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Tip 5.11: You can customize the color scheme in the Output window

December 1, 2012

“Visual Studio Tips, 251 ways to improve your Productivity in Visual Studio“, courtesy of ‘Sara Ford’

Sara Ford’s Blog

On the Tools–Options–Environment–Fonts And Colors page, in the Show Settings For combo box, there’s an Output Window option.

When it’s selected, you’ll be able to customize the colors for the following types of text: Plain Text, Selected Text, and Inactive Selected Text. Additionally, you can customize the color of the Current List Location.


If you set the Item Background to Black and the Item Foreground to White, the Output window displays the visited line in the new color scheme.


Sara Aside

For her, the dark blue has always been a bit distracting because it makes her think that the focus is in the Output window when it really is in the editor. Another good combination is to change Item Foreground to Cyan and Item Background to White.

Happy Programming! =)

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