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Visual Studio Color Theme Editor


Allows users to customize the color palette used for menus, toolbars, tabs, title bars, and other environment colors.

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by Mark B 417 | August 24 2012

Please update this to work on VS 2012.

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by SegaWang | August 21 2012

nice extension

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by Waxime | June 22 2012

I really like this plugin, but it's possible to add a new option? Change theme by project. When you load a project, the theme can be change in the same moment.

In my job, I have to debug 3 differents versions. That can be help to have a different theme for eatch project

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by Piggy | June 10 2012

I am using it since the first release, and it is a great job, a fantastic add-in!!!
I believe this very useful and reliable tool should have been embedded as a standard feature of VS2012.
Could you please update it to work with VS2012?
I really hope you are going to release the VS2012 version, and - if not a big problem - mantaining some compatibility with the VS2010 vstheme files.

5 Star
by amandab31 | May 31 2012

This extension is great. Please add support for VS 2012

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by J.Schwietert | April 23 2012

You sir are a gentleman and a scholar.

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by Dragan Radovac | April 11 2012

This is so easy to use. Good work !

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by Michal Zalewski | February 21 2012

4 Star
by XAML guy | February 11 2012

Very nice. Thank you for this tool.

I also would like transparency, you do tend to get used to it, and without it it feels a bit windows xp.

4 Star
by Code Chief | February 07 2012

Nice idea but held back by the lack of support for transparency. Wanted the Aero theme but it just doesn't look right with a grey workspace background around all the toolbars (that's where the transparent bits should go to make it cool).

Would be good if this is fully supported as a built-in feature in the next Visual Studio.

One possible improvement for this version; it is not something people change every day so should not be set as a main menu item, just hidden in Tools-Options.

But well implemented besides the menu position so 4 stars from me.

Other ideas for the future:
1) Change the theme when a bug occurs.
2) As others have said here, change the theme for each new window.
3) Change the theme according to daylight. Us programmers burn the midnight oil or occasionally work overnight to meet a deadline, would be cool if the studio was changing "mood" like one of those lamps from Philips :-)

4 Star
by Amer Koleci | February 01 2012

Great VS studio extension, would you mind providing the source code?

I would like to integrate this stuff into our Visual Studio shell isolated and by default use our personal color scheme?


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by Pascal Hubert | December 27 2011

Great! Thanks.

4 Star
by Santhosh Sivarajan- | November 08 2011

Good job guys!

4 Star
by Daniel Cheida | November 05 2011

I prefere not to change the color scheme, but it is a great work!

5 Star
by Steef-Jan Wiggers | November 03 2011

Great addition.

5 Star
by Saâd HAFFAR | October 09 2011

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by Ehsan Mohammadi | October 08 2011

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by Holi | September 28 2011

Wow...!!! That's what I always was looking for! It increases productivity and stability of VS2010 tremendously!!!
No wonder MS has no time to fix bugs if you waste time with that sort of things.

5 Star
by Infotech_HTX | September 09 2011

4 Star
by Bob Cornelissen | September 04 2011

Nice addition

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  • Are there any vstheme databases ?
    1 Posts | Last post October 22, 2014
    • One thing I have noticed is that while this works really well there don't seem to be many theme databases out there. Does anyone know of any vstheme databases ?
  • fonts/styles/typefaces?
    1 Posts | Last post July 23, 2014
    • This is an excellent tool!  The one thing it's lacking (in my opinion) is the ability to set fonts, styles, and typefaces.  For example, I like to have my keywords and data types in bold, but there's no way that I've seen in this tool that can do that.  Is there a way to do that, or is there another tool, or could it be added in the future?
  • Scrollbar VS2012 vs VS2013
    1 Posts | Last post February 11, 2014
    • When using the scrollbar Map Mode or Full Mode in VS2012 the scroll bar reflects the same colors.  In VS2013 it appears to use the default scheme.  Is there a way to get that working in 2013?
  • Support for isolated shell applications
    1 Posts | Last post November 19, 2013
    • Hi Matthew,
      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?
      Best regards,
  • Insufficient memory to continue the execution of the program.
    1 Posts | Last post September 11, 2013
    • I seem to get that error most of the time I hit "Customize colors" menu item.
      Any suggestions on how to solve or even debug this?
  • Can't figure out what some items are
    1 Posts | Last post June 14, 2013
    • Hello,
      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!
  • Where is the option to change the theme in vs2010 ?
    1 Posts | Last post May 08, 2013
    • I've installed the manager package.but i'm not getting the option to change the theme of vs2010.
      please, let me know the steps for changing the theme .
      Thanks !
  • Can we get this to work with SSMS 2012
    2 Posts | Last post April 12, 2013
    • Can we get this to work with SSMS 2012?
    • Hi! try running ssms 2012 as administrator.
  • Name vs. Color? Which key/name color chances what?!
    2 Posts | Last post March 20, 2013
    • Hello,
      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?
      thanks, mike.
    • 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.
  • Settings for Output Window Text and Background
    1 Posts | Last post March 14, 2013
    • Hi Matthew,
      Firstly, thanks for the tool. Now using your tool I applied a Elite dark them from 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.
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