Visual Studio Color Theme Editor

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Allows users to customize the color palette used for menus, toolbars, tabs, title bars, and other environment colors.

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8/20/2010
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by Mahendra Varma Keerthipati | August 20 2013

Greatful idea from Microsoft to make developers feel pleasant and suggesting you to provide same kind of plug-in for VS2010 too...

by Ovidiu Ionescu | August 17 2013

by SkewMatrix | June 08 2013

No obvious way to change the color scheme of the Start Page. (The default color scheme is flawed because it uses light-on-dark for left pane and dark-on-light for right/news pane.)

by Dr.Neuron | May 23 2013

Simple but enough powerful. Has potential for further enhancements and room for new features and options. Will impatiently wait new updates with new added capabilities. Thank you developer for his time and effort!

by Syperus | March 18 2013

Great Extension! Comes with a few themes and allows you to create your own theme. Keep up the good work!!

by Girish_Nama | February 15 2013

all the themes cheap.
sari ki sari themes do kodi ki he.
hhhhhh.

by km_al | February 13 2013

Awesome, quick install, restart VS and adds "Theme" to your toolbar.
I wanted this for big visual clue of what solution I was looking at when I have a lot open, when one VS window is green and the other is brown, it's pretty obvious.

by 7ab | February 11 2013

by davidhunter22 | December 27 2012

Just some feedback on some of the colors. I use the "tan" scheme as a base and found everything great other than two issues that I fixed locally. I suspect they may be issues in other base schemes.

1) Scroll bar handle when not selected has almost no contrast to the background of the scroll bar which makes it very hard to find the handle to move it. When selected it becomes darker and there is more contrast but this is the opposite of when you need contrast.

2) In various places VS uses boxes around "toggle" objects to indicate the're selected. For instance the "Match case" toggle on the find/replace pop up. These boxes, again at least in "Tan", have almost no contrast to the background color so it's very easy to make mistakes.

Other than that awesome!

by Jesse Buesking | December 04 2012

Awesome plugin! Is there a mapping/explanation of what each name represents? (ie What is SortText?). When trying to customize it seems you have to either know what everything maps to already, or you have to apply one change at a time and see if that was the item you were hoping for.

by Ronald Riveros [GeekZero] | November 14 2012

Para los mas exigentes con la apariencias :D

by Peter Juhasz | November 12 2012

I love the blue theme in Visual Studio 2012. Thank you.

by Binori | October 17 2012

This extension make developers happy! :)

by ChuckC | October 10 2012

by Andre.Ziegler | September 13 2012

"must have" addon for VS 2010 because I don't like the default one. I'm now using a VS2008 theme.

by rmoc | September 06 2012

by gr_____________________ | September 05 2012

Until I installed this add-on, I cannot stand VS2010 colors.

Theme editor should be a standard feature in VS. I am waiting for VS2012 version, since VS2012 color schemes are even worse than 2010.

by BillW33 | August 31 2012

Very cool idea, works well.
I'll add my voice to those who would like a 2012 version. :)

by Brian C Chavez | August 28 2012

Hey guys, Visual Studio 2012 Theme editor. Let me know if it works for you.

http://bchavez.bitarmory.com/archive/2012/08/27/modify-visual-studio-2012-dark-and-light-themes.aspx

by stelios84 | August 26 2012

i dont like at all the new them of visual studio 2012 ! Please update it to get color theme!

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  • Another Suggestion - Easy Pasting of Colour Codes
    3 Posts | Last post August 10, 2012
    • Could it also be made to easily Copy / Paste the Values from the "Color" drop-downs please?
      
      Currently I have to open each one and copy the code, then open each one and select / paste it into the specific color code box in the drop-down. When modifying multiple colours (such as all 7 of the Environment Colour sections) it would be much better to simply click on each combo text in turn (without actually opening the combo drop down) and pressing ctrl + V.
    • If you select a row and press Ctrl+C, it should copy that row's color. If you select another row, you should be able to use Ctrl+V to paste the color.  You can also select multiple rows for copy/paste, similar to pasting over a range of cells in Excel.  Please let me know if that doesn't work for you...
    • Ah that does work! I must have been trying to (stupidly) paste it OVER the combo before. Yep that functionality works great then. Thanks for this addon btw, I applaud anything that offers customisability, and VS2010 is now a lot easier on my eyes with lesser white / dark constrast (with the blues changed to something akin to VS2008). As I mentioned the only problem I have is knowing what sections of the Theme choser apply to what parts of the UI by name (highlight them, or point / click maybe?) Otherwise, great work!
  • Breakpoint Column Colour
    3 Posts | Last post August 10, 2012
    • Anyone know the name of the Breakpoint column? I just want to darken it a tad but can't for the life of me find it.
      
