Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

Bring a Little Color to Your Username in Black Ops 2 on PC

Bringing some color to your username in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is incredibly simple, but not a lot of people know how to do it. It's with this in mind that we bring you a quick tutorial on how to change the color of your username in Black Ops 2. Bear in mind that this is a PC-only feature, and requires nothing more than Steam.

Chances are you've noticed the guy in your lobby with the pink username, doubtless bragging about how 1337 he is for changing the default color. Colored usernames stand out and they're just a lot of fun, even if they don't' bring you any in-game advantage to speak of. Doing this in your game is incredibly easy and all it takes is the addition of a few simple characters to your Steam display name.

Fire up Steam and navigate to 'Friends --> Change Profile Name...' in the menu. This will open up a new dialog box in which you can change your display name to whatever you fancy. What most people don't know, however, is that you can also add a few characters to that line that will cause your username to display a different color in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (as well as previous Call of Duty games). The characters you are going to add are '^^XX' where XX is replaced by a number of your choosing, that corresponds to a particular color.

The number chart is pretty straightforward...

1 - Red
2 - Green
3 - Light Yellow
4 - Blue
5 - Cyan

6 - Pink
7 - Yellow
8 - Grey
9 - Golden Brown
0 - Black


So, what you'll end up with, if you want to change your username to Grey, for example, is something that looks like this:

 

After that, just click 'OK' and fire up Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and make sure that you chose the right code for the color you desired. Whenever you want to change the color, simply go back to 'Change Profile Name...' and adjust it wherever you want.

Wherever you input '^^XX' will cause everything after that point to recolor, so if you want to split your coloring in half, you can add another color code halfway through your username. Something like, '^^1FPSG^^2Nate' would cause two separate colors to display.

Play around with it a bit and make use of the in-game Steam interface to make the process even quicker, without having to launch and close the game a dozen times.

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