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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 maggieJones | April 26 2011

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by MohammadReza Taesiri | March 15 2011

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by Robert Seifert | January 27 2011

I love this extension!

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by Fry123 | December 13 2010

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by Robert Shekhe | November 06 2010

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by Alex Althauser | October 27 2010

Thank you for making this.

It takes quite some time to find one particular item in the list and change its color, especially if you don't know the name of the item you wish to change. Perhaps in a future release you could introduce an option to right-click a window or tab, and select edit-color from a drop-down list.

3 Star
by CJUrwiler | October 21 2010

Didn't really use this, but after trying it, found that it broke the WF designer for me just like the last commenter. However, unlike the last commenter, you can fix this without a complete reinstall. See the Q and A tab for the two registry entries to fix this.
Otherwise, it does what it says on the box. The WF issue is a deal-breaker for me or it'd get more stars.

1 Star
by the Larker1 | October 12 2010

Bummer for Windows WorkFlow developers! On the whole, this extension is great. However, after installing it, the connection lines in Windows WorkFlow designers disappear until you select one, and there is apparently NO WAY to get them back again! I've tried changing the color of every single element individually from the theme editor, to no avail. Also, un-installing does not cause the lines to show up again either. So far, only getting a brand new machine gets the lines back in the designer. Don't install this if you are working a lot with Windows WorkFlow! You will absolutely regret it!

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by e_korneychuk | October 05 2010

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by mahdi yousefpour | September 20 2010

Hi Matthew Johnson and all microsoft developer:
Very nice color theme but so it's better add change text color on text editor in this theme editor

best regard

4 Star
by amitchell56 | September 10 2010


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by marwee | September 08 2010

I love what this does. I think there maybe a bug. When I lock my computer with VS2010 running VS crashes when I unlock the PC. The crashing stopped when I disabled the color theme editor. Hmmm, anyone else having a similar problem?

5 Star
by tdan10 | September 01 2010

Matthew Johnson, you rock

5 Star
by Magic Lynn | August 26 2010

Very nice

5 Star
by yzorg | August 03 2010

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by vvvijay | August 03 2010

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by Sujeet Saraf | July 31 2010

5 Star
by LordCheeto | July 29 2010

Very well done! Check out the Expression theme here:

5 Star
by andypaxo | July 23 2010

Great extension - really slick!

I have a feature request... could we associate a theme with a solution? This would really help when working across multiple solutions, especially when having multiple instances of Studio open at the same time.

4 Star
by Pete Stensønes | July 18 2010

Great tool. Sadly the current version breaks the workflow designer display. If you use WF then wait for an update.

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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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