      Btw for the future, the ability to click on a section of the IDE and have it filter to the relevant colours for that section (or close surrounding ones) would be fantastic btw! Love the search but its still pretty hard if you don't know what they're called.
    • The breakpoints margin is part of the text editor, and is customizable through Tools\Options\Environment\Fonts and Colors.  The name of the color is "Indicator Margin", and you can customize its background color there (as well as the rest of the text editor's colors.
    • Thanks Matthew, didn't realise that one was customisable through the standard UI!
      Solved.
  • Hidden/Overflow File Tab Text Color
    1 Posts | Last post June 18, 2012
    • I don't know the official name of these but I will try to explain them as best as I can. Can I change the text color of the open file tabs that are not shown due to too many file tabs open already. For example, I have 10 files open but can only see 5 of the tabs. There is a down arrow to the right of the file tabs and when I click that I see the rest of the open files. How do I change the file text for those extra files?
  • Colour Key
    1 Posts | Last post June 13, 2012
    • Nice...thanks!
      
      is there a "map" to denote where each of the bazillion colours listed apply in the ide itself?
      
      i'm trying to change the font colour on the inactive doc tabs.
      
      thanks in advance.
  • How to use the theme colors in custom VSPackage tool windows
    3 Posts | Last post June 08, 2012
    • Hi Matthew,
      
      I'm developing a VSPackage extension for Visual Studio that contains a WPF tool window. How can i use the background color defined by the theme? Is there a name of a static resource?
      
      Best regards,
      --Daniel
    • You can use keys from the VsBrushes class along with the DynamicResource extension (see http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/microsoft.visualstudio.shell.vsbrushes.aspx).  For example, you might use this for the background of your tool window in XAML (crossing my fingers and hoping XML-style input is allowed as input here):
      
      <... xmlns:vs="clr-namespace:Microsoft.VisualStudio.Shell;assembly=Microsoft.VisualStudio.Shell.10.0">
      <Border Background="{DynamicResource {x:Static vs:VsBrushes.ToolWindowBackgroundKey}}" />
    • Did anyone create a theme like monokai?
  • This is not necessary for the release candidate
    2 Posts | Last post June 04, 2012
    • There is already a theme editor built in to the VS 11. Go to Tools -> Options then select "Environment" on the left, and within the "General" selection, right at the top you see a description of "Visual Experience." If you like 'dark' then simply select 'Dark'.
      
      
    • That doesn't count as a theme editor.  You can only choose 'Light' and 'Dark', both of which I don't like.
  • Visual Studio 2012 Extension
    1 Posts | Last post June 02, 2012
    • Hi,
      
      I love your extension. Do you plan to make it available for VS 2012 as well?
      
      Thanks!
  • VS11 support
    1 Posts | Last post April 08, 2012
    • It should be easy, more or less same code.
      Please add support for VS11.
      
      If it is possible it could be great also to make possible to change icons.
      Than whoever doesn't want new gray icons, can return colorful icons back.
      
      Thanks.
  • Kills the Workflow Designer
    5 Posts | Last post March 01, 2012
    • This seems to destroy the WF4 designer...I'm not getting any lines or arrows being drawn
    • I concur. This renders the WF designer utterly unusable and illegible; nearly everything is the same colour!
      
      Any chance of a update to fix this or a workaround? 
    • Has anyone found a fix for this? I barely used this tool and never used the WF designer until this past week, and now I can't see lines/arrows either. 
      Help??
    • Here's the answer: 
      reg delete HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\10.0\UseDebugColorScheme /f 
      reg delete HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\10.0\ThemeColorCache /f
      
      These keys left hanging around will prevent the WF designer from looking correct. Removing these keys fixed it all up for me. 
    • Awesome plugin. Thanks! Any chance of being able to edit text editor transparency?
  • VS 2011
    3 Posts | Last post January 31, 2012
    • Any chance we could get a VS2011 version of this software :) when  I try to install it (Changing in the install files so it install to vs2011) I get this http://www.gratisimage.dk/graphic/images/2011/December/05/3ABB_4EDD2B0B.jpg :) (No matter which theme I choose)
    • +1 I would love to see a VS11 version :)
    • Working on the Developer Preview and upcoming releases of Visual Studio have been consuming all of my time right now, but please keep an eye out for some announcements in the near future!
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