Re: registry settings for source code highlighting in VC

"John Carson" <>
Sun, 27 Aug 2006 15:27:25 +1000
"Alan Carre" <> wrote in message

I know that in VC6 one can determine the syntax color setiings for
various classes of code/keyrords by looking at:

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\DevStudio\6.0\Format\Source Window

However no such registry key appares to exist for VC7 (which now
appears to be called "VisualStudio" for some unknown reason). Has the
concept of DevStudio simply disappeared? or has it been replaced by
VisualStudio (much like the way that Win9X has been replaced by WinNT
of one sort or another)? I know there's a VisualStudio 6.0 but that's
a different beast alltogether; some internet thing I never used...

It is not a different beast at all.

Visual Studio is the name of the suite of programs including VC++, Visual
Basic and various other things (the programs in the suite differ for
different versions of Visual Studio). Visual Studio stands in the same
relation to VC++ as MS Office stands in relation to MS Word.

A friend of mine showed he his VS7 registry settings and there
appears to be nothing related to color and/or formatting in there
asside from a few COM objects that obviously don't exist on my
Does anybody out there know where the syntax highlighting settings are
stored for *any* version of MSDEV (4.2+ prefereble)?

You can set these in

Tools->Options->Environment->Fonts and Colors

for VC++ 7.1. User settings are stored under:


Note, however, that you will only find color settings here if you change
them from the default.

John Carson

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