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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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  • James Cane commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please, please, please, please, please.

    This is low hanging fruit for you guys. The UI colour scheme is really important to user experience, even though it may seem trivial. SSMS should have had a dark mode years ago and it's somewhat shameful that it still doesn't have one in 2019.

  • Michael Anderson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    -Noticed that SSMS 18 RC1 was out
    -Got excited and read release notes
    -Interesting but no mention of dark theme
    -Searched Dark Theme or colors, etc -- no luck
    -Noticed User Voice link in release notes -> Hey i'm going to take time and tell them this would be the most meaningful and useful change in my day to day.
    -Clicked User voice -> Highest Voted topic = Dark Theme = Yeah!!
    -Read unplanned = Booo

    It's all been said here, just adding to the chorus. All my dev's here would absolutely love dark theme as we do with most other MS products.

  • Chris Porter commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Every tool in my toolbox from Visual Studio, VS Code, Sublime, Ultraedit, GitKraken, Insomnia, Bash, etc. has a dark mode. The program manager of SSMS that is halting effort on completing dark mode should respond here and not hide behind "Microsoft SQL Server (Product Manager, Microsoft Azure)". This is the highest voted item on the SQL Server feedback system by a good margin. The next 17 items are marked as Under Review or Planned. The next item that is left in Unplanned status is another 109 voted entry for dark mode.

    What other indication do you need that Dark Mode is an important feature that your users want/need? We've waited (reasonably) patiently for years and when we finally get it the feature is half completed and buggy. I've been a firm supporter of MSSQL for 20+ years and every time I see dark mode ignored I'm less and less interested in using MSSQL in my solutions. There are many other options and they grow more reverent daily while MS ignores its developers.

    GG PM

  • Sudarshan Kadam commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Open SQL Server feedback-suggestions forum.
    Check the highest voted suggestion.
    "Unplanned" with no explanation.

  • David Warner commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    No improvements in 18.0 RC1 - the Object Explorer tree view and the Results list are still light, and context menus still lack contrast.

  • vamshee commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Very disappointed to see that MS doesn't support Dark theme in SSMS as a default option.

  • Opus commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    So two things... First, even if you are not going to implement the whole thing short term, please implement what already works. This would allow us to use it without hacking the files that get overwritten ever time we upgrade. Second, with the new version switching to the VS 2017 shell, will this make implementing a supported dark theme any easier/likelier?

  • Vladimir Rech commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Dark mode was a good addition. Althought, in build 15.0.18068 the context menu in Object Explorer Windows kept the fonts in black. So... I can use it...

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Really need all UI components to be dark mode, especially object explorer, query results, and the menus.

  • dazga commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Unplanned?! This is one of the most voted ideas for SQL Server. As the main GUI to interact with SQL Server a Dark Theme is most important.

  • tslin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It is really weird that the response is "Unplanned". There must be something we don't know. It could be either the base application was written poorly that no one dare to touch and make changes or MS just ignore what it is need for most of us out there.

    Since windows 10 Oct 2018 update (1809), file explorer has been 95% successfully integrated with dark theme. First I thought, MS is not doing dark theme in SSMS is because they will have to update win32 shell thus it will impact all other components. But that's not it. New file explorer is dark alone by itself. Other win32 applications are still the same. So, what is the reason?

    This feature has been requesting again and again by many of us for a long time and we always ended with nothing.

    Those, who need fully applied dark theme could give but the feature are limited compared to SSMS (no table designer, database designer, column properties, etc...) But for light use, you can use it.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'm currently installing the SSMS 2018 preview and I find it odd that the setup experience is using a dark theme by default, but supporting dark theme in SSMS is still "unplanned"

  • Wilmer commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is very incomprehensible, given that most of the Microsoft products supports (are "Planned" to support) dark themes. I understand that maybe you will need to update lots of dialogues screens, but you could at least update some of the main components/windows like object explorer, results, messages, etc.

    I think that one of the things you could do is open the code for management studio and I'm sure that the community will do the job.

  • Paul commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Very disappointed the current dark theme was not finished to include Object Explorer and Query Results. Not seeing how that those two things would be so tough to accomplish..

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