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Visual Studio 2012 Color Theme Editor

Microsoft Free

Allows users to create and edit Visual Studio themes. Themes can customize colors used for menus, toolbars, tabs, titlebars, the text editor, and other environment colors.

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2012
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9/21/2013
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4 Star
by Humaira Syed | March 10 2016

This is Amazing. Thanks for it.

4 Star
by H.Phuc | November 26 2015

4 Star
by Mr. Humphries | March 31 2015

This is a great extension! However, I almost invariably have more than one instance of VS running at a time so one one thing that would make it a fabulous five for me, is if I could set a theme for each solution. Please consider this!

Thanks.

4 Star
by Squirrel_Deng | March 17 2015

I'm happy to see this took.But why it only has five color exactly?Please bring the deep blue theme like 2010's for us!Thanks a lot!

5 Star
by Matt Moss | October 06 2014

5 Star
by Ed (DareDevil57) | August 14 2014

Awesome, thanks for this

5 Star
by fokytapia | July 29 2014

4 Star
by Sten2005 | May 30 2014

Some nice themes.

5 Star
by Sampath-Lokuge | May 02 2014

Excellent. :)

5 Star
by YvonneNeuland | March 07 2014

I absolutely love this add-on. I like to set all the different text editor font settings to different colors so that I can instantly recognize what each piece of code is at a glance. The built in options menu let you do this, but it was a total pain and took forever. With this add-on, it is a breeze. I love it.

3 Star
by LeonardoButelli | February 05 2014

I'm desperate.
Is there a way, an add-on, that let me change that FUCKY, SHITTY "old-style" CGA-like button ??
I want the "old" office 2010 style where folder icons where Yellow and the we could see better what there was inside a "button".

It's unbelievable that users HAVE to use "non standard" and "non offical" method to use this product.
Thanks to non-profit users we can continue to work with this product that while it has been improved a lot , it has became worste in grafic aspects and icons (HORRIBLE, SHITTY, UGLY .....).
Was it too difficult to give the user the opportunity to change the theme back to the well known and clear themes,grafic, icons .. etc ?
Was it too difficult the made this ?
People could choose if using the new shitty aspect or the "old" one.
It's called "metro-ui" ... i call it "UNDERGROUND-UI".
"Visual studio 2012/2013 for the blindness peoples......
it doesn't help to avoid...it makes us become !!!".
PS: The same is for Office 2013 ......

It makes me laugh a lot thinking that MS payed also a lot designers to achieve this UGLY result !!!!
HORRIBLE !!!

1 Star
by nossie | November 21 2013

THANK YOU MICROSOFT FOR FINALLY GIVING ME THE PUSH I NEEDED TO LEARN JAVA AND ECLIPSE. I WAS FAR TOO COMFORTABLE. DEALING WITH MICROSOFT FOR RELEASING APPS ON THE MARKET PLACE AND NOW THIS DIABOLICAL SKIN IN STUDIO MADE IT SIMPLY UNBEARABLE TO CONTINUE. I'M WRITING IN CAPS BECAUSE THIS SEEMS TO BE HOW YOU THINK WE SHOULD COMMUNICATE WITH TEXT!! NORMALLY I'D RESERVE IT FOR REMARKS LIKE "I HATE THIS FUCKING SKIN", SO MUCH SO THAT I STILL MAKE DO AND DEVELOP IN 2010.

I'm happy to see that I'm not just a grumpy old man yet and that there are zillions of others that are rightly pissed off over this heap of muck for a skin. This W8 iconolgy is utter bolox. It's nonsense that we have to spend time looking for this plugin.
Even after the effort put into this Editor they still packed more shit with it and onus is on you to make it look right. They still haven't got the message if they're including a poxy purple skin.
I think when Steve Jobs died his dirty black soul possessed Microsoft and decided to force all us all to doing only what they want.

