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August 27, 2012

Are Visual Studio 2012’s Menus Shouting at You?

Filed under: C#,VB.NET,Visual Studio @ 8:08 pm

There has been minor controversy over the use of upper case letters in Visual Studio 2012’s menus. No need for concern. If you really hate them you can turn them off!


(Upper case characters are sometimes considered to be shouting.)

There are three ways to change your menus to proper case:

1) Registry Key

a) Open a registry editing tool such as RegEx.exe.

b) Navigate to the following node:


c) Right-click on the node and select New | Dword value.

d) Set the name to SuppressUppercaseConversion.

e) Set the value to 1.

2) NuGet Package: VS2012_RemoveAllCaps

a) Open a solution in Visual Studio.

b) Select Tools | Library Package Manager | Manage NuGet Packages for Solution …

c) The Manage NuGet Packages dialog opens.

d) Select the Online tab and type RemoveAllCaps in the search box found in the upper right corner of the dialog.

e) Click the Install button next to the found package.


3) Visual Studio Extension: VS Commands 2012

a) Open Visual Studio.

b) Select Tools | Extensions and Updates.

c) The Extensions and Updates dialog opens.

d) Select the Online tab and type vscommands in the search box found in the upper right corner.

e) Click the Download button to install the extension.


f) After the installation of the extension, select Tools | VSCommands | Options. Select Main Menu from the left and adjust the letter case:


The result:



Thanks to the language MVPs for sharing these techniques.


  1.   Sarah Bond — August 28, 2012 @ 12:32 pm    Reply

    I love what you said that’s really helped me a lot ….

  2.   Robert — August 30, 2012 @ 6:36 pm    Reply

    Anyone know if there is a similar reg value for Office 15?

  3.   Wade Hatler — September 14, 2012 @ 1:38 pm    Reply

    Or from a Command Prompt, execute:

    reg add HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\11.0\General /v SuppressUppercaseConversion /t REG_DWORD /d 1

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