Sunday, October 9, 2011

Visual Studio Color Scheme (Dark Theme)

I use Visual Studio (VS) on a daily basis for work and personal project. Like most of the programmer, I have the default Visual Studio color theme which is the white color background. The bright white background make my eyes tired when I use VS for an extended period of time.

A few weeks ago I saw one of  the presenter at the .NET user group showing his demo with a dark color VS background. I thought that was awesome! I did some online searches and I found this website that enables you to easily browse and download different Visual Studio color schemes. From Scott Guthrie blog (You have to check his blog site out if you have not), these color schemes seem to work for both VS 2008 and VS 2010 (all versions – including the free VS express editions),

Here are a few of the color scheme choice at studio styles website. Awesome isn't it?

Once you download your desired color scheme, import it into your VS. If you are not familiar with importing the color scheme, here are the procedures.
1) In the Visual Studio, go to Tools -> Import and Export Setting..
2) Select Import Selected environment settings, and click next.
3) It's good idea to save your current settings in case you want to switch back to your current setting at later time. Choose Yes, save my current settings, give it a name and click next.
4) Browse to your newly downloaded color scheme file,
5) Click Finish.

And now your eyes are very excited of the new Visual Studio dark color scheme! Happy coding!

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