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I get a lot of attention at work because I am the only one who bothered to change the default color settings in Visual Studio. I just modified them myself. I can provide the settings file if anyone cares to import it.

Here's an example of how it looks.

Visual Studio 2005

It reminds me of DOS/BASIC programming before I actually knew how to program. I also find it to be very readable.

What color schemes do you use?!

EDIT: To clarify, I only edited the text settings. The windows and panels of VS2005 are still the windows default.

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There's now a site which is collecting Visual Studio themes from enthusiasts like us:

http://studiostyles.info/

Looks like there's a lot of good stuff there already.

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I use the Spooky one I think it is from Rob Connery, nice and dark.

Themes Gallery post on hanselman

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I use mine of course!. :)

Dark Visual Studio

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I have written a theme generator for Visual Studio themes. It's really simple (you input 3 colors -- it shoots out theme based on the contrasting values). Maybe it will be useful to some pepole... http://www.frickinsweet.com/tools

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Zenburn(Emacs version) or Arjen depending of the lighting in the room where I'm working. Zenburn feels easier for eyes when it's dark, but Arjen is better when you are using glossy screen on a sunny day.

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Here's my heavily modified version of the MidTones scheme

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added download link: here

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I took mine from Jeff's Blog posting:

Jeff's Blog Posting

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Here is mine:

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Xml color scheme:

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For visual studio settings: link

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I love reverse-video color schemes, though I prefer to keep "normal" text gray or white.

I normally use Vim's "torte" color scheme. I don't use Visual Studio much so I haven't changed the theme there (seems like so much work because of all the context menus, separate windows, and other stuff you'd have to deal with). I'll probably experiment a bit more now that people are posting links to VS themes.

vim screenshot with "torte"

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Something an old developer told me after I asked him about his dark color scheme -
"You have a high energy electron gun pointed at your head. how energetic do you want these electrons to be?"

ofcouse, that was back in the CRT age.

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I made my own Scheme

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you can download it here for Notepad++ , Komodo & Aptana

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Straight up GNU Emacs:

(if (or (eq window-system 'w32) (eq window-system 'x) )
    ( progn (global-font-lock-mode t)         ; colorize all files
            (set-background-color  "black")
            (set-foreground-color  "green")
            (set-cursor-color      "green")
            (set-face-foreground 'modeline "black")
            (set-face-background 'modeline "grey")
            (set-face-foreground 'region   "snow")
            (set-face-background 'region   "black")
            (set-face-foreground 'font-lock-comment-face "salmon")
            (set-face-foreground 'font-lock-function-name-face "skyblue1")
            (set-face-foreground 'font-lock-variable-name-face "gold3")
            (set-face-foreground 'font-lock-type-face "green3")
            (set-face-foreground 'font-lock-keyword-face "cyan")
            (set-face-foreground 'font-lock-constant-face "LightSlateBlue")
            (set-face-background 'fringe "grey20")

            (set-frame-width (selected-frame) 110)
            (set-frame-height (selected-frame) 55)
            ) )
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Here's my take on Jeff's dark theme:

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and also for XAML editor:

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zenburn (VS settings file) - easy on the eyes.

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modified SciTE - nothing fancy but it aint easy finding an editor that makes CF look good.

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I'm going to buck the trend, I have been programming for a very long time and I turn off most syntax coloring. I do black text on a white background, except dark blue for comments and dark green for string constants, that's it.

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I like a dark theme but most of the dark theme's I've seen so far are a bit too much for me ;-) so what I did is combine some of the dark themes from Jeff's blogpost and Scott's list and merged them to my own theme.

Customized theme inspired by the collections from Jeff Atwood and Scott Hanselmann

It's a shame my current employer does not have Visual-Assist X, it looks even better then.

Edit: I have both Visual Studio and Notepad++ (for almost every language) configured in the same themes :)

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I use a colour scheme based on StackOverflow:

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Can be downloaded here: http://www.paulstovell.com/paulstovell-color-scheme

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I usually use the default Intellij theme (white background, black text), but in the past I have used and enjoyed a slightly modified Dark Pastels, and Angry Fruit Salad.

Dark Pastels: alt text

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Background: White

Text: Black

Tags/Functions: Blue

Attributes: Navy

Comments: Dark Green

Strings: Different Shade of Dark Green

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Can't go past John Lams Vibrant ink Theme myself - I like the Borland Vibrant theme on the Hanselman link too.

Last place I contracted at were all using the standard Vs theme, and by the time I left they all were using the Vibrant Ink theme or something similar.

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Vibrant Ink is a very nice color scheme. I spend most of my time these days in Notepad++ and the Ruby Blue Port was the only one I can find. It's a good thing I'm quite fond of it. There is a similar Visual Studio Port.

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black on black

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I created a script which each time it is called creates a gnometerm with a different colored background using gnometerm's profiles. It cycles through a series of profiles each of which has a foreground text color of black, and a background color that's some pale blue, green, orange, red, yellow, etc. It tie this script to an icon on the panel.

The effect is more or less like black on white, in that the coloration is subtle enough that it doesn't draw attention to itself, but enough so that your mind knows "the yellow one is for compiling", the "blue one is vi editing my program, and the green one is a vi editing a header file." etc.

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I recently wrote an article about designing a theme for VS2010:

http://www.hackification.com/2010/05/16/designing-a-vs2010-color-scheme-consistency-consistency-consistency/

I've tried to put a bit of thought into it - rather than the usual "pick random colors that sort of match".

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I use this one in Emacs.

Built with this

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Cobalt for the win. Before Cobalt I would get quite bad eyestrain, with it things are very easy and cruisy. I find the blue quite relaxing too, never hurts my eyes.

The theme is available for Aptana (Eclipse), Textmate and Espresso. Pity it isn't there for Coda :-(

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Background: gray background Text: light gray Comments and JavaDoc: light green Attributes: purple Keywords: light blue

RANT This is one of the down falls of Eclipse, in how hard it is to keep color scheme's between versions. There is about 7 places to make changes and you still don't get them all. END RANT

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The black & white one.

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Yellow on black provides the best contrast. I always change my command shells to look like that.

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I used a bright colorscheme in vim: lingodirector

It's name is lingodirector jfyi. ;)

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I use Moria Alternate but I've replaced the default Deja Vu Sans Mono with Consolas

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I use Oren Ellenbogen's Dark Scheme but slightly tweaked so that the fonts are a little smaller and some of the colours are a little more obvious

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I have used a similar program, but I'm finding myself drawn towards a scheme where a parchement-y color is the background more.

Although I can't seem to find one for notepad++.

I'm pretty sure there's a famous scheme with that approach, but I can't remember it.

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Here is my own Color Scheme, i am using in Netbeans.

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I use Inkpot for both Vim and Visual Studio 2008. I changed mine slightly to use Liberation Mono for the font.

Inkpot screenshot

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I used Borland Pascal a lot when I was young, so I seem to add a bit of blue to the dark schemes every time. But only a slight tint.

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Can be downloaded here

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Lets check ZENBURN color scheme for visual studio.net. Refer below mentioned url.

http://writebypen.blogspot.com/2010/01/color-scheme-for-visual-studio-zenburn.html

This color scheme is used to work with low light condition.

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I actually love standard Eclipse theme.

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I'm using this one, I think.

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I use the default Visual Studio theme, but I have two plugins that add more colour: Codekana (brackets and control statements) and Visual Assist (types, variables, macros, and methods).

I spend more time in GVim, and I like the desert colorscheme. I recently started developing my own variant on desert called sandydune that adds more colouring.