Color Indicator for Code Changes and Visual Studio IDE Status Change

By | January 19, 2016

Visual indicator is always faster and easy to recognize for any  kind of status change Visual Studio provides set of color indicator for code change and overall state changes of IDE.  Inside Visual Studio Code Editor, using the color indicator you can can easily recognize if the line of the code is edited, saved or undone ; and also the color of the Visual Studio Status bar indicates the current state of Visual Studio.  well, most of the time you have seen this color indicator though !

Let’s first take a look into the color indicator change for code change.  When you start a new application, you won’t see any color indicator in the side bar corresponding to the line of code.


But, as soon as you start typing you can see the color corresponding  for the changed / edited line turned into Yellow. This indicates the lines are not saved.



Hit save button and it will turn the indicators into a green color.


Further edit or save on the line will change status color between green (Save) and / or Yellow ( unsaved / Edited)


Orange color will come when  user does an undo after a save operation for that current file. Orange color indicates  that current changed line is different from the saved version of the file.




This features is knows as Track Change. I wrote a in detailed blog post on this few years back. You may want to refer that over here..

Color Indicator for Code Changes – Track Changes in Visual Studio

How to Enable / Disable Track Change features ?

To enable or disable  the “Track Change” features, Goto Tools > Options > TextEditor . In General section, you can checked or Unchecked the “Track Change” option .


Another interesting fact of Visual Studio change the color of the status bar based on current status of Visual Studio.


When you start a new instance of Visual Studio, at initial state:

The stats bar color is Purple.


With a new project created, the status bar color would change to Blue image

During the Build / Rebuild / Clean process the status bar color will change to bit dark blue color as shown in below diagram.


Once your app is running and your are in debug mode the color of status bar would change to Orange


If you haven’t noticed this color so far,  hope from next time you will have a look at them.

Hope this helps !

Author: Abhijit Jana

Abhijit runs the Daily .NET Tips. He started this site with a vision to have a single knowledge base of .NET tips and tricks and share post that can quickly help any developers . He is a Former Microsoft ASP.NET MVP, CodeProject MVP, Mentor, Speaker, Author, Technology Evangelist and presently working as a .NET Consultant. He blogs at , you can follow him @AbhijitJana . He is the author of book Kinect for Windows SDK Programming Guide.

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