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Visual Studio 2012 Color Theme Editor

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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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4 Star
by Humaira Syed | March 10 2016

This is Amazing. Thanks for it.

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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!


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 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 !!!!

1 Star
by nossie | November 21 2013


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

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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  • Pick-up Windows Color option?
    2 Posts | Last post October 17, 2013
    • Hi I have setup my windows colours so that I don't feel like I'm staring at the sun all day with the glaring white paper that is Visual studios default.
      However I cannot see (no pun intended) how to change VS2012 workspace background colours to my windows colour.
      It would be good if there was an option to Pick-up the windows (theme) colour either entirely or per item.
      Until I can change the paper colour I'll have to give VS2012 a miss or ask my lawyer about what come back on MS there would be for consequential damage from using the UI (joke).
      Please help us that customise windows colours for Usability reasons!!!!
    • I can think of two options:
      1. Use a High Contrast windows theme, and customize those colors.  In this case, Visual Studio will use only Windows theme colors.
      2. Customize Visual Studio colors using this extension to be what you want (perhaps starting from the Dark theme is closer to what you want).
      The big problem with "using Windows colors" is that Windows exposes a very, very small set of colors, but Visual Studio is a complex application that requires more nuanced color choices.  This extension currently gives you maximum control over that nuance.
  • SSIS designer background colors
    2 Posts | Last post October 15, 2013
    • What element in the Theme Editor determines the background color when working with SSIS packages?  Specifically the Control Flow and Data Flow pages.  I copied the Dark installed theme and wanted to tweak a few colors, but leave the background like it was in the installed theme.  However it changes the background color to an off-white color after copying the installed theme.
    • I'm not familiar with SSIS packages, but based on the description of the problem, my guess is that its UI has handled theming incorrectly in some way (perhaps their "Dark" colors are tied specifically to that theme's ID rather than defining colors that can be redefined for any theme).
  • Feature request: colour preview?
    3 Posts | Last post October 01, 2013
    • The standard "fonts and colors" dialog in VS has a preview box that shows a sample line of code in the selected colour. This is helpful for visualising the colour in context and is the only thing I miss from this extension.
      Any chance of implementing that, either in this or the 2013 version? Thanks.
    • That would be a great feature--I will add that to my list.  For the colors that come from Fonts & Colors, it should be straightforward to show the same type of preview.  For colors that are outside the editor, there's not currently metadata about what type of text to draw on that color in all cases, so that may be trickier to implement.
    • Awesome, thanks for listening :-) 
  • Compatible with 2013???
    3 Posts | Last post September 23, 2013
    • I love this extension, but it doesn't appear to be compatible with VS 2013 RC 1. Any idea when that might be available? Thanks for GREAT work.
    • I've just uploaded the 2013 version today (available here:  You should be able to export custom themes from 2012 and import them in 2013.  Feedback about the import experience is appreciated!
    • I downloaded and installed this as soon as I came in this morning. The import process was totally painless. In fact, it picked up my existing themes and even applied the one that I was using in 2012, exactly what I had wanted!! Thank you for your continued efforts to make my coding world a more colorful place!!
  • Earlier Versions Created Extensions for Themes
    2 Posts | Last post September 21, 2013
    • Earlier versions of this extension seemed to create extensions (& possibly VSIX files for them), but the only method for saving/sharing themes in the current version of this extension seems to be exporting/importing vstheme files.
      The VSIX method was a far easier (& more reliable) way to be able to save a theme, then install it later (say after a machine rebuild). I don't seem to be able to find where the VSIX files were stored, but I can see that extensions have been installed in the Extension Manager in VS 2012.
      Why was the VSIX method removed? And will it be restored (no pun intended) in a near future version of this extension (particularly for VS 2013)?
    • I don't believed the extension ever directly supported saving VSIX files, although that is a great feature request. I will definitely consider exposing this as an export scenario!
  • Theme per solution
    2 Posts | Last post September 11, 2013
    • Hi, i'm working on different releases of the same project, and I wonder if this extension allows me to define a different theme for each solution in order to easily identify in wich version I'm.
    • This extension doesn't let you do this.  Visual Studio inherently supports only one theme per registry location.  You can launch Visual Studio with an alternate registry location, and that Visual Studio instance would be able to have a different theme, but it would also have completely isolated settings for every other Visual Studio feature.
      If you want to try it out, just run "devenv /rootsuffix MySpecialSettingsGroup".
  • Crashes everytime I edit custom theme
    2 Posts | Last post September 11, 2013
    • This was occasional initially, now it's consistent. Cannot edit themes anymore as it crashes vs2012. I can provide more details if needed.
    • Can you please provide the callstack from the crash?  You should be able to get this callstack if you attach another Visual Studio debugger to Visual Studio.
  • Please Re-add Blue Theme for those who don't want to patch VS2012
    3 Posts | Last post August 16, 2013
    • Blue theme was removed in 2.3 with note that blue theme is now available in VS2012 Update 2.
      Update 2 link is broken however there is a link for Update 3. I don't however wish to download this patch (which is rather large), i only want the blue skin. Can someone please either host the blue skin or provide a link to version 2.2 of the Color Theme Editor before the blue skin was removed.
      Many thanks,
    • Blue.pkgdef
      Tools > Customise Colours > Import Theme
      Note: This blue.pkgdef is from 2.2, i havent tried importing it into 2.3 but hopefully it will work.
    • How do I install this Extension in VS 2012? I'm new to VS and don't see anything on how to add this?
  • url color in dark theme
    1 Posts | Last post July 18, 2013
    • Where can I change the hyperlink color from dark blue? In the dark theme it is almost impossible to read.
      One example is when I publish the output window contains a hyperlink. Another example is in the source control explorer when source control is disconnected. 
  • What happened to the Blue Theme?
    1 Posts | Last post July 17, 2013
    • I can't see the VisualStudio 2010 Blue theme color on the themes. Does it was removed? If doesn't, how can I get it?
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