Color output for build and debug windows.

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by Ed (DareDevil57) | August 14 2014

Thank you

by mcsmcs1 | June 03 2014

finally an extension which implements (just) this important! feature

by Wojtek Antonik | March 27 2014

Great tool, cannot go back to B&W output window.

by onurg | March 25 2014

by PCoombe | March 20 2014

Makes the output much more readable, easy to spot unnoticed errors and warnings written to the console

by azzwin | February 25 2014

Great job. Works nicely for me in VS2013. Doesn't use the colours I set for Find Results, but I'm fine with the default blue so it's not so bad.

by ernest.stefan.matyus | February 12 2014

This is a great add-on, but would it be possible for the colors to be customizable for those of us who use a dark theme for VS?

by Dave_Alger | February 06 2014

Thanks Mike - I no longer need to swear at Microsoft each time I run a build for not having this functionality in visual studio by default.

by Jeffrey R Morgan | November 11 2013

Awesome, super useful, tool that's FREE.

Minor gripes:
1) (mirroring what Daniel Halan said): "VS201[3] in Dark mode... "VSColorOutput Find Results Search Term" Color-preset is being ignored, making the search result pretty unreadable in dark setting."
2) It seems that install Visual Assist before VSColorOutput causes VSColorOutput's text to have an ugly background color that can't be changed with out re-installing VsColorOutput.

Thanks for an awesome tool, Mike!

by Phil007.1 | October 30 2013

Nice extension I like it. Really useful in the output window.

One issue I have is that after changing away from the default colour scheme my colour choices are not displayed. (VS 2012 Ultimate, Update 3)

by Karel Kral | October 21 2013

Simple and functional! Real eyesaver.

by dlpopescu | October 14 2013

Great plugin for Visual Studio. I do have a small issue: once I saved the content of the output to a text file, by pressing CTRL+S, the output is no longer colorized. The only way to restore the colors is to reopen Visual Studio.

by Vlad Vasiliev | June 18 2013

Raises an exception in Microsoft Visual Studio 2010:
System.ArgumentOutOfRangeException: Specified argument was out of the range of valid values. Parameter name: position at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Text.SnapshotPoint..ctor(ITextSnapshot snapshot, Int32 position)
at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Text.Utilities.GuardedOperations.RaiseEvent[TArgs](Object sender, EventHandler`1 eventHandlers, TArgs args)

Visual Studio doesn't crash and continues working. More than that exception occurs only for the first build after MSVS is restarted. Nevertheless it's quite annoying to close exception window every time.

by Michal Minich | May 30 2013

by OliverKurowski | May 06 2013

by A.Boussema | April 23 2013

by Vrane | April 02 2013

useful :)

by Daniel Halan | March 11 2013

Nice, but not optimal for VS2012 in Dark mode... "VSColorOutput Find Results Search Term" Color-preset is being ignored, making the search result pretty unreadable in dark setting.

by Dmitry Gurinovich | January 29 2013

Great plugin! I wonder why Visual Studio developers don't implement such things at very beginning. :)

by jwatson3d | January 09 2013

Probably my favorite and first-loaded extension on a dev. machine!!

