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 theTools > Extensions and Updates
dialog, click on theOnline
section, and install theVisual 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 :-)