SQL Developer Quick Tip: Pretty It Up a Bit

thatjeffsmith SQL Developer 14 Comments

Tell Others About This Story:

No, not your code. I want you to take a quick look at the visual preferences for SQL Developer. In an earlier post I pontificated on the top 10 options to tweak before starting to use SQL Developer. Now once you have the tool operating the way you want, I think it’s time to make it look the way you want as well. So I suppose this would be #11!

If you’re going to spend many hours a day in the database, your tool shouldn’t be causing eye strain.

I realize that this is a very subjective area, so if you do not like my choice of theme and color, please realize there are a few dozen themes available.

Themes

Open the preferences and navigate to the Environment page. The ‘Look and Feel’ and ‘Theme’ controls are what we want to investigate further. According to the docs, the ‘Look and Feel’ allows you to tweak ‘the display colors and shapes of objects like menus and buttons.’

It might be easier to just do some before and after screen captures?

Default

Notice the lack of delineation of the pages and the very light contrast

Sky Yellow

Ah, so much easier on the eyes!

I also enjoy the general grey background going on versus default ‘Fusion Blue.’

Here is the option you want to play around with in the Preferences

Setting to Windows will attempt to match your Windows Theme

Look and Feel

You can bypass the whole theme headache and let SQL Developer attempt to match your Windows (I haven’t tried this on OSX yet) theme. Here’s what that looks like on my Windows 7 machine with the default theme.

Windows Oracle

If you like flat, you might like Windows

This seems much smoother to me

There is no way to ‘preview’ these changes. You’ll need to restart SQL Developer for the changes to take affect. Even so, I think it’s worth a few minutes of your time. If you find a favorite combination, please share it with us below in the form of a comment or screenshot!

Tell Others About This Story:

Comments 14

  1. Win 7, service pack 1, 64 bit. Java SE Dev Kit 8. SQL Dev V 4.0.1. I was unable to delete that folder because that’s where the EXE was housed but I had my tech uninstall and reinstall and the issue was resolved. FYI, I noticed task manager showed multiple instances running but the window did not display. Thanks for the quick reply though!

  2. I changed the “look and feel” from oracle to windows. it required a reboot and now it wont open oracle. I get the tip of the day but that’s it. Brand new user. no previous versions installed to back up to.

    1. thatjeffsmith Post
      Author

      Hmmm. You can go into your application data directory and delete the sql developer folder, and then run the EXE again – you’ll be running with default settings at that point.

      What version of Windows are you running, and what version of SQL Developer and Java are you running?

  3. using sql developer 3.1 and after starting it my windows 7 always switches from my areo theme back to the basic theme. Any way to avoid that?

    1. thatjeffsmith Post
      Author
    1. thatjeffsmith Post
      Author
    1. thatjeffsmith Post
      Author
    1. thatjeffsmith Post
      Author
    1. thatjeffsmith Post
      Author

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *