I’m a little late to this party, but thanks to Somasegar’s “VS 2010 Productivity Improvements, Part IV” and Mathew Johnson’s “Changing Visual Studio’s Color Palette” on the Visual Studio Platform Blog. I’ve now got Visual Studio looking like this: (Click on the image to view full size)
I picked up the Embers Theme on studiostyles which I found easy on the eyes, but without some of the color bleed that the other theme Somasegar suggested. However, everyone’s eyes are a bit different, so pick and choose as you will.
The classes and methods shown with color coding on the left hand side of the code window is done with VS10x Code Map. The image below shows the code window with the code map showing. This can be really handy when you have a large class file or are just trying to navigate around the file easily. (Click on the image to view full size)
The next tool that is a must have is the Visual Studio 2010 Pro Power Tools. Some of the key features for this tool include:
Document Well – If you aren’t sure what this is, go check out the more info. This is a pretty awesome feature, the download is worth this alone!
Searchable Add Reference – Everyone needs this at some point in time or another. It is a huge pain in the ass to find references, this resolves 99% of that pain!
Ctrl+Click Go To Definition – Yes please, thanks! I want my hands on the keyboard, not the mouse. :/