Ctrl-U code or use the Ctrl-O code. The Ctrl-O code, strips all the codes, so it is easier to use , especially if you have used more then one code at the beginning of your text.

Third
If the first character of your colored text is a number , convert the color code number to two digits by putting a 0 (zero) before it. E.g. if you want to type 23-02-97 in red you should do the following Ctrl-K0423-02-97 . But if you want to type in pink Ctrl-K1323-02-97 , you don't need the 0 (zero), 13 is already a two digit number. The same principle applies for background color codes. e.g Ctrl-K04,0123-02-97 will give you red text (04) on a black background (01).

Fourth
Don't use the color codes in an unknown channel, Its very irritating for people if their client does not support colored text.

Fifth
Experiment with mIRC, e.g. think of a simple alias, lets say something like /red /say Ctrl-K4 *1 and the next time that you want to type in red just type /red your message here.

Sixth
Read the mirc.hlp , ircintro.hlp and mircfaq.hlp files. The first two should be in your mIRC directory. You can get the latest of mircfaq.hlp or learn everything about mIRC from any of the mirrored mIRC WWW pages.

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