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!
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.
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 !!!
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
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.
Please download this file:
This is patched version of this extension. I only changed target version number. No more changes applied. It will install without an error.
Plus, I love VS2012 UI colors WITHOUT PANE/WINDOW BORDERS so, this theme for VS2013. This theme will change VS2013 to VS2012 look and feel.
Please note that, while import and create your own theme or even save, it shows an error message. But don't worry. It just works :) Just switch between themes and you will see that it is working.
This is the only solution until Microsoft create an extension for 2013...
In "Key Features", it says "Customize your editor fonts and colors from the Theme Editor UI".
However, I don't see any place to customize the fonts (i.e. Font family and bold checkbox) in the theme editor.
Am I missing something?
How can I import a *.vstheme file created with Visual Studio Color Theme Editor for VS 2010 into Visual Studio 2012 Color Theme Editor?!?
I put a lot of time into creating a comfortable theme for VS2010 and of course want to use that in VS2012 too!
One of the main reasons I wanted the Color Theme Editor was to tone down the glare from "pure white" window backgrounds, but I can't find any references to "Solution Explorer", "Server Explorer", etc., or even "background".
There are too my #FFFFFF's for me to experiment with them individually.
On my system, with VS2012 / Update 2, and with my "custom" copy of the "Green" theme:
• Solution Explorer: White background
• Server Explorer: White background
• "Installed Themes" of the theme editor: White background
• Class view (an exception): Control Panel window background color
Of course I'd GREATLY prefer most of these windows to simply honor the Windows "Control Panel" color (in my case, RGB 192,220,192 / money green), but failing that, I was was hoping that the Color Theme Editor would let me tone down the FFFFFF's to something less aggressive.
Thanks for making the CTE extension available!
P.S. I shouldn't have written that I couldn't find any "background", just not any background to the windows in question.
I's still really like to tone down the colors. I'll check back again in a few weeks.
Environment → Window
This controls the background of many windows, including Class View, Object Browser, Error List, and others.
TreeView → Background
This controls Solution Explorer, Server Explorer, and the per-theme editing page
Environment → StartPageTabBackgroundBegin
Environment → StartPageTabBackgroundEnd
These two affect the background of the content portion of Color Themes page (and the Start Page).
There are some "Text" colors that go with each of these--you can update these as well, if you need to change the default text.
Fantastic extension! I've used the 2010 version for a while now and it's even more useful (arguably essential!) in 2012.
I'm a fan of the dark themes, but would like to change it so the icon colors aren't inverted when using them. Is this currently possible?
I am trying to get rid of the horrendous VS2012 default theme because after 6 months of using it there is no way I can get used to it and I have had enough of staring at my screen trying to work out where to click my mouse. However, all the colour themes here are also horrendous. I got to this download through a blog where it said install the colour theme editor and select the 'blue' theme. There is no blue theme. I don't see the point in having themes which are all practically the same and all awful. How do I get something resembling VS 2010, which was a fine theme and nice to work with?
If you're unable to update to VS 2012 Update 2 for some reason, (newly introduced bugs is my reason) you need to get version 2.2 of the color theme editor. This is the last version to have the Blue theme. You can download version 2.2 from the Internet Archive at the below link since previous versions appear do not appear to be available on this site.
I thought that one of the most valuable aspects of the 2010 theme chooser was its isolation to the current vs session. It was easy to have several projects running and differentiate between them by giving them different themes. This version seems to globally change themes so you can't do that - is it something you can change?
This is unfortunately a behavior built into the way VS 2012 deals with themes. Themes immediately save in the registry and broadcast a notification that other Visual Studio instances are listening to.
The only way currently to create isolation is by running VS with a different /rootsuffix prefix. For example, you can run "devenv /rootsuffix Green" to create a completely isolated environment for everything (including themes). The downside, of course, is that every VS feature is isolated in this context, not just themes.
Here's a suggestion I'd like to see: sometimes I'll be working in Visual Studio and see a color that I'd like to change. It can be hard to figure out what the name of the item is so I can then change the color. What I'd like to do is go into some "find this color" mode where the theme editor uses the color at the current mouse location and shows all of the theme items that are set to that color.