Allows users to customize the Visual Studio 2010 background.
There were a couple of reports of default Visual Studio's background
flickering on LCD monitors because of the texture it uses. While I
suspect those problems are caused by video card drivers and/or the
monitors not supoprting properly the vertical refresh rate, I decided to
implement this extension that will allow users to customize or replace
the default Visual Studio's background texture.
Another situation where customizing the background may come in handy
is for distinguishing easier between the running instances of Visual
Studio and the Visual Studio Experimental (if you're using Visual Studio
SDK to create your own pacakges/extensions).
With this extension you will be able to :
- use your own image for the background, either tiled or not.
- use a solid color texture for background
- use a transparent/empty texture for a gradient background
- use one of the pre-defined textures or create your own texture
You can use this tool in combination with the Color Theme Editor extension. To change the colors used by the main window's background, search the list of colors for "EnvironmentBackground".
One you install the tool, the Background Customization dialog can be invoked via a menu item in Tools menu.
Note that background texture and gradients are by default disabled in
Terminal Services sessions. To enable them, you need to use the
Tools/Options dialog and uncheck in the Environment/General panel
the "Automatically adjust visual experience based on the client
performance" option, and check instead "Enable rich client visual