VS 2012 makes my eyes burn!

October 16, 2012

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We recently upgraded to Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 at work and my first impression was that of staring at the sun... my eyes!  The default theme is a stark white-ish color, referred to as Light in the Options dialog.

Great, the UI is burned into my corneas, thanks M$!

If the searing whiteness of Light is too much to handle, you have one other option, Dark, which I find equally as jarring.

Who died my code black?  Or, is this the bastard child of Photoshop CS6 and Visual Studio 2010?

Luckily there is a quick fix, which has been around since Visual Studio 2010, simply navigate to the

Tools > Extensions and Updates

dialog, click on the


section, and install the

Visual Studio 2012 Color Theme Editor


Make the hurting stop, Extensions & Updates!

This gives you a number of different options, I find the Blue theme to be soothing and serene like gazing into a digital meadow...aaaahh...

Cerulean blue is like a gentle breeze

Ok, I admit the Light and Blue themes aren't that different  but when you're glued to this UI for hours on end it's the little things that matter :-)

Owen Soule

Published October 16, 2012