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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 Pavel Minaev [MSFT] | April 20 2010

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by akuma_chang | April 19 2010

Well Done~~

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by Chris Pietschmann | April 17 2010

Works Great with Visual Studio 2010 RTM!

Also, I agree that a black theme like Expression would be great.

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by Ahmed Ayad | April 17 2010

God bless you man! I hated the original theme.

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by Herr W. _ | April 15 2010

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by Les_NZ | April 15 2010

FANTASTIC! Thank you!

Count me as one who hated the default "dark" theme of VS 2010. Love the traditional "Windows Classic" theme. If there's one group of consumers to whom continual reskinning doesn't appeal, it would have to be programmers.

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by Cox, Ken | April 14 2010

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by Marco Ragogna | April 13 2010

Fantastic! I can finally create by black edition version :D

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by José Ángel Fernández | April 03 2010

A black theme like Expression Suite would be great! :)

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by Steven Wilssens | April 02 2010

very cool!

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by MoRsLT | March 22 2010

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by FKorb | March 20 2010


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by nvdnvd | March 15 2010

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by JohnSheehan | February 11 2010

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by Zergling | February 11 2010

Cool. That's what I'm looking for! =)

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by Andrey Salnikov | February 11 2010

Hi Matthew,

Unfortunately them editor does not allow to edit color of active vs solution item (selected but not in focus - now it has light-light gray color) - this is the main disadvantage for me in line of VS products. I've worked on VS for 6 years and quick search of selected item in vs solution explorer is great problem for people like me with -5 myopia. Could you please help us and include such support in this great tool or may be another solution already exists?

Anyway, thanks for this great plug-in,

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by Weston Hutchins - Admin | February 11 2010

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by Kirill Osenkov - MSFT | February 10 2010

This is absolutely brilliant! Finally a terrific showcase of why we moved to WPF.

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by Padcom | January 21 2010

It'd be great if it would support the express editions as well...

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by Gopal Chavan | January 11 2010

Great. Will it enable themes for published applications ?? Could you please make it support Visual Studio 2008 ??
Great Work.

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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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