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Microsoft Windows allows you to run Windows applications that have 256-color support built into them; however, the graphics card and the Windowsscreen driver must support 256 colors. Windows applications that do nothave 256-color support built into them are unable to use the 256-colorsupport of Windows. For example, if you are using an application such asPaintbrush and you have only 16 colors, your 16-color limitation may occurbecause the graphics card or the screen driver only supports 16 colors.
Each Windows application is written to support a maximum number of colors.For example, Microsoft Paintbrush supports 256 colors; however, MicrosoftPowerPoint supports 16.8 million colors.
Color support for Windows applications is determined by the following: