How can I get user type syntax highlighting working in VS 2012/2013

Here is a simple solution.

  1. Close Visual Studio and open the VS command prompt (for you it may be – Developer Command Prompt for VS2013) as an administrator.  Navigate to the devenv.exe file (in Express versions it is titled something along the lines of *express.exe) usually located in C://Program Files (x86)/Microsoft Visual Studio 13/Common7/IDE.
  2. Type “devenv.exe/setup".
    (C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0\Common7\IDE>devenv.exe/setup)
  3. Reopen Visual Studio. If everything is all colored now, great! If not, close the tabs and reopen them.

Note for others: This has a very good chance of working for many other versions of Visual Studio, including 2008, 2010, 11 beta, etc.

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