Years ago there was a TV news anchor in Chicago that had a habit of emphasizing every single WORD!

I was annoyed by her delivery because, of course, emphasizing every word is the same as emphasizing no words. Only much more tedious.

I feel Visual Studio 2019 commits the same sin with its additional syntax highlighting colors.

I’m sorry, that’s just too many words emphasized with too many colors. Visual Studio provides numerous ways to determine syntactical meaning of code words, such as a tooltip window that appears when hovering the mouse cursor over a word, F12 navigation to variable definitions, and Intellisense. Additional colors, in my opinion, do not add meaning. Instead, they distract the programmer with visual noise.

If you wish to revert to the simpler syntax highlighting colors used by Visual Studio 2017, click…

Tools > Options > Text Editor > C# > Advanced > Classifications

…and uncheck “Use enhanced colors for C# and Basic.”

Much better.

4 Replies to “Revert Visual Studio 2019 Syntax Highlighting Colors to 2017 Colors”

  1. I disagree with your premise, the additional colors help visual distinguish parts of code that do different things.

    But I appreciate you writing this because you helped me figure out how to turn it back on when an update reverted this on me.

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