Count me as one who hated the default "dark" theme of VS 2010. Love the traditional "Windows Classic" theme. If there's one group of consumers to whom continual reskinning doesn't appeal, it would have to be programmers.
Unfortunately them editor does not allow to edit color of active vs solution item (selected but not in focus - now it has light-light gray color) - this is the main disadvantage for me in line of VS products. I've worked on VS for 6 years and quick search of selected item in vs solution explorer is great problem for people like me with -5 myopia. Could you please help us and include such support in this great tool or may be another solution already exists?
I like very much your extension! I have a application based on VS2013 isolated shell. I could change the manifest so it can be installed. I can modify existing themes but I can't create a new one. The theme editor tries to write the new theme to the extension folder using "Microsoft.VisualStudio.Pro" as the installation target and the extension manager raises an UnsupportedProductException.
Would you kindly support the creation of custom themes in isolated shells?
I can't seem to figure out what color is for the background of the Solution Explorer window, the designer window background, and the output window background/text. Anyone have any ideas if these are customizable? Thanks!
this question was asked befor, but noone gave an answer. if you select "show all" at the theme editor, you get more than 100 name/color... but which one is controlling what? is there a list for what each key stands for? can perhaps someone provide me with screenshots and the keynames there?
That's a very good idea. Right now the only method to properly customize the theme is through trial and error, which is very frustrating. It would be a good idea if it were a screenshot available containing the description for each element, or even better, when you hover an element in the list it could be surrounded by a visible frame in the UI.
Firstly, thanks for the tool. Now using your tool I applied a Elite dark them from http://www.sharepoint.bg/radi/post/Pimp-Your-IDE-Visual-Studio-2010-Themes-and-Skins.aspx But now when I change the Output Window plain text foreground to Yellow and background to a shade of Dark Grey (from Tools -> Options -> Environment -> Fonts and Colors)and the background renders fine but the text goes black and is sort of highlighted in light grey background. I wonder if you could tell me what setting in your tool I could use to set the text color and background for Output Window? Thanks.
This is a great extension, and I guess this is more a comment for the VS team. But I'm on XP, with a custom Windows Classic theme, and I hate it when apps decide to use their own color scheme. I wish that either VS or this extension had a way of reading my system colors and basing the scheme on that. I know that I can use this extension to go through one by one and adjust all the colors, and I guess I'll do that when I have an hour to spare, but I wish there were a simpler way.
This extension is for Visual Studio 2010 only. Downloading and double-clicking the VSIX file should prompt to install for Visual Studio 2010 (not 2012). If that doesn't work I'd be curious to find out why, but as an alternative you can try opening Visual Studio 2010, going to Tools\Extension Manager, and searching from there for "color theme editor". You should be able to find and install the extension from that dialog.
If you're looking for the version that supports Visual Studio 2012 it's here: http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/366ad100-0003-4c9a-81a8-337d4e7ace05
I've really enjoyed using this. With VS 11 this extension becomes critically important to me, since MS has stubbornly forced light gray (new RC screenshots) on us. PLEASE, PLEASE let this work on VS 11. Being able to add some contrast (like that burgundy screen-shot you have here) is very important to me.
Quoting Scott Hanselman in http://www.hanselman.com/blog/VisualStudio2012RCIsReleasedTheBigWebRollup.aspx
"Matt Johnson, one of the developers on the Visual Studio team, developed and released a theme editor extension for Visual Studio 2010 on Studio Gallery. His tool needs additional time and effort to work with Visual Studio 2012 given all the changes we made. As soon as it’s ready we will make it available. With Matt's tool you will be able make a wide variety of theme changes including updating the Status Bar colors to colors of your choosing."
That'd be great news
Please do this for VS 2012.
Can't work with the 2 tone look.
I don't know that the guys at Microsoft are thinking. No wonder Apple is beating them. If Windows 8 release is like this then Microsoft shares will be penny stock!
"Matthew Johnson [MSFT]
Scott's got the right information, a VS 2012 version of this extension is nearly ready for release. Thanks for your patience!"
Thanks Matthew! Do you have any plans to allow us to change the icons themselves or allow us to revert back to the VS 2010 icons. The VS 2012 icons make the IDE more difficult to use.
+1. I hoped through Beta & RC I'd get used to it, or MS'd improve it, but even in RTM VS2012 is bland, gloomy and has awful contrast, making it really difficult to differentiate any of the UI components. It's like working in a dank cave. Very much looking forward to the new build of this extension!