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Themes for the Visual Studio 2010 IDE

I was searching for an Visual Studio extension which can theme the Visual Studio 2010 IDE , and found this nice extension “Visual Studio Color Theme Editor” created by Matthew Johnson .

This Exension allows the developers to customize Visual Studio 2010 color palette used for menus, toolbars, tabs, title bars etc.

The extension is simply Cool and it was one of the feature that i was looking for in Visual Studio 2010 which is now .

The extension makes Visual Studio look like whatever color you want. 🙂

You can Download the Extension here or

You can use the Extension Manager inside Visual Studio 2010 and search for “visual Studio color Theme editor”. and install it from there  .

Once you install,Visual Studio 2010 Color Theme Editor, you will find a “Theme” menu option.

The Theme Menu will list the available Themes for Visual Studio 2010 like

  • Windows Aero
  • Default
  • Windows XP Classic
  • Windows XP Blue
  • Windows XP Silver
  • Windows XP Olive
  • Autumn
  • Emerland etc.

You can also create your own Themes.

My Visual Studio 2010 now looks Colorful and simply rocks.

Here are some of the screenshots of the themes for Visual Studio 2010.

Windows XP Silver

Windows XP Olive

Windows XP Blue



Senthil Kumar B
Senthil Kumar is a former Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional). He is a Co-Author of the book "Windows 10 Development Recipes using JavaScript and CSS" for Apress Publication. He is a technical presenter, blogger, mentor and a Geek.  Senthil is a regular speaker is various local user groups. He has presented at conferences like Great Indian Developer Summit (GIDS) & Microsoft DevCamps. You can reach out to him via his Twitter handle @isenthil.