Visual Studio 2013 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 SlavoSS | January 12 2016

by copa017 | November 16 2015

The tool would be awesome, but VS freezes when scrolling through the color cutomize page. (VS2013 upd5, Win7/64)

by Joe Baker | October 29 2015

Windows 10 Home
Visual Studio 2013 Professional

Install Error : Microsoft.VisualStudio.ExtensionManager.MissingTargetFrameworkException: The extension 'Visual Studio 2013 Color Theme Editor' requires a version of the .NET Framework that is not installed.

by Scott Oseychik | September 24 2015

Fails on Windows 10 with VS Ultimate:

9/24/2015 2:26:05 PM - Install Error : Microsoft.VisualStudio.ExtensionManager.MissingTargetFrameworkException: The extension 'Visual Studio 2013 Color Theme Editor' requires a version of the .NET Framework that is not installed.

by Brian11111 | July 06 2015

by TysonJ | June 27 2015

A piece of shit. I wasted 30 precious minutes of my life dicking around with these random settings. This wouldn't be necessary if VS didn't look like ass to begin with.

by Christian Macklin | June 14 2015

Easy to use, very fast, love it.

by yalcinyoung | June 05 2015

Excellent
Thank you very much
super design

by RJain_SMRH | May 14 2015

by Michael Tomasch | May 14 2015

Couldnt have been easier to install,
ran the installer launched visual studio
and began coding withing 60 seconds. The
themes are great, and couldnt have asked
for it to be any easier.

by ootomaskooo | May 10 2015

Doesn't install on Visual Studio Community with Update 4.

by Yann Duran | April 29 2015

If it wasn't for this extension, I would never have even started using VS 2012. I'm so happy that it eventually came to VS 2013 as well.

I *really* don't understand why this functionality hasn't been included in VS itself. Surely MS has heard by now that their customers want to be able to have more than 3 preset choices, and to be able to *customize* their working environment.

You only have to look at how many time this extension has been downloaded. And that doesn't count the unhappy people who have never even heard of this extension. Let's hope that MS has finally rectified this in VS 2014.

by 1antares1 | April 14 2015

Maravillado por el complemento.
5 puntos y van corto.

Saludos.

by sundarrjn20 | April 11 2015

Excellent Editor and its free of cost that makes this app more interesting. Am working on this editor for the past 3 months in office as well as in home.

I didn't find any issues with this. Only concern i want to tell to Microsoft developers is, Buddies give some more color schemes to this excellent and innovative app

Thank you Microsoft!!!

by Tim Abell | April 02 2015

Typical bloody microsoft throw it over the fence and abandon it. Where's the github repo? How do you contribute fixes and improvements? Where's the author's responses to *any* q&a or reviews on this site. So close but yet so far as usual.

There has been plenty of feedback over *years* that there are problems with colour choices that could easily be fixed, but *nothing* has been done, not even the courtesy to respond.

I long for microsoft's demise so I don't have to put up with this kind of closed source freeware crap any longer.

#fail

by Ondřej | March 13 2015

Playing with colors when I get bored from coding raises my mood.

by Baris Konag | January 16 2015

A perfect plugin. But dark editor now has some problems in visual studio 2013 with the latest update.

by Stormjack | December 18 2014

This is a great tool. It would warrant 5 stars if it had better documentation with pictures. In VS 2013, I had difficulty finding the correct settings for some areas, like dialog background colors. This was particularly difficult with a dark theme that I customized from the installed "Dark" theme. For a few settings that were difficult to identify, I resorted to using the VS menus of Tools > Options > Environment > Fonts and Colors, and paging through the various colors.

Please consider putting an "Export Theme" button next to the "Edit Theme" and "Create Copy of Theme" buttons that appear in the custom themes selection boxes. It's not readily apparent that you can export a theme by first selecting "Edit Theme" and then choosing the "Export Theme" button. I was eventually able to find it, but it took several minutes of hunting.

by Nadim Kobeissi | November 22 2014

Thank you for this! Wonderful addition to VS. Superb.

by gr_____________________ | November 13 2014

Can't live without it - I wish this kind of color tweaking available on Windows 8+, to customize OS colors for all apps (hardwired bright white background is killing my eyes).

While not without some glitches (e.g. "Fonts & Colors" getting out-of-sync), 5*.

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  • How do I change Text Color in the Object Properties Window >
    1 Posts | Last post January 21, 2016
    • i know by now how to change color of text in Solution Explorer:
      
      TreeView / BackGroundText ...
      
      this probably can be done to the Properties Window too ?
  • main tab and solution explorer background colour
    2 Posts | Last post December 22, 2015
    • how is it possible to change the main tab and solution explorer background colour from the theme editor UI  
    • like for instance i want to use Solarized(Dark) but i want the background to be white
  • Keep settings from fonts and colors
    1 Posts | Last post December 18, 2015
    • How can I switch a theme without it affecting fonts and colors settings?
      
      I just want to change the theme of the shell, not of my settings.
  • Will not install for VS2013 on Windows 10CTP
    9 Posts | Last post November 09, 2015
    • I get the following error:
      The extension could not be installed because the following error occurred:
      The extension 'Visual Studio 2013 Color Theme Editor' requires a version of the .Net Framework that is not installed.
      
