Dev C++ Visual Studio Theme

I too am a beginner. Thus far I have tried Borland, MS Visual Studio 2008 Express Edition, and Dev-C++.
I didn't like Borland at all. I felt the interface was cumbersom to use. Also, the editor did not indent as I wanted. And the straw that broke the camels back was that code I had written that worked on MS VS 2008 ED and Dev-C++ didn't always work on Borland.
MS VS 2008 has a great editor. It works perfectly for how I want my indents. It seems very good at pointing out where my mistakes were also. The only flaw that I saw was that in order to run the programs it produces you had to install the runtime components, which in my opinion makes it more difficult to distribute. I also noticed that typically speaking, the console programs created with MS VS 2008 were substantially smaller than that of Dev-C++ though I don't care if my console program is 400k instead of 30k.
Dev-C++ is fairly good at telling you where your problems are but not as good as the MS option. The editor also doesn't indent as I would like however I am getting used to doing this myself. So far, all the programs I have writtens have compiled on both the MS option as well as this so they both seem to do well there for me. With Dev-C++ you (as far as I have seen thus far) do not need to install any runtime components on the destination machine. Because of this, it has been my compiler of choice.

Jul 24, 2019  The July 2019 update of the Visual Studio Code C/C extension is now available. This release includes many new features, including semantic colorization and improvements to the IntelliSense Configuration Settings Editor UI and IntelliSense cache. Visual C is from Microsoft. It supports plain C in addition to windows libraries MFC, COM, Win32. If you want to develop applications for windows and want to do it faster use Visual Studio. Applications can also be developed with Dev C, but its a lot of work configuring the libraries and so on.

In this 5-10 minute tutorial, we'll customize the Visual Studio color theme by selecting the dark theme. We'll also customize the colors for two different types of text in the text editor.

Dev C Visual Studio Theme Change

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  1. C/C for Visual Studio Code (Preview) C/C support for Visual Studio Code is provided by a Microsoft C/C extension to enable cross-platform C and C development on Windows, Linux, and macOS. Getting started C/C compiler and debugger. The C/C extension does not include a C.
  2. To choose a theme, go to Tools Options Text Editor C/C View, and choose Color Scheme: In the color scheme called Visual Studio 2017, most code elements are simply black. In the Enhanced color scheme, functions, local variables, macros, and other elements are colorized.
  3. Leverage the power of Visual Studio 2019 and the debugger to build high-performance Android and/or iOS apps and games in C, share C libraries to target both mobile platforms and Windows, or write once and run across all mobile platforms with Xamarin and C.

Set the color theme

The default color theme for Visual Studio's user interface is called Blue. Let's change it to Dark.

  1. On the menu bar, which is the row of menus such as File and Edit, choose Tools > Options.

  2. On the Environment > General options page, change the Color theme selection to Dark, and then choose OK.

    The color theme for the entire Visual Studio development environment (IDE) changes to Dark.


You can install additional predefined themes by installing the Visual Studio Color Theme Editor from the Visual Studio Marketplace. After you install this tool, additional color themes appear in the Color theme drop-down list.


You can create your own themes by installing the Visual Studio Color Theme Designer from the Visual Studio Marketplace.

Change text color

Now we'll customize some text colors for the editor. First, let's create a new XML file to see the default colors.

Dev C Visual Studio Theme Editor

Dev C++ Visual Studio Theme
  1. From the menu bar, choose File > New > File.

  2. In the New File dialog box, under the General category, choose XML File, and then choose Open.

  3. Paste the following XML below the line that contains <?xml version='1.0' encoding='utf-8'?>.

    Notice that the line numbers are a turquoise-blue color, and the XML attributes (such as id='bk101') are a light blue color. We're going to change the text color for these items.

  4. To open the Options dialog box, choose Tools > Options from the menu bar.

  5. Under Environment, choose the Fonts and Colors category.

    Notice that the text under Show settings for says Text Editor—this is what we want. Expand the drop-down list just to see the extensive list of places where you can customize fonts and text color.

  6. To change the color of the line numbers text, in the Display items list, choose Line Number. In the Item foreground box, choose Olive.

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    Some languages have their own specific fonts and colors settings. If you are a C++ developer and you want to change the color used for functions, for example, you can look for C++ Functions in the Display items list.

  7. Before we exit out of the dialog box, let's also change the color of XML attributes. In the Display items list, scroll down to XML Attribute and select it. In the Item foreground box, choose Lime. Choose OK to save our selections and close the dialog box.

    The line numbers are now an olive color, and the XML attributes are a bright, lime green. If you open another file type, such as a C++ or C# code file, you'll see that the line numbers also appear in the olive color.

We explored just a couple ways of customizing the colors in Visual Studio. We hope that you'll explore the other customization options in the Options dialog box, to truly make Visual Studio your own.

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