Visual Studio 2012 Color Theme Editor

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Allows users to create and edit Visual Studio themes. Themes can customize colors used for menus, toolbars, tabs, titlebars, the text editor, and other environment colors.

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9/21/2013
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by Ed (DareDevil57) | August 14 2014

Awesome, thanks for this

by fokytapia | July 29 2014

by Sten2005 | May 30 2014

Some nice themes.

by SampathLok | May 02 2014

Excellent. :)

by YvonneNeuland | March 07 2014

I absolutely love this add-on. I like to set all the different text editor font settings to different colors so that I can instantly recognize what each piece of code is at a glance. The built in options menu let you do this, but it was a total pain and took forever. With this add-on, it is a breeze. I love it.

by LeonardoBute | February 05 2014

I'm desperate.
Is there a way, an add-on, that let me change that FUCKY, SHITTY "old-style" CGA-like button ??
I want the "old" office 2010 style where folder icons where Yellow and the we could see better what there was inside a "button".

It's unbelievable that users HAVE to use "non standard" and "non offical" method to use this product.
Thanks to non-profit users we can continue to work with this product that while it has been improved a lot , it has became worste in grafic aspects and icons (HORRIBLE, SHITTY, UGLY .....).
Was it too difficult to give the user the opportunity to change the theme back to the well known and clear themes,grafic, icons .. etc ?
Was it too difficult the made this ?
People could choose if using the new shitty aspect or the "old" one.
It's called "metro-ui" ... i call it "UNDERGROUND-UI".
"Visual studio 2012/2013 for the blindness peoples......
it doesn't help to avoid...it makes us become !!!".
PS: The same is for Office 2013 ......

It makes me laugh a lot thinking that MS payed also a lot designers to achieve this UGLY result !!!!
HORRIBLE !!!

by nossie | November 21 2013

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

by StartedWithDOS | November 11 2013

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.

I've got several clear screenshots available.

by Thiago Martins Coelho | November 01 2013

by Leonardo Lourenço Silva | November 01 2013

Very NICE !!!

by Andrey Dimitrov | October 24 2013

Spoiled my current colors.
Broke Import/Export settings VS functionality so that I can't reimport colors.
I will never ever install such thing.

by Dario_T | October 18 2013

by jhewett | October 17 2013

Doesn't import the Visual Studio 2010 Color Themes.

by autumnyard | October 17 2013

It is as easy as customizing colors in vs2012 can be.

I haven't encountered any problem yet, nor I found anything else I wish this extension had, so 5 stars.

Is there a place to share themes already?

by LoudRock | October 11 2013

Thank you!

The "bright white" of VS2012 was blinding me.

This makes it quick and easy to tone it down.

by 叶泽霖 | October 04 2013

我都不知道你们在说什么。

by Sevanmarc | September 25 2013

by Canadian Commander | September 24 2013

The Black Color scheme! nuf said

by Pulsating Ambience | September 19 2013

It is perfect addin. Now my Visual Studio interface is perfect too.

But I need a more powerfull color peek dialog, like one in VS Options (with separate RGB and Favourites colors). Also you can add Web Colors predefined palette.

by TNJMAN | September 03 2013

How NICE is THIS? I have been needing ability to edit themes. Thank you!

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  • Earlier Versions Created Extensions for Themes
    2 Posts | Last post September 21, 2013
    • Earlier versions of this extension seemed to create extensions (& possibly VSIX files for them), but the only method for saving/sharing themes in the current version of this extension seems to be exporting/importing vstheme files.
      
      The VSIX method was a far easier (& more reliable) way to be able to save a theme, then install it later (say after a machine rebuild). I don't seem to be able to find where the VSIX files were stored, but I can see that extensions have been installed in the Extension Manager in VS 2012.
      
      Why was the VSIX method removed? And will it be restored (no pun intended) in a near future version of this extension (particularly for VS 2013)?
    • I don't believed the extension ever directly supported saving VSIX files, although that is a great feature request. I will definitely consider exposing this as an export scenario!
  • Theme per solution
    2 Posts | Last post September 11, 2013
    • Hi, i'm working on different releases of the same project, and I wonder if this extension allows me to define a different theme for each solution in order to easily identify in wich version I'm.
    • This extension doesn't let you do this.  Visual Studio inherently supports only one theme per registry location.  You can launch Visual Studio with an alternate registry location, and that Visual Studio instance would be able to have a different theme, but it would also have completely isolated settings for every other Visual Studio feature.
      
      If you want to try it out, just run "devenv /rootsuffix MySpecialSettingsGroup".
  • Crashes everytime I edit custom theme
    2 Posts | Last post September 11, 2013
    • This was occasional initially, now it's consistent. Cannot edit themes anymore as it crashes vs2012. I can provide more details if needed.
    • Can you please provide the callstack from the crash?  You should be able to get this callstack if you attach another Visual Studio debugger to Visual Studio.
  • Please Re-add Blue Theme for those who don't want to patch VS2012
    3 Posts | Last post August 16, 2013
    • 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.
      
      Many thanks,
    • Blue.pkgdef
      http://www.mediafire.com/?13ve8vbvaa4e29d
      
      Tools > Customise Colours > Import Theme
      
      Note: This blue.pkgdef is from 2.2, i havent tried importing it into 2.3 but hopefully it will work.
    • How do I install this Extension in VS 2012? I'm new to VS and don't see anything on how to add this?
  • url color in dark theme
    1 Posts | Last post July 18, 2013
    • 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. 
      
      Thanks!
  • What happened to the Blue Theme?
    1 Posts | Last post July 17, 2013
    • I can't see the VisualStudio 2010 Blue theme color on the themes. Does it was removed? If doesn't, how can I get it?
  • VS 2013
    3 Posts | Last post July 04, 2013
    • Hi,
      
      Are you going to release this great add-in for the new VS 2013?
      
      Please respond 'Yes'!
      
      thank you very much
    • Hi,
      
      Please download this file:
      ColorThemeEditor-vs2013.vsix
      https://www.box.com/s/7zt15t3xm5g4wmrh5j8t
      
      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.
      
      VS2012.vstheme
      https://www.box.com/s/6w2w3oq34oe3pf32pr39
    • 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...
  • Fonts?
    2 Posts | Last post June 30, 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?
    • Me Too
  • Quick Launch color key
    1 Posts | Last post June 27, 2013
    • Where is the color key for the Quick Launch on the title bar for VS2012?
  • Import from VS2010
    1 Posts | Last post June 26, 2013
    • 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!
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