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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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by gr_____________________ | September 14 2012

Finally! Now I can start using VS 2012. Minor issue - hard to find the color I want to tweak among so many similar-sounding entries.

A simple bitmap with UI screenshot and most important entries pointed out could be helpful.

5 Star
by Kratz | September 14 2012

Very nice, I was able to the colors pretty close to how I want them.

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by carlovdango | September 14 2012

super cool but many many features to edit..maybe too many.

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by Petr Vones | September 14 2012

Thanks for the addin than can revert back to more contrast colors. Now I'd like to get rid of the ugly big window title bar wasting vertical resolution only without any added value. And of course, there are still color icons missing.

5 Star
by JimC146 | September 13 2012

Awesome! Was waiting for this!

4 Star
by Frank C_ | September 13 2012

The window colors are nice, but any chance of bringing back the color icons?

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by PDProgrammer | September 13 2012

I was quite happy to learn that they seemed to be listening and at least provided this add-on but given how many developers hate their default and given how they chose to remove the ability to change the look and given the fact that the express edition can't make use of this. Would it be a stretch to say that they purposely did this to give folks using the express editions more of a reason to buy their software?

It's almost like they found a great carrot and they're making the most of it. The express edition contains everything I need so it's not like I have to buy it but I can't help but wonder if they did this on purpose. Made a horrific looking GUI, took away our ability to change it, then basically said if you wanna change it you gonna have to pay.

5 Star
by Rainman_ctSA | September 13 2012

Great, works a charm and does what it says. Now I can have some variation to what I stare at all day long. Thanks for this!

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by j.Boekhoff | September 13 2012

Ok, nice to have a little bit more color around. But what I really miss is the possibility to change the icons to colorfull ones. And a special thank would go to that one, who makes the menues CamelCase. Who to hell decided to write it only in upper case?

5 Star
by Fuhr Software | September 13 2012

Thank you! I really disliked the stock dark and light themes. The themes that come with this are so much better.

4 Star
by Christoph067 | September 12 2012

works well so far. I love the green theme!

4 Star
by Daniel Petrik | September 12 2012

Thank you for possiblity to switch to Blue style theme. The uppercase menu is solved - I add in registry new dword value named "SuppressUppercaseConversion" with value 1 in
Now remains icons...

5 Star
by Powerspective | September 12 2012

Excellent! I was seriously considering reverting to VS 2010 because of VS 2012's horrible colors. The Color Theme Editor's Blue theme looks great.

4 Star
by MattHazz | September 11 2012

Thank Goodness for this! There was simply not enough contrast in the default color schemes. The default style was honestly impeading my ability to work quickly in the VS UI.

I find it odd that these gray on white design choices are being lumped into Metro Style. I am a Win Phone 7.5 user who loves metro... my phone isn't white on gray with all caps.. it is spledidly high contrast and easy to use.

5 Star
by Pirate99 | September 11 2012

Thanks for listening to your developer community and providing this!

4 Star
by DuelingCats | September 11 2012

Colors...finally. I know Microsoft is pushing hard for their unified metro theme, but it isn't everyone's cup of tea. I'm glad to see a bit of customization now. All we need now is some icon sets.

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by dvallis | September 11 2012

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by tommm45 | September 11 2012

Thank you for saving my eyes! Finally I'm able to use VS2012, as the default theme is a disaster. I hope someone finds the way to bring some colors to icons, but even now it's much much better than the default theme.

5 Star
by Heath Murphy | September 11 2012

Nice job with the plugin. As others have suggested, I'd only recommend that the main menu item be removed since colors are not set often.

5 Star
by HarrisonLogic | September 10 2012

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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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