It's cool being able to create a custom color scheme, but I think the process will be too time-consuming for many developers because: (1) it's not always obvious which descriptions (such as "document well tab") apply to which portions of the Visual Studio UI -- I spent a lot of time hunting for the right setting, and (2) there are so many aspects of the GUI that have their own color setting, that it's easy to get lost and/or confused. To address item (1) how about a capability similar to what Internet Explorer's Developer Tools offers: the ability to click on some part of the GUI and have it tell you what color-setting (i.e. description) applies to that part of the GUI. To address item (2), I'd suggest simply offering more themes and having them placed into categories such as "dark text editor (background)", "light menu and toolbar background", etc. What would be simpler is the ability to generate a theme by picking combinations of preferences, such as: "dark editor background" and "beige color scheme", etc. BTW, I noticed that the toolbar icons show up much better against the familiar blue background than they do against the new dark (charcoal) background.
I have installed Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop, but when tried to run this editor, it is throwing VSIXInstaller.NoApplicableSKUsException: This extension is not installable on any currently installed. Is this not for Express version? Somebody help me out please !
This is a welcome addition so thank you very much. One suggestion I would make is to add a way to get to a specific option, since there's a TON of options and not all are intuitive in the naming. If there's a way to get to an option in a theme from the UI, that would be great, if not, then maybe provide an image that points to what an option would change visually. Thanks again for your efforts.
[EDIT 30-Oct-2012] Love the new features added. Thank you for your continued efforts. Would love to see the "Export Theme" available on the main page next to the Edit and Delete icons on the custom theme, or show an Export Theme next to Import Theme when a custom theme is selected.
Great tool. Just noticed there is a new version and I like the update very very much. Now a precious tab/window instead of a small menu. I especially like the feature to import/export themes, since I use VS on multiple computers.
One more thing: It took me a moment to find the "export theme" button - only accessible, when you are editing a theme. Therefore I would suggest adding the export theme button directly to the main window, next to "edit" and "delete".
I had to switch to blue theme because in the VS2012 light (default) theme, the light blue used to highlight all the variable names in a method/function is almost identical to the selection. The other themes are incredibly far away from my personal taste.
I would add to the extension the selection of lowercase menu. I can't work with screaming menus and changing the registry on all the machines is pretty boring.
We have projects that are maintained in older versions of solutions for various reasons and having to switch from VS 2008 and 2010 to VS 2012 and back several times a day was a nightmare. Thanks to this extension it is a lot more bearable.
it fixes allot of the problems with the theme but i would like a theme where all the menu and toolbox items don't look the same it takes more time to find stuff than vs 2010 maybe someone can copy 2010 theme
This works wonders. I am used to the VSTS 2010 look and feel and the Blue theme brings back the nostalgia! It would be more of a theme editor if we could have more flexibility in configuring or rather creating our own themes. Or may be it's possible and I need to explore further :-) All-in-all great work!
I am using "light with dark editor" theme and i have a problem with the explanation area. I don't know the exact name of it, so I will explain: when I write an object name and press the dot, intellisense brings the usable properties and methods. And while I am moving on the methods with the arrow keys, an expalantion bubble pops that has information about the method or property. I want to change the colors of this bubble's text because I cannot see it with the current settings.
Can you help me about this problem please?
Is there anyway to change the default color settings of the Fonts inside Tools/Options/FontsAndColors dynamically through code? I've figured out how to catch the Theme change event and I would like to switch my color scheme to predefined values after a theme switch, but I can't figure out how to access the color values through code. Would I have to somehow rewrite the registry values or is there an easier way to do this?
Hi. On my copy of VS2012 the colour of the document tabs seems to be fixed: aspx forms and code behind get a rather nasty brick red, .cs classes a sort of British Racing Green. The document with the focus doesn't really stand out, particularly for green tabs and it sometimes takes me a while to realise I'm not on the tab I thought I was. This doesn't seem to be under the control of the theme editor - is there any way to change it?
I'm using VS 2012 as a component of Sql Server Data Tools. As such this is the "integrated" version, not "Professional. As a result I apparently can't install this extension, which is a bummer, because I can't stand the look of VS 2012!!!!
Is there w reason why you can't support other versions?
The Color Theme Editor for VS 2010 let me set a color theme for each instance of VS while it was running. That is, after I started an instance of VS 2010 I could select a Theme. Then I could start a second instance of VS 2010 and set its Theme to a different color. This made it easy to identify which instance I was working with.
In VS 2012, if I have two instances running and change the color of one instance it also changes the color of the second instance.
Is there any way to include the logic from the 2010 version. It was very useful.
I installed the plugin while having my custom colors. I noticed that it changed some of the colors here and there and I tried to import them back from settings file. I realized that the studio has stopped importing colors and fonts. I uninstalled the plugin but this didn't fix the problem. So now I have a spoiled color theme and broken import settings feature. Also on every change of theme the font is reset to some strange font and I have to go change it manually from the options. All this is happening on VS 2012 Professional.
Can you suggest any fix other than uninstall and install of VS?
Hi I have setup my windows colours so that I don't feel like I'm staring at the sun all day with the glaring white paper that is Visual studios default.
However I cannot see (no pun intended) how to change VS2012 workspace background colours to my windows colour.
It would be good if there was an option to Pick-up the windows (theme) colour either entirely or per item.
Until I can change the paper colour I'll have to give VS2012 a miss or ask my lawyer about what come back on MS there would be for consequential damage from using the UI (joke).
Please help us that customise windows colours for Usability reasons!!!!
I can think of two options:
1. Use a High Contrast windows theme, and customize those colors. In this case, Visual Studio will use only Windows theme colors.
2. Customize Visual Studio colors using this extension to be what you want (perhaps starting from the Dark theme is closer to what you want).
The big problem with "using Windows colors" is that Windows exposes a very, very small set of colors, but Visual Studio is a complex application that requires more nuanced color choices. This extension currently gives you maximum control over that nuance.
What element in the Theme Editor determines the background color when working with SSIS packages? Specifically the Control Flow and Data Flow pages. I copied the Dark installed theme and wanted to tweak a few colors, but leave the background like it was in the installed theme. However it changes the background color to an off-white color after copying the installed theme.
I'm not familiar with SSIS packages, but based on the description of the problem, my guess is that its UI has handled theming incorrectly in some way (perhaps their "Dark" colors are tied specifically to that theme's ID rather than defining colors that can be redefined for any theme).
The standard "fonts and colors" dialog in VS has a preview box that shows a sample line of code in the selected colour. This is helpful for visualising the colour in context and is the only thing I miss from this extension.
Any chance of implementing that, either in this or the 2013 version? Thanks.
That would be a great feature--I will add that to my list. For the colors that come from Fonts & Colors, it should be straightforward to show the same type of preview. For colors that are outside the editor, there's not currently metadata about what type of text to draw on that color in all cases, so that may be trickier to implement.
I've just uploaded the 2013 version today (available here: http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/9e08e5d3-6eb4-4e73-a045-6ea2a5cbdabe). You should be able to export custom themes from 2012 and import them in 2013. Feedback about the import experience is appreciated!
I downloaded and installed this as soon as I came in this morning. The import process was totally painless. In fact, it picked up my existing themes and even applied the one that I was using in 2012, exactly what I had wanted!! Thank you for your continued efforts to make my coding world a more colorful place!!