Changing your colors in Visual Studio.NET - Black versus White
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I run my Visual Studio.NET with Consolas 15pt and have since I discovered Consolas. I like to run at a big(ger) font for a few reasons. First, it looks best at 15pt. 16pt? Crap. 13pt? Please. I also run it with a white (paper-like) background and the default colors. I also tend to run FullScreen with SHIFT-ALT-ENTER.
More and more though I hear that folks are vibing on the black background again. Personally, I've always found the black blackground folks to be a little creepy - just a little too black t-shirt, if you know what I mean.
Lately, though, it seems, that folks I respect have been trying the black background thing. A while back Atwood blogged about this.
There's a lovely theme for Mac folks running TextMate using the Monaco Font by this fellow at Vibrant Ink.
Folks with "TextMate Envy" can get a free Monaco Font for Windows here. Since that was so easy to find, I figured I'd try black background world also. But not just "switch to black background," no, no, that'd be too simplistic. I need to pump up the color on the foreground as well.
Now, that doesn't look too bad. Here's what I did from Tools|Options inside Visual Studio.NET
- Changed the font to Monaco in Environment|Fonts and Colors under "Text Editor"
- Plain Text - White
- Line Numbers - Silver
- Comments - 213,0,213 (Purpley)
- Identifier - 253,223,57 (Mustardy)
- Keyword - 244,122,0 (Orangey)
- Operator - White
- String - Lime
- UserTypes - 179,179,0 (Mustardy)
I think I'll leave it like this for a while and see what happens.
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Now, gray background people? Well, they're just freaks. ;)