Visual Studio 2012 / VS2012 Dark Theme (Custom Theme)

I never understood the big deal about customizing the colors of your IDE and I particularly never understood the black and white craze … until recently :)
I installed the Visual Studio 2012 Color Theme Editor form the Tools / Extensions and Updates …

VS2012_ExtensionsAndUpdates

and realized that the Dark theme (which came with the extension) instantly helped me see better and was much easier on the eyes (I always though that argument was BS … ignorance is a bliss right …).
At the same time I was experimenting with Sublime Text 2 and after switching to its Sunburst theme I realized that VS 2012 needed an even darker theme for me to call it “home”.

So here are few screens of how the final theme (Dark_Akrion) looks like:

Screen_1

Screen_2

Fell free to downloadDark_Akrion

How to Install?

Step 1: Download the theme from the link above
Step 2: Download the Visual Studio 2012 Color Theme Editor (as shown on the first image in the article)
Step 3: Go to Tools / Customize Colors:

VS2012_Customize_Colors


Step 4
: Click on Import Theme:

VS2012_ImportTheme

Step 5: Enjoy :)

Born in a small country in the Balkans called Bulgaria (commonly mistaken by the geographically inclined westerners as Siberia), @krion spend most of his childhood being deceived that his existence mattered and that he can change the world one school year at a time.

3 Responses to “Visual Studio 2012 / VS2012 Dark Theme (Custom Theme)”

  1. Jim Reply

    In your signature, I don’t think you mean “geographically inclined.” Someone who is geographically inclined would probably *not* mistake Bulgaria for Siberia ; )

  2. lee Reply

    OMG, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. Been trying to figure out what colors to hit. Couldn’t find the text background color.

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