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Bring Back Full-Color Icons to Visual Studio 2012

The mostly black & gray glyphs used in Visual Studio 2012 are very difficult to distinguish between. Familiar icons that we have known and used for years are now gone, and it takes (wastes!) a ton of time trying to find the right icon/command/object. Please bring back the tried-and-true, full-color icons that clearly represent each command/object and are easily identifiable.

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    TIMTIM shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    chrischris shared a merged idea: Bring back the "VISUAL" in visual studio  ·   · 
    GlynGlyn shared a merged idea: Drop the circa 1987 icons in VS2012  ·   · 
    GlynGlyn shared a merged idea: Drop the circa 1991 icons in VS2012  ·   · 
    No nameNo name shared a merged idea: Retain icons from previous versions for IDE  ·   · 
    completed  ·  Visual Studio TeamAdminVisual Studio Team (Product Team, Microsoft) responded  · 

    Thanks to everyone who voted and commented on this issue. Visual Studio 2013 has added color in several broad reaching icon categories. We classified the icons we focused on into three sets: icons which represent common actions, icons which indicate code hierarchy, and icons that provide some kind of notification. By utilizing a systematic and broadly applicable approach to color use we are better able to effectively convey critical meaning or affiliation through color, to attract attention through color, and to improve scan-ability through color. This approach translates into color being applied to ~80% of standard toolbar and debug toolbar icons, ~75% of code hierarchy icons, and 100% of active notifications.

    Based upon the design goals outlined above and design decisions reflected in the existing scheme for each of the core icon sets we will continue to apply and extend our approach to icon colorization as we move forward. As Visual Studio 2013 Preview has now shipped, we’re closing this item to give your votes back for you to use on emerging topics. We encourage you to try out the changes we’ve made and then share additional feedback you might have.

    Visual Studio UX Team

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      • Mark DeFrayneMark DeFrayne commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I agree with Mike. I've been coding PC's for over 30 years. This is the first time I have seen Microsoft go backwards with Development Interface. This is TERRIBLE! Your answer was very poor! The "just get used to attitude" is a good reason to start shorting Microsoft stock. The company has lost it's way.

      • MikeMike commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Really Luc??
        we could all work much better if MS was not messing with everything all the time. VS2008 looked great, all since look like **** and are hard to use.

      • Luc van VugtLuc van Vugt commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Can we stop complaining and just get to work. I have been using this for 2 years now and yes, it was a change form VS 2010 to VS 2012, but like every change we humans tend to have problems, and yes, I have overcome them ages ago.

      • SherazSheraz commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        VS 2012 TFS is so non user friendly that it looks like I am not using source control at all with the new color scheme. That person is stupid who got this implemented and the manager or team who approved it is even more stupid.

      • Radu SragarRadu Sragar commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Mircosoft, you are so f@#%ing stupid!! Instead of spending time and resources on fixing the many [already-known] bugs in your products, you go and do something stupid like removing all colors from icons. How exactly does this make for a better product?!

        I think it is clear from the feedback left here as well as in other forums that the changes you've made to Visual Studio in regard to colors are broadly disliked. I think the reason most people dislike this change is the following: there was NOTHING wrong with the way things looked.

        In any trade, trades people organize their tools. Often using color to more easily identify the tools. You have robbed us of this facility for more apparent good reason. The LEAST you could do is give us the possibility to change the skin back to the classic design.

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      • Sean D'RoseSean D'Rose commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        visual studio 2013, still has a lack of color and classic icons, please bring them back.

        Office work is dreary enough without having to look at an even more droll IDE

      • BeautyBeauty commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I also hate the **** new design of VS 2012 and 2013.
        Even after using it for a while I would like to switch back to the good classic icons.

        The reasons for my hate I don't write, because was already written in the other comments.

        For the next VS version: Please add an option to get back the classic icons.
        Thanks!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        My company just "upgraded" to Visual Studio 2013 from BIDS. I use the term "upgraded" loosely here because the user interface is horrible. My productivity has decreased and my eyes hurt. There must be a way to bring back the colored icons and rich container boarders. It may seem trivial but for those of us who optimize our productivity by compartmentalizing visually this change to the user interface is a disaster. I wonder if a third party has created a plug in yet that will provide a classic view.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Is it that hard to add a possibility to visual studio 2013 which will allow to use 'exactly' the same icons which were used in previous versions of visual studio? What i see in visual studio 2013 now is not what i am used to for almost 10 years of work with visual studio. Is it that hard for you to understand that users of visual studio are used to use those icons? Please, add the possibility to use the 'exactly' same set of icons in VS 2013 as in previous versions and replace those new ones. If someone likes the new icons Ok, but give for the others a build-in possibility to use the old ones as well.

      • AntonAnton commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please, bring back VS2008 or VS2010 icons. Those new flat icons are so much hard to identify. Stop taunt your users

      • Volker SchefferbizVolker Schefferbiz commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Since 3 years I am working perfectly with VS2010 and of course I wanted to take a peek at what will be next and how to strategically modify upcoming projects. But honestly these new Icons were a total slap in the face. After a few minutes I thought "Well give it a try" ... after an hour I got nerved ... after a day I was furious.
        It's like some idiot has totally messed up everything.

        Please fix this ****!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        For the moment I can only hope that there will be no project in the near future which forces me and my team to leave VS2010.

      • Michael ElofsonMichael Elofson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        To paraphrase the Sprite ad, “Fashion is e everything, usability is nothing”, obviously. Using VS 2013 feels like I am back in the 1980s using simple flat monochrome graphics. It’s esthetically unremarkable, but worst of all, it is infinitely worse than any UI since the early 1980s. VS 2008 and even VS 2010 was good so why, based on fashion, change that. Is it panic, caused by the competition with tablets and Apple and Android? If so, it definitely was the wrong move. Moreover, both of those companies have not dropped the colors anyway.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        What a cretin invented such moronic Metro theme?! Adolf has reborn... And all the monkeys including websites copy this insanity! What the **** is the world coming?!!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please, bring back VS2010 icons. Those new flat icons are so much hard to identify.

      • PissedPissed commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        "Colorization"...you people sound like Metros. Just put the old icons back, you morons.

        The issue is not just "color", fools. You're (purposely) forgetting DEPTH! Stop with the androgynous ********. We are men and women, not Metros.

      • MSdevM1MSdevM1 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        If you MS-guys are colorblind and want to have a flat gray layout: fine. BUT make it optional.
        I have a significant loss in productivity, even though i am using it daily. But i am using 2008 also daily because i work on different servers.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Completed? You are joking. View menu has two colors for 23 menu items. And what about Toolbox? About 70 gray icons. You are really crazy. You wasted the time, why you change the things, which are good?

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