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New Sage user here. The blue-on-black color scheme also bothered me. Thought I should provide more information.

Based on what I read here, I tried %colors:

sage: %colors


and got

UsageError: %colors: you must specify a color scheme. See '%colors?'


So I tried %colors?

sage: %colors?
Docstring:
Switch color scheme for prompts, info system and exception handlers.

Currently implemented schemes: NoColor, Linux, LightBG.

Color scheme names are not case-sensitive.

To get a plain black and white terminal:

%colors nocolor
File:      ~/<decorator-gen-35>


Great, we can set a color scheme in Sage like this:

%colors Linux


If you want this to run every time you use Sage, add that command to your init.sage file.

Because I am on Linux, I created init.sage in the .sage directory in my user home: \$HOME/.sage/init.sage

Read more in the Sage manual section "Sage startup scripts."

Also note that there might be more color schemes than those listed under %colors? ...

I misspelled the color scheme argument to %colors and noticed the following in the resulting "Unrecognized color scheme" error output:

Valid schemes: ['NoColor', 'Linux', 'LightBG', 'Neutral', '']


So "Neutral" is another valid option, despite being unmentioned by %colors?. Hope this helps other newbies!