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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.

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!


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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  • Can not install for Team Explorer
    2 Posts | Last post March 12, 2013
    • Can not install for Team Explorer:
      1. Not visible in Tools -> Extensions and updates...
      2. If I download and try to install vsix error displays: 'This extension is not installable on any currently installed products'. 
    • 12.03.2013 15:18:46 - Microsoft VSIX Installer
      12.03.2013 15:18:46 - -------------------------------------------
      12.03.2013 15:18:46 - Initializing Install...
      12.03.2013 15:18:47 - Extension Details...
      12.03.2013 15:18:47 -     Identifier      : 4df54bca-f28d-429e-8f72-1946d928bac9
      12.03.2013 15:18:47 -     Name            : Visual Studio 2012 Color Theme Editor
      12.03.2013 15:18:47 -     Author          : Microsoft
      12.03.2013 15:18:47 -     Version         : 2.2
      12.03.2013 15:18:47 -     Description     : 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.
      12.03.2013 15:18:47 -     Locale          : en-US
      12.03.2013 15:18:47 -     MoreInfoURL     : 
      12.03.2013 15:18:47 -     InstalledByMSI  : False
      12.03.2013 15:18:47 -     SupportedFrameworkVersionRange : 4.5
      12.03.2013 15:18:47 - 
      12.03.2013 15:18:49 -     SignedBy        : Microsoft Corporation
      12.03.2013 15:18:49 -     Certificate Info : [Subject]
        CN=Microsoft Corporation, OU=MOPR, OU=OPC, O=Microsoft Corporation, L=Redmond, S=Washington, C=US
        CN=Microsoft Code Signing PCA, O=Microsoft Corporation, L=Redmond, S=Washington, C=US
      [Serial Number]
      [Not Before]
        27.03.2012 1:19:05
      [Not After]
        27.06.2013 1:19:05
      12.03.2013 15:18:49 -     Supported Products : 
      12.03.2013 15:18:49 -                     Microsoft.VisualStudio.Pro
      12.03.2013 15:18:49 -                                     Version : 11.0
      12.03.2013 15:18:49 - 
      12.03.2013 15:18:49 -     References      : 
      12.03.2013 15:18:49 -                     -------------------------------------------------------
      12.03.2013 15:18:49 -                     Identifier   : Microsoft.VisualStudio.MPF.11.0
      12.03.2013 15:18:49 -                     Name         : Visual Studio MPF 11.0
      12.03.2013 15:18:49 -                     Version      : 11.0
      12.03.2013 1
  • VS updates remove custom themes
    1 Posts | Last post March 11, 2013
    • Any time I install an update or any other extension to VS2012, my custom color themes are removed from the list of color themes.  I have to totally recreate them.  Is there any way to keep this from happening?
  • No Menu?
    5 Posts | Last post March 04, 2013
    • How do I use this thing? I installed it, but do not see any menu item to access it anywhere within Visual Studio 2012 Professional.
    • I tried repairing the install and resetting the user settings. Nothing has worked. Please help.
    • The menu items should show up in the Tools menu, near the bottom by Options and Customize.  Tools\Customize Colors brings up a launching point for browsing and creating themes.  Tools\Change Color Theme\... can be used to quickly switch themes.  Let me know if these aren't working for you.
    • Matthew,
      Thanks for the reply. I don't have the "Tools\Customize Colors" menu option. The "Visual Studio 2012 Color Theme Editor" is installed and enabled.
    • I am experiencing this same problem too. Any help?
  • "This extension is not installable on any currently installed products"
    1 Posts | Last post March 03, 2013
    • I can't install it for some reason. Here is the install log:
        CN=Microsoft Code Signing PCA, O=Microsoft Corporation, L=Redmond, S=Washington, C=US
      [Serial Number]
      [Not Before]
        27/03/2012 7:19:05 AM
      [Not After]
        27/06/2013 7:19:05 AM
      3/03/2013 12:00:49 PM - 	Supported Products : 
      3/03/2013 12:00:49 PM - 		Microsoft.VisualStudio.Pro
      3/03/2013 12:00:49 PM - 			Version : 11.0
      3/03/2013 12:00:49 PM - 
      3/03/2013 12:00:49 PM - 	References      : 
      3/03/2013 12:00:49 PM - 		-------------------------------------------------------
      3/03/2013 12:00:49 PM - 		Identifier   : Microsoft.VisualStudio.MPF.11.0
      3/03/2013 12:00:49 PM - 		Name         : Visual Studio MPF 11.0
      3/03/2013 12:00:49 PM - 		Version      : 11.0
      3/03/2013 12:00:49 PM - 		MoreInfoURL  : 
      3/03/2013 12:0
  • change background color of toolbar, editor and solution explorer?
    1 Posts | Last post March 01, 2013
    • I can not find how to edit the background in:
      Toolbar (it has buttons: New, Open, Save, Undo/Redo, etc)
      Solution Explorer
      How do i edit those?. I want them in black :|
  • Unittests - Code Coverage Coloring
    2 Posts | Last post February 28, 2013
    • How do I change the "Code Coverage Coloring" in the text editor?
      I'm using the blue theme and I can't see any "code covering colors" at all.
    • I did a "devenv /resetuserdata" and now I can see "Code covering colors". :)
      Maybe my problem had something to do with having VS2010 on the same computer.
  • Do not change Text Editor colors
    2 Posts | Last post February 12, 2013
    • In my opinion, text editor colors should not be changed by this theme editor, or, at least, provide the option to bold certain tokens, since the default text editor syntax coloring allows it. Is there any workaround to making a token appear bold, or to ignore the theme editor's effect?
    • Nevermind, it seems to work now. I guess I was trying to change from the "Printer" colors or something. However, my suggestion to bold certain tokens from within the theme editor still stands. Not that it's a mandatory feature, since there's a workaround.
      This is a really great extension. I'd go as far as to say I actually prefer 2012's look when the Blue theme is applied. Thank you for your work!
  • Per-instance themes
    1 Posts | Last post February 11, 2013
    • Is there any chance of this working like the 2010 version where you could have each open instance of VS use a different theme?  I often work with 3 or 4 instances of visual studio open at a time and the ability to set the theme on each instance made it extremely quick to tell which project/branch I was currently in.
      In this current version if I switch the theme in one instance, it switches in all of them that are opened.
  • VS2012 Express in Spanish - Installation Failed
    1 Posts | Last post February 10, 2013
    • Hi!
      I thought I was alone in my dissapointment, but now I see I'm not.
      Nevertheless, I downloaded and 2clicked the downloaded file, but a dialog windows appears telling me it couldn't be installed in all products. Actually it is not installed at all!
      Is there any restriction because it is an Express edition, or maybe because the language? (Spanish).
      Thank you so much! That UI was kinda depressive.
  • Another VS 2012 User with No Theme Menu
    3 Posts | Last post February 08, 2013
    • Just saw this extension and got very excited about it.  Installed it from here, and no Theme menu.  Uninstalled it.  Installed it from inside VS 2012 NuGet.  No Theme menu.
      What to do?  Thank you.
    • In the 2012 version of the extension, what used to be a top-level Themes menu is now under the Tools menu, near the Customize and Options at the bottom.  "Tools\Customize Colors" brings up a start page for creating and editing themes, and "Tools\Change Color Theme\..." can be used to quickly change themes.
      If you really prefer the top-level Theme menu, you can use Tools\Customize to re-create the same experience by moving commands around.
    • Thank you Matthew.
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