This guy shows a decent hack for the VS2010 look
http://computerbeacon.net/blog/visualstudio2010iconsandt

4 Star
by StartedWithDOS | November 11 2013

I've spent quite a bit of time (slowly over time) making a VS-2010 style theme that works with this extension. It's a lot closer to the original VS-2010 than the "blue" theme that comes with this extension (better contrast, sharper text, etc.). I'm willing to share it, but I would want to upload it somewhere where anyone could get it. I don't know if there's a place dedicated to that. If you know of one, reply here so I can see it.

I've got several clear screenshots available.

5 Star
by Thiago Martins Coelho | November 01 2013

5 Star
by Leonardo Lourenço Silva | November 01 2013

Very NICE !!!

1 Star
by Andrey Dimitrov | October 24 2013

Spoiled my current colors.
Broke Import/Export settings VS functionality so that I can't reimport colors.
I will never ever install such thing.

5 Star
by Dario_T | October 18 2013

1 Star
by jhewett | October 17 2013

Doesn't import the Visual Studio 2010 Color Themes.

5 Star
by autumnyard | October 17 2013

It is as easy as customizing colors in vs2012 can be.

I haven't encountered any problem yet, nor I found anything else I wish this extension had, so 5 stars.

Is there a place to share themes already?

5 Star
by LoudRock | October 11 2013

Thank you!

The "bright white" of VS2012 was blinding me.

This makes it quick and easy to tone it down.

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  • Theme Location
    1 Posts | Last post September 12, 2012
    • Your themes are saved in the registry at HKCU\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\11.0_Config\Themes
      
      If you want to mix and match the themes, you can copy the respective Sub-key's Data value to another Theme.  I made green and blue themes with dark editors by doing this (moving the Text Editor data values over).
      
      There's also an "IsDesignable" DWord value that determines if it's a custom theme or not.  I'm not responsible if you break things by editing what you shouldn't.
      
      It's a basic UI, but just having something that works for changing the Metro-inspired vomit is nice.  I'm sure someone will put together a theme editor with comparison ability, a highlight function, a color dropper and hopefully an algorithmic colour selector, but until then, this'll do.
  • Theme List Disappeared
    7 Posts | Last post September 12, 2012
    • Everything worked fine yesterday but today when I wanted to edit my custom theme I can only see the "Dark" Theme (even though my custom theme is still applied).  Clicking Theme List doesn't do anything and clicking "Customize Colors" shows only two items in the "Copy colors from" combo box. The first is just a long GUID string (I assume my current theme) and the second is "Dark". 
      
      Does anybody know how to fix this as I don't want to go back to the ugly themes VS2012 shipped with.
      
    • Same problem here.
    • same problem here
    • My theme menu is gone. 
    • Same here, can't see Theme List. I have R#7 installed, temporarly removed.
    • I've the same problem after installing R#7.
    • For me R#7 wasn't the issue(which i do have installed), it was Just Trace from Telerik. I disabled that in the Add In's and restarted VS and bingo the list of themes showed up.
  • How to back up my themes
    1 Posts | Last post September 12, 2012
    • I love the ability to create my own themes, but where do they get saved?  I want to back them up along with my other VS settings.
  • Move switching menu out of sight
    1 Posts | Last post September 10, 2012
    • I would like to suggest to move the theme switching commands elsewhere - for example Options dialog, or Tools menu. The commands are not used very often, so they need not to occupy space in the main menu.
  • Separating syntax highlighting and UI colours?
    1 Posts | Last post September 10, 2012
    • Superb add-in, many thanks. However I have already customised the code syntax highlighting settings in VS2012. These get overridden when I change theme. Also, if I create a new theme by copying the default "Light" theme, the original (i.e. not my customised) syntax highlighting colours get uses in the new theme.
      
      It would be great if syntax highlighting and UI colours could be considered separate sets of settings by this add-in.
  • Thanks!
    1 Posts | Last post September 09, 2012
    • Thank you so much!
      
      Could-you tell me where the default themes you provide are located when the extension installs? I'd really merge the Blue theme with the dark editor, but at a source level, if possible
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