      
      What version is required?
      I have 4.5+
    • I have same problem on Windows 10 Technical Preview, Please fix this issue i realy want this tool.
    • Same here.
      Even though, according to the Web Platform Installer, the .NET Framework 4.5 is installed, the plugin installer doesn't recognize it.
      
      Additionally, if I list directory C:\Windows\Microsoft .NET\, I can see versions 2, 3, 3.5, 4, but not 4.5 .
    • Also on windows 10 with the same error
    • Ok, I got this to work on windows 10. The quick fix. 
      Download the vsix file above. 
      Open it as a zip file. 
      Edit the .vsixmanifest file
      remove the .net dependency
      install
    • @JonnyRocks
      Thanks! That worked for me. A new trick to add to my toolbox.
    • to JonnyRocks
      Thanks!
    • @JonnyRocks
      Thank you! I hava fix it !
    • @JonnyRocks
      Thanks you so much.I fixed it just now
  • Unable to install
    2 Posts | Last post August 30, 2015
    • VS2013 cannot be installed under win10. Because there is no specific version of the dot net Framework, but I installed all dot nte netframe version
    • @尽管如此世界依然美丽,
      
      I have Win10 Pro as well, and encountered this issue. Make sure .NET 4.5+ is installed on your system, my copy came with VS2015, but since i have a few VS2013 projects we cant transfer yet i had to make these work.
      
      Heres what i did, worked like a charm.
      1. Create a shortcut to the Vs2013 VSIX Installer at "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0\Common7\IDE\VSIXInstaller.exe"
      2. Download the Extension Manually.
      3. Open in your favorite Zip program and copy the "extension.vsixmanifest" out.
      4. Open in a text editor and comment out the "<Dependency Id="Microsoft.Framework.NDP" DisplayName="Microsoft .NET Framework" Version="4.5" />" line, its standard XML and save.
      5. Copy modified file in to VSIX package overwriting the first.
      6. Install (drag+drop over our Installer shortcut)
      
      It should now just work on your next launch.
      
      My hunch is, .NET 4.5 on Win10 has a different dependency identifier, or for some reason isnt detected by the installer.
  • it's can not be installed.
    3 Posts | Last post August 30, 2015
    • The extension "Visual Studio 2013 Color Theme Editor" requires a version of the NET framework that is not installed.
      
      vs version: visual studio 2013 update 4.
    • windows version is win10
    • @Eden Lee,
      I have Win10 Pro as well, and encountered this issue. Make sure .NET 4.5+ is installed on your system, my copy came with VS2015, but since i have a few VS2013 projects we cant transfer yet i had to make these work.
      
      Heres what i did, worked like a charm.
      1. Create a shortcut to the Vs2013 VSIX Installer at "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0\Common7\IDE\VSIXInstaller.exe"
      2. Download the Extension Manually.
      3. Open in your favorite Zip program and copy the "extension.vsixmanifest" out.
      4. Open in a text editor and comment out the "<Dependency Id="Microsoft.Framework.NDP" DisplayName="Microsoft .NET Framework" Version="4.5" />" line, its standard XML and save.
      5. Copy modified file in to VSIX package overwriting the first.
      6. Install (drag+drop over our Installer shortcut)
      
      It should now just work on your next launch.
      
      My hunch is, .NET 4.5 on Win10 has a different dependency identifier, or for some reason isnt detected by the installer.
  • Can We Have This Open Source (GitHub)?
    2 Posts | Last post July 18, 2015
    • https://github.com/olegsych/T4Toolbox/issues/14#issuecomment-122160212
      
      Would it be possible to release this to Microsoft On GitHub? (http://microsoft.github.io/)
      
      
    • Specifically: Microsoft.VisualStudio.PkgDef (supporting other projects which use PkgDef format). 
      
      Documentation about the specific format would be an additional plus, but, could be filled-in by the community if released.
  • NullReferenceException when importing partial .pkgdef theme files
    1 Posts | Last post July 18, 2015
    • The Color Theme Editor encounters an error when importing partial .pkgdef theme files used by Visual Studio extensions. (Details: https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/1558707).
      
      This is an important scenario for third-party extension developers because the Color Theme Editor is the only publically available tool that could be used for generating and maintaining partial .pkgdef theme files. (Details:  https://github.com/olegsych/T4Toolbox/issues/14)
      
      What are the plans to support extension developers?
      
      
      
  • Import Color Themes on Computers Without This Extension?
    1 Posts | Last post June 27, 2015
    • Is it at all possible to import the themes we make here on a computer that doesn't have Visual Studio Color Theme Editor? That would be cool if you could. If you can, could you import a color theme into VS 2015? It feels weird trying to use VS 2015 RC without my color theme.
  • Will there be a version for 2015?
    1 Posts | Last post June 24, 2015
    • Recently I installed Windows 10 to my computer and VS2013 didn't work, so I changed to the 2015 RC to find out this did not exist! Will this awesome plugin be updated to 2015?
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