One of the change to user interface since Visual Studio 2012 and stays in Visual Studio 2013 is the ALL CAPS menus. In Visual Studio 2012 and Visual Studio 2013, all letters of the menu titles in the menu bar is converted to upper case, instead of following typical capitalization, where only the first letter is capital letter with the rest in lower case.

All Uppercase Menu in Visual Studio

If you cannot get used to the all upper case menus in Visual Studio 2012 or 2013, here’s the trick to change the menu back to normal capitalization:

  1. Press Win + R to open Run dialog box, or bring out the Search box.
  2. Type RegEdit and hit Enter to run Registry Editor.
  3. Navigate to the following registry key:

    For Visual Studio 2012: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\11.0\General\
    For Visual Studio 2013: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\12.0\General\

    For Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\WDExpress\11.0\General\
    For Visual Studio Express 2013 for Windows Desktop: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\WDExpress\12.0\General\

    For Visual Studio Express 2012 for Web: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VSWDExpress\11.0\General\
    For Visual Studio Express 2013 for Web: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VSWDExpress\12.0\General\

    For future versions of Visual Studio, just increment the number in the registry path by 1. For example, 2014 should be 13.0 while 2015 should be 14.0.
  4. Right click on General, then select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value.

    New DWORD (32-bit) Registry Value

  5. Name the new registry value as SuppressUppercaseConversion.
  6. Set the REG_DWORD value as 1.


  7. Close Registry Editor.
  8. Restart Visual Studio if it’s opened.
  9. Watch the new menus of Visual Studio with normal capitalization.

    Capitalized and Lowercase Menu of Visual Studio

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  • maroy1986

    For VS2013, you can also only install the “Update 3”, which add the option into the options dialog to disable all caps menus…

    You can access that options through menu Tools / Options under Environment / General, you’ll find the “Turn off upper case in the menu bar”. Easy as pie :)

    • That’s a pretty cool tip, thank you. :)

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