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  • Update Error List
    1 Posts | Last post Mon 5:26 PM
    • I love the flexibility of this extension. One feature request though.
      Would it be possible to update the Error list when the tool finds matches to the Error, warning and information classifications. In particular when I build with makefile projects I end up with easy to identify msgs, but they don't match the format for VS to identify the file and position information, so it would be  nice to be able to specify those as named groups.
      Either way this extension is now part of my regular toolset. Thanks for the great work.
  • Unable to find in Extension and Updates
    1 Posts | Last post January 24, 2014
    • Hi, I think the title is self describing but short story long, I cannot find how to uninstall the extension because it does not appear anywhere. However, it works. I have the output colored.
      I don't actually need to uninstall and I will actually keep it but need to remove it for a while in order to test something.
      Your help is appreciated.
      VS is 2013 Ultimate Update 1.
  • Doesn't work on Dark theme?
    3 Posts | Last post December 10, 2013
    • Hi, I'm using VSColorOutput with Dark theme in VS2012. I tried to change the color settings in Fonts and Colors but it does't work, but some color does applied to the Output Window. I just cannot apply my custom settings, even I just want to change the foreground color for Information category. Is that any open I can open to show the diagnosis info to check whether the settings for VSColorOutput are correct?
    • I have the same issue (as do many below).
    • I have the same issue, can't change Error color, the default one is too RED, just burning my eyes :'( 
      Looking forward to the fix!
  • Open Source
    4 Posts | Last post November 06, 2013
    • See that it has the Tag "Open Source", where can the source be downloaded from?
      Asking due the issue with "Find results search term" color-setting not being used...
    • http://vscoloroutput.codeplex.com/
      The updated version is on there.
    • Where is the source for the recently released 1.4.6 version? The code in codeplex hasn't seen a commit since july 2012; I am curious to find out what was fixed in this new release.
    • Curiosity got the better of me and I finally updated, only to find that the "Find Result search term" bug still occurs (setting is ignored) and a dark color scheme makes the highlight unreadable. Therefore I went back to my custom 1.4.5 version with this feature disabled. 
      Eagerly awaiting 1.4.7 :)
  • VS 2013?
    1 Posts | Last post July 04, 2013
    • Can you please release a vs 2013 version? I'm suffering without it;P
  • Customise output for specific output.
    1 Posts | Last post February 14, 2013
    • I use pre and post build scripts in my projects. I want to customise them. Lets say that my I am copying output files to a directory. So in output it is written that "1 file(s) copied." or "0 file(s) copied."
      Now what I want is that if there is text "0 file(s) copied." the color of this line should be red (error) so that I came to know that file is not copied.
      How I can do that?
  • Not working after clean reinstall
    2 Posts | Last post September 06, 2012
    • This was working great for me - now, not so much.  On a special few aspx files, this extension causes errors - both at design time and when closing VS2010.
      Check screen capture at http://screencast.com/t/0XlgDoFtm1fk 
      (Warning: this is a 3 monitor capture, so the image is quite wide!)
    • Never mind... it's fixed in version 1.4.5, which I found on codeplex.  It's weird that this site is not kept up to date since this is the page VS referred me to when I was looking for this extension!
  • Can't change colors on VS11 beta.
    6 Posts | Last post June 13, 2012
    • Hi. Is VS11 beta supported? I just installed this extension and changing colors in "Fonts and Colors" dialog have no effect. The output is still rendered in default colors.
    • It's a bug in the VS 11 Beta. I'll submit a bug to MS.
    • Please go to https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/729457/color-change-notifications-no-longer-work and update this bug to say you can reproduce the issue. We need to get Microsoft's attention on fixing this one soon. Thanks.
    • https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/729457/color-change-notifications-no-longer-work
    • I've coded up a work around for VS 11 Beta. It's available at http://VSColorOutput.Codeplex.com. PLEASE, read the release notes to understand how to use the workaround.
    • I finally got Microsoft to acknowledge the notification bug in VS 2012. They have fixed it. Unfortunately, the fix did not make it into the recently released RC. I'll fix this "the right way" when the final version is released.
  • Background color
    16 Posts | Last post May 08, 2012
    • Setting the background color to "Automatic" or "Default" doesn't work when the default color is black. I had to manually set each one to Black.
    • I wouldn't expect "Default" or "Automatic" to use black for any of the VSColorOutput colors. For instance, the "Default" color for VSColorOutput Error category is Red. On a side note, I've never understood the difference between "Default" and "Automatic".
    • I use black background for the source, output and immediate windows. "Default" should both accept the use the color of that windows selected default text colors.
      "Automatic" should allow using predefined color unless its contrast relative to selected defaults is too low, in that case is should increase the contrast by make the current color darker/brighter.
      Other that the need to adjust one by one, does this extension work with black backgrounds?
    • Ah, I see now. If VS has support for determining "Default" colors I'll add it. As to a black background, never tried it. Seems to me though it should work. 
    • OK, I think I've fixed it. Version 1.4.2 (and it works with black backgrounds (on my machine!) to answer the other question).
    • Dark background still doesn't work with 1.4.2 on VS2010. I have a customized color scheme and the background of my output window is (0,43,54), but with VSOutputColor installed, the background color used doesn't match what's in the "Fonts and Colors" dialog for VSColor entries.
    • Just tried it here using your colors and it worked flawlessly (as far as I can tell). Maybe I'm missing something in the repro steps? I changed the background color of the output window as indicated. Is there something else I need to do? Sorry if I'm not understanding the issue. Perhaps a screen shot might help.
    • Hello all,
      I have found same error at VS2010. Set background color to custom dark gray for all kind of logs in output window with current version(1.4.2). The background stays the same(some kind of light gray). Is there some special way to fix it?
    • I simply can't reproduce the issue. I change the background color and things work as expected. I've tried it on three different machines in three different locations all running Windows 7. 
    • Another thought. Export your color scheme and send it to me. Maybe there's a specific combination of settings required to reproduce.
    • OK, I've finally reproduced it. After I change colors, I have to exit and restart Visual Studio. Then the background colors misbehave. To correct I had to set the background colors of the VS colors to something slightly different than the output window background. Setting it the same as the output window background has no affect.
    • I've posted what I believe is a fix to the dark theme background colors issue. It is current only available at http://VSColorOutput.codeplex.com. PLEASE, read the release notes. There are a number of quirky Visual Studio behaviors that you need to be aware of.
    • I've applied the latest update (v1.4.3) and it works fine! Thanks for fixing the problem.
    • With v1.4.3, it seems that the coloring for the search term displayed in the "Find Results" window always uses the stock foreground color (blue) instead of the color in the prefs ("VSColorOutput Find Results Search Term").
      Almost there! :)
      PS: Mark, I get no notifications when you post here, so I have to remember to check back to see your replies... :-/
    • It seems the background color for highlighted text in the "Find Results" window is not always mapped correctly either. It worked fine yesterday, but today it is back to the bright default (same color as when it didn't work), and cannot be changed with the prefs. The problem occurs with both the Find Result Filename and the Find Result Search Term.
      Like the Output Window, I have mapped my Find Results background color to a dark color. Colored messages in the Output Window are fine, the problem is limited to the Find Results window. Let me know if you need more info...
      PS: For some reason I didn't realize that the extension would also color my internal warning and error debug output messages, which makes this extension an absolute must have!! This is amazingly useful.
      PS: Sorry for calling you Mark above, I obviously meant Mike but you can't edit messages here.
    • Hi there, I'm having a problem with v1.4.3 in that the output window text is showing up with a dark background (only around lines of text, not the whole window) even though I'm just using the default theme. I've reverted back to v1.4.2 for now and it works fine for me there. Great extension btw! Very useful