2.5.3 Set Tab Colors

When you are running multiple sessions, color-coding session tabs can help identify which host application each session is connected to.

You can customize the text and background colors of a session tab. After you set the tab colors for your sessions, you can save them in a layout file so that the tab colors are used the next time you open the layout.


  • You can save session tab color settings only in layout files. These settings are not saved in session files.

  • You can change only one tab at a time. You cannot globally change all tab colors.

To set tab background and text colors

You can set different colors for a session tab’s text and background. You can also set different colors for active and inactive states.

  1. On the Session tab, right-click and then select Customize Tab Colors to open the Customize Tab Colors dialog box.

  2. To set inactive tab colors, in the Inactive tab colors list, click Changeand then select the foreground (text) color or background color.

  3. Set the Active tab colors in the same way.

  4. HINT:If you want to set only the tab background color, you can use an alternative approach. With a session open, click the Appearancetab and from the Color menu, choose a color. Then click on the session tab to set its background color. (The selected color is used as the tab’s background, for both active and inactive states.)

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