Theming My Tools
Theming the tools I use everyday helps me move efficiently between projects’ windows and applications. I can tell what project a particular instance of VSCode is without needing to read a word.
VSCode per-workspace color overrides
I use the product’s branding for color choices. Here’s the settings I use. You could take this much further, but I mainly use the titleBar and statusBar.
- Create a project workspace
File > Save Workspace As…
- Override colors. Check the official documentation for a list of all the possible overrides.
Here’s my <project>.code-workspace:
Slack comes with a number of preset theme options, but you can override these themes to your liking.
- Navigate to your workspace’s preferences.
- Select “Sidebar” and scroll all the way down to the bottom. If you don’t see the Custom Theme option, you may need to click advanced options.
- I like to set “Active Item” to the brand’s primary color.
System Level Folder Icons
I recently started a new project, Lets Go Design. Naturally, this means a new top level folder in my _projects/ directory. I like to customize the icons of these folders for visual cues when browsing these folders.
I’ve created the directory, but it still has the default folder icon.
- Find the image file you want to use as the custom icon and open it in Preview. CMD+C to copy the image to your clipboard.
- Right click on the folder you want to customize, and click “Get Info”
- In the top right of the info window, select the folder icon by clicking it.
- CMD+V to paste the image.
- That’s it!
- Click on the icon for the page you want to change
- Select your preferred image.
I hope this gave you some inspiration in ways to theme your apps on a project level. Please feel free to suggest improvements to my list.