Make visual studio 2012 look like 2012

Category: visual studio editor


Victor Selvaraj on Fri, 17 Aug 2012 21:11:23

Hi all, 

My group is switching all projects to 2012, but I completely hate the new interface. I work in a brightly lit cubicle. The "light" color scheme is too bright to read things clearly due to poor contrast of background to text, and the "dark" scheme is too dark, and since all my other tools are bright and its hurting my eye to adjust between windows.

I have three monitors and work on 3 IDEs at the same time to test and debug my platforms.

I want a way to switch the colors in VS2012 back to 2012 color schemes. Is there an extention/ skin / theme that I can use to accomplish this?

Thanks in advance


ITMAGE on Mon, 20 Aug 2012 05:17:29

Hi Victor:

"I want a way to switch the colors in VS2012 back to 2012 color schemes. " --- I think you meant 'back to 2010 color scheme', right? Thus far the answer is no. Microsoft apparently has indicated that it may look into making the theme editor available for 2012, but to me this won't be enough since the icons, windows separation and fonts also need changing.

This is a topic that has caused immense uproar by thousands of people ever since the beta, and so you are certainly not alone. Take a look at this for starters:

and this:

For me this almost unusable as it causes some major eye strain if I use it for more than about 20 or 30 mins. What's needed is an option for a complete VS2010 UI theme, and by complete I mean with all the original icons, colors, border separation, fonts etc. But thus far it would appear our requests have gone unanswered.


Đonny on Fri, 24 Aug 2012 15:10:20

The new version of VS (2012) is the ugliest one! Personally I think the best looking VS was 2008. Since then it's going down :-(.

The icons are so ugly, indistinguishable and non-standard that productivity of work with VS2012 is down by 50% :-(.

I hope Microsoft will realize this and fix this bug. Visual Studio is not consumer-oriented metroish toy. It's a tool for serious work - it must look modern and the design must serve developers, not some crazy designer's ambitions.

Maybe somebody will write an extension that will do something about the design. (Maybe I will.) It just seem as complete waste of time to work against Microsoft intentions and fix their mistakes while it would be much easier for them to do it.

Please everybody - vote on Uservoice. Whenever you have a change to talk to somebody from Microsoft repeat that VS 2012 is ugly. Maybe they will hear us.

I hope Metro will die and mistakes like this will die with it!