How to Save Your VS.NET Color and Font Settings

If any of you are like me, working with black on white wreaks nothing but havoc on my eyes. Thanks to Microsoft you can change every imaginable font and color setting for Visual Studio. Unfortunately they werent nice enough to give us a way to save this so that you can get it back in the future. Anyone that has REALLY customized these settings knows it is very time consuming. Lucky for us all of this information is stored in the good ole registry. The following key is the root of these settings for Visual Studio .NET 2002. HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\7.0\FontAndColors This key is slightly different for Visual Studio .NET 2003, if someone could verify the new key in the comments that would be great. Saving your settings can be done by following these steps: 1. Start -> Run -> RegEdit 2. Registry -> Export Registry File. Paste the Key above into the box under Selected branch. Make sure Selected branch is checked 3. Name your file and save it 4. Close RegEdit Using the reg file to set your settings can be done by following these steps: 1. Right-click the reg file 2. Click Merge from the context menu 3. When prompted if you are sure chose Yes Note: If you have Visual Studio open, the settings will not take effect until it is opened again. Attached is an example of the color settings I use for Visual Studio .NET 2002

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