VS 2013 Express tips

Just thought to share a tip or two about making the user experience better. The following applies to the desktop version but should also work (with some minor adjustment) to the other editions as well.

Change the all UPPERCASE main menus

In the registry, find the key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\WDExpress\12.0\General. Add a (32-bit) DWORD value named SuppressUppercaseConversion and give it a value of 1. Next time you open the IDE the menu’s will be normal Title case again. It also applies to VS2012 editions as well (just change the version number to 11.0). For web express just change the ‘WDExpress’ part.

Update: If you are using the Web express edition the registry path for the change upper case menus are: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VWDExpress\12.0\General

Adding more themes

By default there are only 3 themes (for the express versions). To add some more options go to http://alinconstantin.blogspot.com/2012/09/using-color-themes-with-visual-studio.html?_sm_au_=isV7sFqHt8JbtbNM

Adding my Source backup tool

My source backup tool id aware of the desktop express version and can automatically add itself as one of the custom tools of the IDE. See SourceBackup.

If I come across more tips I’ll add them here as well.


  1. Please let me test

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