I tried to change colors of Vim editor by going to the screen properties and change the color of background and text. It did not work.

I like to know how to change the colors.


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You have mistaken your terminal color scheme with the Vim color theme. To change the Vim color theme, you need to use :color command, followed by a valid color theme on your system, for example, color desert.

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    You can use <tab> completion with many commands, like :colorscheme to cycle through the given colorscheme options. Also can use <c-d> to list out the completions. See :h cmdline-completion for more help Oct 4, 2019 at 16:18
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    Might want to visit vimcolors.com
    – Ralf
    Oct 4, 2019 at 16:32

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