Dark theme in SQL Server Management Studio
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Dark theme and me!🖤
I just love having dark theme for every tool and application I use on day to day basis, ranging from: VSCode, Notepad++ and Notion to Slack, Teams and Outlook. After switching between a lot of dark themes in VSCode, I finally settled for Dracula due to the number of applications it supports. So now I can have single dark theme across all the applications that I use.
Make sure to check them out.(I know most of us are already using them).
So now that you know about my love for dark themes, I was frustrated that you don't have one for SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS). I was only aware of the "Blue" and "Light" theme that you can toggle between by going to: Tools > Options > Environment > General > Color theme:
But I found out through my colleague that you can set it up, and here are the steps on how you can do it: (Disclaimer: It's not officially supported)
Locate and update the config file. Open any text editor as Administrator, in my case its Notepad++ (as if I have not mentioned it enough 😊). Now we will locate the 'ssms.pkgundef' file.
- For SSMS 17 its: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SQL Server\140\Tools\Binn\ManagementStudio
- For SSMS 18: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio 18\Common7\IDE
And open it.
Disable "Remove Dark Theme" So now you have the file open, scroll down and find the section of the code under the “Remove Dark theme” heading, add “//” to comment out that line, and save the file:
It's time to see the magic!🖤 Start SSMS and the 'Dark' will be available in the Color theme drop-down menu:
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