How to change Visual Studio 2019 Theme

Visual Studio 2019 is one of the best developer-friendly Integrated Development Environment (IDE) developed and maintained by Microsoft. Visual Studio can be used to develop a plethora of different applications such as Console Applications, Windows applications, Web applications, Next-generation Internet of Things, Machine Learning applications, and many more.

Visual Studio 2019 Editions

The current version at the time of writing in Visual Studio 2019 and is available in three editions

  1. Community Edition: It is a free version and can be downloaded and used by any individual without worrying about licensing issues.
  2. Professional Edition: It is a commercial version and is used by an individual or small organization having less than 250 installations or having an annual revenue of 1 Million Dollars or less.
  3. Enterprise Edition: It is also a commercial version and is used by large organizations, the enterprise version contains additional features like IntelliTrace, .NET Memory Dump Analyzer, Snapshot Debugger, Live Unit Testing, Code Coverage, Xamarin Inspector and Profiler compared to its peer versions.

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How to change the Pre-Installed Visual Studio 2019 theme

Visual Studio 2019 comes with 4 pre-installed themes they are: Blue, Light, Dark, and Blue with Extra Contrast. In order to change the theme the user needs to open Visual Studio Options Dialog, this can be done in the following two ways given below, and from the Dialog, the user can select the Color Theme of his choice.

  1. Press Control + Q and type “Themes” in the text box and select “Change environment color themes” from the given option. This will open the Options Dialog.

2. Open the Tools menu and select Options, this will open the Options Dialog, then select Environment node in it, and select “Color Theme” of your choice and click Ok.

Snapshot of pre-built themes

1. Blue Theme

Visual Studio 2019 Themes, Visual Studio 2019 Blue Theme
Blue Color Theme

2. Light Color

Light Color Theme
Light Color Theme

3. Dark Color

Visual Studio 2019 Themes, Visual Studio 2019 Dark Color Theme
Dark Color Theme

4. Blue Extra Contrast

Blue High Contrast Theme
Blue Extra Contrast Theme

Video Tutorial – Change and Import Themes

Installing External Themes from Visual Studio Marketplace

Apart from the pre-installed them, if you want to install an external theme, you can install it directly from Visual Studio using the Visual Studio Marketplace following the simple steps below

Step-1: Select Extensions Menu and Manage Extensions

visual studio 2019 extensions menu
Visual Studio 2019 Theme – Extensions Menu

This will open an “Manage Extensions Dialog

Step-2: Select Visual Studio Marketplace under Online Node

visual studio 2019 extensions dialog
Visual Studio 2019 Theme – Select Visual Studio Marketplace

Step-3: Search for Themes and select the theme you want.

visual studio 2019 install external theme
Visual Studio 2019 Theme – Search for Themes

Select the theme (I have selected One Dark Pro theme) you want and then click on the download button. After you download the theme, Visual Studio will schedule the installation on restart. Just restart Visual Studio, this will open the VSIX installer dialog click on the “Modify” button to install the theme.

Visual Studio 2019 VSIX installer
Click on Modify Button to continue theme installation

Step-4: Select the installed theme and apply

After successful installation, the theme will be available in the “Color Theme” options, select the installed one and click OK to apply changes.

Visual Studio 2019 Select Theme
Visual Studio 2019 Theme – Select the installed theme and click on OK Button

Step-5: Applied Theme Visual Changes

visual studio 2019 applied theme
Visual Studio 2019 Theme – External Theme Applied

Curious user can create a new theme or modify existing Visual Themes using “Color Theme Editor” provided by Microsoft DevLabs [download here] or can download “Color Themes” Microsoft DevLabs [download here]

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I hope you find the post on how to change the Visual Studio 2019 Theme helpful. Thanks for visiting. Cheers!!!

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