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This is a Visual Studio extension that lets you set a custom background image or slideshow.

What's new

  • Ver 3.0.1 The ClaudiaIDE has been split into two Visual Studio versions, because the older version that needs to be resolved dependency of EnvDTE in Visual Studio 2022.
  • Ver 3.0.0 support Visual Studio 2022 preview 1. However unfortunately drop off support for Visual Studio 2017. If you want support VS2017 ver, you can try use ver 2.2.19. Now mainstream is support Visual Studio 2019 and 2022 only.
  • Ver 2.2.16 or later can support configuration per solution.

Save setings for solution

After save, this extension create .claudiaideconfig file in solution directory from current settings in option dialog. If you want to modify settings, you can modify this file (JSON format) or override via that menu.


  • Current feature of solution settings require restart Visual Studio after changed configfile.


  • This extension support some multiple versions Visual Studio, but it is not single VSIX/assembly file.
Visual Studio support ClaudiaIDE
Visual Studio 2012 ~ 2015 1.28.6
Visual Studio 2017 2.2.19
Visual Studio 2019 2.2.19 or or 3.0.1
Visual Studio 2022 3.0.1
  • After ver 3.0.1, I will single code maintenance that target to multiple Visual Studio versions. This mean build to some VSIX files as follows ClaudiaIDE.vsix (for VS2022) and ClaudiaIDE.16.vsix (for VS2019). If new Visual Studio major version (e.g. 18.x) release, I'll add ClaudiaIDE17 (for VS2022). And ClaudiaIDE support version slide to new Visual Studio. (ClaudiaIDE's csproj support to always on latest Visual Studio)

ver 2.2.x

Flickering has maybe been decreased, however the image fade interval option isn't supported for slideshows because problem effect by this update. If you want to expand the image to the full IDE window ("expand to IDE" option), ClaudiaIDE does not require theme editor. ClaudiaIDE automaticaly makes some backgrounds transparent (e.g. the text editor). However, for now, some windows, such as the solution explorer, still need to be made transaperent with theme editor, like as Color Theme Editor for Visual Studio 2019.

Enabling the option "User hardware graphics acceleration if available" will reduce flickering.

hardware acceleration

ver 2.1.0

Support versions changed as follows:

  • Visual Studio 2017 (15.8 or later)
  • Visual Studio 2019 (preview or RTM)

Braking Changes

Visual Studio 2019 (16.1) extensions can support AsyncPackage only. ClaudiaIDE's this version change to AsyncPackage.

AsyncPackage can support Visual Studio 2015 or later. I decided move to forward and I don't support old Visual Studio versions (2017 15.8 or earlier). If you want to use this extension on old Visual Studio versions (2017 15.8 or earlier), you can use 1.28.6.

  • If you already install 2.0.x to Visual Studio 2015 or Visual Studio 2017 (15.8 or ealier), you will uninstall 2.0.x and re-install 1.28.6 ClaudiaIDE.vsix.

ver 1.28.6

Support Visual Studio 2019 Preview 1

ver 1.26

Support Visual Studio 2017 (RTM)

ver 1.24

  • Add feature (beta) : background image expand to IDE.
    • Known issue: If background image expand to IDE, editor background does not show when editor was moved to floating window with slideshow until next image.

How to expand to IDE

  1. Open option menu in Visual Studio (Tools -> Options)

  2. Expand to IDE property set to True in ClaudiaIDE option page.

    copy theme

  3. Customise Visual Studio theme using color theme editor (E.g. Visual Studio 2015 Color Theme Editor)

  4. Click "Create Copy of Theme" button, And "Edit Theme"

    copy theme Edit theme

  5. Customise some colors opacity as follows (your own risk) :

    Edit opacity

  • Solution Explorer

    • TreeView -> Background
  • IDE and text editor

    • Environment -> Window
    • Environment -> EnvironmentBackground
    • Environment -> EnvironmentBackgroundGradientBegin
    • Environment -> EnvironmentBackgroundGradientEnd
    • Environment -> EnvironmentBackgroundGradientMiddle1
    • Environment -> EnvironmentBackgroundGradientMiddle2
  • Window Title

    • Environment -> MainWindowActiveCaption
    • Environment -> MainWindowInactiveCaption
  • Command Bar

    • Environment -> CommandShelfBackgroundGradientBegin
    • Environment -> CommandShelfBackgroundGradientEnd
    • Environment -> CommandShelfBackgroundGradientMiddle
    • Environment -> CommandShelfHighlightGradientBegin
    • Environment -> CommandShelfHighlightGradientEnd
    • Environment -> CommandShelfHighlightGradientMiddle
    • Environment -> CommandBarGradientBegin
    • Environment -> CommandBarGradientEnd
    • Environment -> CommandBarGradientMiddle
    • Environment -> CommandBarToolBarBorder
  • Example:


ver 1.23

  • Add image stretch feature and improve performance

ver 1.19

  • Additional support Visual Studio "15" Preview
  • Can specifie max image size.

ver 1.18

  • Add slideshow feature.
  • Support Visual Studio 2012/2013/2015


ClaudiaIDE (Visual Studio Gallery)


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