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Dark Theme for SQL Server Management Studio 2017 (SSMS 2017)

Dark Theme works well in Visual Studio and should be included in SSMS. It helps reduce eye strain after long periods of development and debugging.

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    Tauheedul Ali shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please reconsider finishing the dark mode for SSMS. Its so much easier on the eyes than the old fashioned blue/light theme.

      • Peter Row commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Microsoft - why does windows 10 have a built in option for dark mode? If it's not worth the effort in SSMS why is it worth it in windows? Oh that's right because that's what a lot of people want!!!

        The thing that really ****** me off with these unplanned responses you keep giving is that you're 90% done. By enabling dark theme by tweaking the config files the only thing that is wrong is the colours on 2nd level context menus, how hard can it be to fix that? Seriously!

        Further more why not just rewrite SSMS using the visual studio IDE code base as that already does context menus correctly. Moving forward you'd then have a shared code base.

      • Aaron Nelson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I realize that a true "Dark Theme" would cost tons of engineering hours because of all the dialog boxes. However, would it at least be possible to have some way to enable a "dark~ish theme" that was only applied to the Query Pane / Query Results, Object Explorer, Object Explorer Details, and Registered Servers? Those take the bulk of the screen-real estate on my monitors, and I could deal with all the dialog boxes being light still.

      • Ricardo Leka commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Microsoft don´t care about create SSMS with Dark Theme, they say is too much work to be done.
        If any one have 2 monitors you can try https://zerowidthjoiner.net/negativescreen the project have a version to multiple monitors users, than you can switch the negative screen in one and use the SSMS there,,, the SSMS become a very nice app on Dark.

      • NateJ_CU commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Needs so much more upvotes. The built-in yet unexposed Dark theme is half-baked; 2nd-level context menus don't have the right font color, but a lot of it does work well. Just FINISH THE JOB!

      • Daniel Jaquez commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This would be a great feature for those of us with difficulty seeing stuff with light colored background.

      • Steven Hibble commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Is there a technical hurdle for this? I thought SSMS was built on top of Visual Studio, which does have a dark theme - right?

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