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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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5 Star
by Jeff Van Dusseldorp | September 07 2012

My eyes thank you!

4 Star
by Stusta | September 06 2012

When it works it's beautiful! I can look at VS2012 again!

However I can't get it to work properly on Win Server 2008 R2. The THEME menu just displays "Theme List", "Dark" and "Customize Colors". Bummer!


As DiverseInternetSolutions said, it works by just going into Options. There are more Themes available.

5 Star
by Chris Lively | September 06 2012

Thank you.

5 Star
by Fernando A. Gómez | September 06 2012

Thanks a lot, so totally rocks! Love havin' my VS2010 theme back!

3 Star
by DiverseInternetSolutions | September 06 2012

Same as the other guys, only get Theme List (which just installs the Light Theme)and Dark theme from the THEME menu.

Running VS2012 Ultimate on Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit.

It doesn't work!


OK, just found that if you go to Options you can set the various themes in Environment->General

4 Star
by Ridge363 | September 06 2012

Matthew Johnson, you are my hero!

4 Star
by ThorstenRuf | September 06 2012

Have same behaviour as Stusta:
only Theme List, Dark and Customize Colors is in the menu.

I am working with Win7 Enterprise/VS 2012 Premium

5 Star
by Cox, Ken | September 06 2012

Bless you!

Is there a way to restore the attractive VS 2010 icons?

5 Star
by Paul M. Callaghan | September 06 2012

This extension makes 2012 enjoyable to use. Thank you for the effort.

5 Star
by Vincent Bruggeman | September 06 2012

Thanks much better

5 Star
by Megasoft2 | September 06 2012

Excellent alternative!


4 Star
by Jon Taylor 73 | September 06 2012

Thanks goodness for this! Almost there, just need to be able to change the icons and text (so there are no capitalised menus!)

5 Star
by ranga_vadhineni | September 06 2012

Super! really waiting to get 2010 theme for VS 2012.

These themes make VS 2012 more productive and gives developers more options to change the theme depending upon their taste.

VS Rocks...

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  • Error list -> inactive (unfocused) selected item
    1 Posts | Last post July 08, 2016
  • Dark Editor in SSIS, Light in Code
    1 Posts | Last post October 20, 2015
    • I like the Dark theme when using SSIS, but when in a script task I don't like writing code in the dark theme. Is it possible to only have a dark editor if not in code?
  • Request a working version for SSMS 2012
    3 Posts | Last post August 26, 2015
    • Matt is it possible for you to build a quick working copy of this tool for SSMS 2012?
      I had it working bases on the recommendations from this site listed bwlow and had it working. But then the second day it stopped working.
      If you can DBAs cross the world would be happier.  :-)
    • Matt,
      I did get it working again by removing the PublicKeyToken=  ############ from ThemeManagerPackage.pkgdef file.
      # are numbers/letters.
    • HI Jason,
      I smanaged to install into SSMS but after that how did you change the color? I cannot see any option! Would you help me please?
  • syntax colors disappear
    1 Posts | Last post September 14, 2014
    • Whenever i start to edit .cpp file, custom syntax colors are disappear.
  • method explanation colors
    1 Posts | Last post April 01, 2014
    • hi,
      I am using "light with dark editor" theme and i have a problem with the explanation area. I don't know the exact name of it, so I will explain: when I write an object name and press the dot, intellisense brings the usable properties and methods. And while I am moving on the methods with the arrow keys, an expalantion bubble pops that has information about the method or property. I want to change the colors of this bubble's text because I cannot see it with the current settings.
      Can you help me about this problem please?
  • Dynamic Changing of Color Scheme
    1 Posts | Last post March 28, 2014
    • Hello Matthew,
      Is there anyway to change the default color settings of the Fonts inside Tools/Options/FontsAndColors dynamically through code? I've figured out how to catch the Theme change event and I would like to switch my color scheme to predefined values after a theme switch, but I can't figure out how to access the color values through code. Would I have to somehow rewrite the registry values or is there an easier way to do this?
  • Document tab colours
    1 Posts | Last post November 12, 2013
    • Hi. On my copy of VS2012 the colour of the document tabs seems to be fixed: aspx forms and code behind get a rather nasty brick red, .cs classes a sort of British Racing Green. The document with the focus doesn't really stand out, particularly for green tabs and it sometimes takes me a while to realise I'm not on the tab I thought I was. This doesn't seem to be under the control of the theme editor - is there any way to change it?
  • Support for non-Professional versions?
    1 Posts | Last post November 07, 2013
    • I'm using VS 2012 as a component of Sql Server Data Tools. As such this is the "integrated" version, not "Professional. As a result I apparently can't install this extension, which is a bummer, because I can't stand the look of VS 2012!!!!
      Is there w reason why you can't support other versions?
  • Color Theme for Each VS Instance
    1 Posts | Last post October 24, 2013
    • Hi,
      The Color Theme Editor for VS 2010 let me set a color theme for each instance of VS while it was running.   That is, after I started an instance of VS 2010 I could select a Theme.  Then I could start a second instance of VS 2010 and set its Theme to a different color.  This made it easy to identify which instance I was working with.
      In VS 2012, if I have two instances running and change the color of one instance it also changes the color of the second instance.
      Is there any way to include the logic from the 2010 version.  It was very useful.
  • Broken VS
    1 Posts | Last post October 24, 2013
    • Hello,
      I installed the plugin while having my custom colors. I noticed that it changed some of the colors here and there and I tried to import them back from settings file. I realized that the studio has stopped importing colors and fonts. I uninstalled the plugin but this didn't fix the problem. So now I have a spoiled color theme and broken import settings feature. Also on every change of theme the font is reset to some strange font and I have to go change it manually from the options. All this is happening on VS 2012 Professional.
      Can you suggest any fix other than uninstall and install of VS?
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