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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 Lady Donna | March 12 2013

Does what it says on the tin. It really helps to reduce the ugliness of VS 2012. Next is to fix the ALL CAPS shouting, round off the square edges, redesign a curved icon, and we will be getting a lot closer to VS 2010 :-)

5 Star
by Azarien | March 08 2013

in the Auto Hide->Tab group, setting the Hovered Background color to a different color than Default Background, and then applying the theme causes a weird gradient to show up.

1 Star
by rookie1024 | February 28 2013

Not available for Express. I find the Light and Dark themes hard to bear and I would like some customization.

5 Star
by Paul Dowman | February 26 2013

Thank you so much.... with a nice blue theme applied to VS2012 my eyes don't feel like their out on stalks any more :)

As per lots of others... Microsoft shame on you.... I really think you're losing your way. Anyway I'm just off to build an msi for my windows service project in 2012..... oh, wait a minute I can't. doh!

3 Star
by MIkeTims | February 25 2013

Provides minimal support for a feature that should never have been left out of the original product anyway

5 Star
by Karel Kral | February 23 2013

4 Star
by JustinBailey | February 18 2013

please don't touch the font colors >_<

5 Star
by omw | February 13 2013

Very Well Done :-)

5 Star
by Xaggre | February 09 2013

5 Star
by Robert_Perdomo | February 06 2013

Very Good. It is a helpful tool for the developer. Thanks Microsoft

5 Star
by RyanVGates | February 05 2013

A great tool that simply works and adds color to the editor. Once again though, something that should be part of Visual Studio to begin instead of telling everyone to love staring at a gray-washed ide all day.

5 Star
by Dan Clarke | February 05 2013

Makes VS much less harsh on the eyes, definitely should have come as standard with RTM. Just need to fix the all-caps menu bar now:

5 Star
by AntRemo1 | February 02 2013

I typically don't rate/review things...but man am I happy this exists.

The 2 out of the box themee that come with VS 2012 SUCK! This is a life saver.

Thank you :)

5 Star
by Travis Spomer | January 30 2013

Essential. Makes Visual Studio 2012 a lot less soul-crushing.

5 Star
by Kevin Westwood Spiricon | January 30 2013

Makes it easy to alter look and feel. Very nice.

5 Star
by Andreas Vergison | January 28 2013

This is GREAT.
Suggestion: can a theme be linked to a solution? Imagine each solution a developer works on would have its own color scheme ...
Technically this would just require an extra property in the .sln file referring to that scheme.

5 Star
by lforbes | January 26 2013

PLEASE make one for Office 2013, as soon as possible would be nice. The themes are just horrible. I think you need to fire your artistic designers and hire some real graphic designers.

5 Star
by Stefan Zapf | January 20 2013

You just made my day. Thank you!

4 Star
by Roman313 | January 10 2013

conflicts with Visual Assist (C++)

after installed, Visual Assist tooltip colors are black.

5 Star
by Paul Ballard | January 08 2013

Great work!

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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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