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The dark and light contrast on the VS2010 IDE is not as comfortable on the eyes as the previous versions.

Any way of changing the colors on the IDE skin?

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migrated from May 14 '10 at 12:21

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StudioStyles has a large number of user submitted colour schemes available in VS2005, VS2008 and VS2010 formats.

Their FAQ has instructions on how to apply the schemes:

I can't open the .vssettings theme file I downloaded. What do I do with it?

You need to import the settings into Visual Studio. This might look like a lot of work, but it's pretty easy after you do it a couple of times.

  1. In Visual Studio, choose Tools > Import and Export Settings

  2. Choose Import Selected Environment Settings and select whether you want to back up your existing settings or not

  3. Click Browse... to choose the file you downloaded.

  4. You get a choice which settings you want to import - choose all of them since the file only contains color settings and won't touch your other VS settings.

  5. Click Finish and you'll see the new colors.

Note: if you save the file to My Documents > Visual Studio 2010 > Settings, you'll have quick access to choose the settings file in step 3 above.

Coding Horror 2010 is my particular favourite right now

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2 of your 3 links are already in previous answers! – Shevek May 14 '10 at 14:14

Scott Hanselman posted a very good blog entry on this very subject yesterday!

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