Personalize Your Visual Studio 2022

Grace Taylor

One of Visual Studio’s core goals is to increase your individual and team productivity. And, one of our key focus areas is to make Visual Studio more personalized and flexible, so that you can make the IDE your own. Below, we’ll summarize some of the personalization features we’ve shipped in our preview channel or plan to ship soon:

Visual Studio Personalization

Your IDE should be uniquely yours. We know that developers like you have different ways to focus, learn, and code. We’re on a journey to create the most flexible IDE ever—one that helps everyone learn effectively and become more productive. In the next few weeks, we will be sharing a collection of blog posts that detail our upcoming features.

More flexible and inclusive ways to manage your docs and tabs
Flexible and inclusive ways to manage your docs and tabs

Code the way you want

We’re introducing ways that make Visual Studio more flexible so you can learn, navigate, and write code the way you want to. We listened to your ideas on Developer Community and came up with a set of new capabilities that can improve your workflow and help you stay focused and organized. For example, we’re planning to implement the capability to group files by color, so you don’t have to hunt for an open file. Your active document could be bolded so it’s easier to find. There are also ways to customize menus and toolbars to suit your exact workflow. Take a look at additional document management features here.

Image Personalize Visual Studio with Community Themes
Personalize Visual Studio with Community Themes

Be productive anywhere

The ability to sync your settings means that whether you’re working from home or office, you’ll stay productive. We have capabilities for syncing the settings that you care about, to the cloud, so that you can do your best work from wherever you find convenient. For example, a “night mode,” with the ability to sync your Visual Studio theme with your Windows theme, could improve readability at certain times of day, no matter which machine you’re working on.

Update: We’ve added a selection of new custom VS themes, as well as a tool which helps you bring any VS Code theme into VS!

Visual Studio Personalization Sync with Sunset
Example of tools that accommodate your habits: syncing your theme with the sunset

Get tools that accommodate your habits

Our new document management capabilities makes Visual Studio even more inclusive. We’re planning to build new features that can help developers who are neurodiverse or who have learning differences read and write code more comfortably, and help developers who have challenges with focus stay on task. We recently added a way to adjust line spacing in code so that developers can read their code the way that’s comfortable. We’ve also added new ways to manage documents, customize tabs, and keep track of the current document, so that you can see a custom overview of your workspace before you pick what to focus on next.

Share your thoughts

We’re planning to release a set of capabilities that can accommodate a wide range of preferences to help you make the IDE yours, and we’re excited for you to try them in the new Preview.

We’d like to hear your feedback. Please let us know what kind of personalization features you would like to see by sharing feedback on Developer Community or voting on a request that resonates.