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Why I Change My VSCode Theme Often

thesavage_dev profile image Jason A. Savage ・2 min read

I take a long time to pick a theme for VSCode. I prefer a dark theme, but if I am working outside I will have a light theme for visibility. I like italics in my theme because I use Victor Mono and I like the cursive fonts. My current dark theme is Bearded Theme Arc Eolstorm by @bearded_bear. It has a nice blue background with subtle colors. Self described, "For those who don't like to be exotic and not be surprised". I've only been using it this week. Last week I was using the Earth version of Bearded Theme. It, obviously, has more earthy colors.

I've gotten some flak for how often I change my theme, and when I do change my theme it is sometimes I lengthy process of finding new themes in the Marketplace and going through the ones I already have installed. There's a hidden reason to by I change my theme so often though. It all has to do with troubleshooting.

What?

Let me explain. I love all the different themes VSCode's Marketplace has to offer. I've used all the popular ones. Material Theme, Colbalt 2, Night Owl, Dracula Official, and Monokai Pro. I do not have allegiance to any. Instead, I will rotate between a few for a while and eventually go on a hunt for more. What I find is if I use the same theme for too long, my eyes get used to the colors and which items are italicized and which aren't. So, if I am having trouble fixing an issue I will often change my theme and often times when I do that I will find and be able to fix the issue right away. Could be that I took my mind off of it and let my brain work on it with me getting in the way, but I believe that the change of colors and font styles help me look at the code differently.

Has anyone else experienced this? How to you get out of your way to fix a bug?

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I am the same way, to some extent. I will switch up my themes when I feel myself starting to get into a "coding slump". I never thought about using this to help debug, I may give it a spin next time I get stuck.

 

I'm not alone!!!

I was thinking the other day, "There must be something wrong with me, I'm changing my theme every few sessions."

All your points resonate with me, plus one more: I get bored. It's the same reason I have Variety to change my desktop every 30 minutes.

 

That's an interesting reason to change a theme. I might try it out next time I run into a head scratcher.

I try out themes pretty often too, but always just end up using the same one I've been using XD

 

That's actually a reason I hadn't considered! I change my themes often too, but for a couple different reasons:

a. There is always something I don't like about a particular theme, but I haven't worked up the motivation to tweak any.

b. I find that just changing the theme can give me a nice boost to productivity simply because it makes things look fresh and exciting. This point is especially true when you're working in a legacy Angular.js (1.x) application 😬

 

I keep my background as black as possible; unless the sun is shining on the screen, then I'll set it lighter.

I however constantly tweak the syntax font coloring.

Here's an example screenshot.
Notice function invocations are bright green.
Operators bright yellow
function arrow and ternary operators a bold red.
Not show here but object keys are blue.

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Holy moly i thought i was the only one whos doing that.
But tbh i change my theme like my underwear.

 

I toyed with having the title 'Why I Change My VSCode Theme More Often than I Change My Underwear'

 
 

I do too!

I have a theme for JS and a different one for Python, and at the same time I browse for new themes every now and then.

We have been spoiled.

 

I also change it often. Am looking for dark background in blue with fresh font colours.
It gives fresh looks and gets you hooked to your work.

 

Look at marketplace.visualstudio.com/items... Arc Eolstorm. Faded dark blue background with nice coloring.

 

Cool, have not thought about that. I will be considering it in the future.

 

Please give a try to my own vscode theme called Soft Colors:
marketplace.visualstudio.com/items...
I hope you'll love it.

 

I used it all week. It is great. The font is great too. I'll defo keep it in my rotation!