Dark Visual Studio W/ Resharper – My VS Settings (Colors, Windows Layout, …) – V2


I blogged my old Visual Studio settings before for Visual Studio 2005, using a dark color theme and optimizing it for Resharper features like Resharper colorings and “Current Line Highlight”.

Today I’m sharing with you my settings for VS 2008. Things have changed a bit since the first time, so, you’ll find the layout different and colors as well, although still dark as well.

The one thing to notice is using “Lucida Console” font instead of the popular “Consolas”. Also, if things look a bit small to you, this is because I’m using “Lucida Console” with size 9, and my entire Windows OS layout is using “Arial Unicode MS” font with size “7”. It’s killing for someone with sight shortage, but you never get enough of a 15 inch laptop screen, even if wide one!

By the way, the version of Resharper used with VS 2008 is the latest of the nightly builds of Resharper 4. The best thing I like about it besides supporting C# 3.0 of course is the performance improvements. Now “Solution Wide Analysis” is off by default and I still get most of the features I need of Resharper. Maybe This is the reason for the massive performance increase or whatever the reason, it’s just nice.

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You can download my settings right here:

File iconVS_Dark_Colors-W-Resharper-20080522.vssettings


By the way, if you are interested in how my old VS settings looked like, check this:

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  • Hello! How you’re make Output window dynamic visible while Build action???

  • Easy!

    Just click the icon next to (left to) the close icon of the output window. It says “Auto hide” when you hover over it, and that’s what it does when you click it. Same you do to Solution Explorer, Toolbox, and most other toolboxes.

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    No, you don’t understand me =) I’m press “Auto hide” and when i’m press “Build solution” the Output window do not jump =(

  • Aha, OK…

    Go to “Tools”>”Options”, then navigate in the left pane of the “Options” to “Projects and Solutions”.

    Now you just need to select “Show Output window when build starts” to make it checked, and click “OK”.

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    thank you very much! =)

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    what version of resharper you’re use?

  • Thanks Meligy,
    I’ve got addict to your settings, I use it for more than 6 months now.

  • Good to know you joined he dark side :)

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