THANK YOU MICROSOFT FOR FINALLY GIVING ME THE PUSH I NEEDED TO LEARN JAVA AND ECLIPSE. I WAS FAR TOO COMFORTABLE. DEALING WITH MICROSOFT FOR RELEASING APPS ON THE MARKET PLACE AND NOW THIS DIABOLICAL SKIN IN STUDIO MADE IT SIMPLY UNBEARABLE TO CONTINUE. I'M WRITING IN CAPS BECAUSE THIS SEEMS TO BE HOW YOU THINK WE SHOULD COMMUNICATE WITH TEXT!! NORMALLY I'D RESERVE IT FOR REMARKS LIKE "I HATE THIS FUCKING SKIN", SO MUCH SO THAT I STILL MAKE DO AND DEVELOP IN 2010.
I'm happy to see that I'm not just a grumpy old man yet and that there are zillions of others that are rightly pissed off over this heap of muck for a skin. This W8 iconolgy is utter bolox. It's nonsense that we have to spend time looking for this plugin. Even after the effort put into this Editor they still packed more shit with it and onus is on you to make it look right. They still haven't got the message if they're including a poxy purple skin. I think when Steve Jobs died his dirty black soul possessed Microsoft and decided to force all us all to doing only what they want.
This guy shows a decent hack for the VS2010 look http://computerbeacon.net/blog/visualstudio2010iconsandt
I've spent quite a bit of time (slowly over time) making a VS-2010 style theme that works with this extension. It's a lot closer to the original VS-2010 than the "blue" theme that comes with this extension (better contrast, sharper text, etc.). I'm willing to share it, but I would want to upload it somewhere where anyone could get it. I don't know if there's a place dedicated to that. If you know of one, reply here so I can see it.
Fantastic add in. I really disliked the limited options for themes that came built in to VS2012. This add in works perfectly to fix that. The base theme for VS just doesn't do enough to visually delineate the different components that make up the IDE.
With this program you can choose from a set of pre-built themes, or customize the color for everything in the IDE. In fact, I had no idea that so many different items existed to be customized.
On my laptop, there is no performance impact at all. Thanks!
This would be a life saver if I could get it to work.
But I've given it 5 stars simply because I know what it's made to do and that is something I wholeheartedly need considering this insult of a UI. I am bereft of civilized words and criticism due to sheer frustration after installing VS2012 and all of it's extraneous junk just to get a kick to my eyes.
It's appalling that this extension is required at all. VS2012's UI, as at least one person has already noted, really SUCKS HUMONGOUS WIND! I hate it with a burning passion. Doesn't MS trial software before it goes out the door? What sort of bumpkins okayed this UI?
The extension is usable/passable without being brilliant. Using it to alter my text editor background to black prevents the editor from working properly. Lines get orphaned, edits are hidden, a whole raft of problems ensue.
I know with MS there's no going back, so I hope some crafty developer is somewhere hard at work to enable decent folk to get back, without too much sweat, to the decent UI that was VS2010 ...
Blue theme was removed in 2.3 with note that blue theme is now available in VS2012 Update 2.
Update 2 link is broken however there is a link for Update 3. I don't however wish to download this patch (which is rather large), i only want the blue skin. Can someone please either host the blue skin or provide a link to version 2.2 of the Color Theme Editor before the blue skin was removed.
Where can I change the hyperlink color from dark blue? In the dark theme it is almost impossible to read.
One example is when I publish the output window contains a hyperlink. Another example is in the source control explorer when source control is disconnected.
Please download this file:
This is patched version of this extension. I only changed target version number. No more changes applied. It will install without an error.
Plus, I love VS2012 UI colors WITHOUT PANE/WINDOW BORDERS so, this theme for VS2013. This theme will change VS2013 to VS2012 look and feel.
Please note that, while import and create your own theme or even save, it shows an error message. But don't worry. It just works :) Just switch between themes and you will see that it is working.
This is the only solution until Microsoft create an extension for 2013...
In "Key Features", it says "Customize your editor fonts and colors from the Theme Editor UI".
However, I don't see any place to customize the fonts (i.e. Font family and bold checkbox) in the theme editor.
Am I missing something?
How can I import a *.vstheme file created with Visual Studio Color Theme Editor for VS 2010 into Visual Studio 2012 Color Theme Editor?!?
I put a lot of time into creating a comfortable theme for VS2010 and of course want to use that in VS2012 too!
One of the main reasons I wanted the Color Theme Editor was to tone down the glare from "pure white" window backgrounds, but I can't find any references to "Solution Explorer", "Server Explorer", etc., or even "background".
There are too my #FFFFFF's for me to experiment with them individually.
On my system, with VS2012 / Update 2, and with my "custom" copy of the "Green" theme:
• Solution Explorer: White background
• Server Explorer: White background
• "Installed Themes" of the theme editor: White background
• Class view (an exception): Control Panel window background color
Of course I'd GREATLY prefer most of these windows to simply honor the Windows "Control Panel" color (in my case, RGB 192,220,192 / money green), but failing that, I was was hoping that the Color Theme Editor would let me tone down the FFFFFF's to something less aggressive.
Thanks for making the CTE extension available!
P.S. I shouldn't have written that I couldn't find any "background", just not any background to the windows in question.
I's still really like to tone down the colors. I'll check back again in a few weeks.
Environment → Window
This controls the background of many windows, including Class View, Object Browser, Error List, and others.
TreeView → Background
This controls Solution Explorer, Server Explorer, and the per-theme editing page
Environment → StartPageTabBackgroundBegin
Environment → StartPageTabBackgroundEnd
These two affect the background of the content portion of Color Themes page (and the Start Page).
There are some "Text" colors that go with each of these--you can update these as well, if you need to change the default text.