What are these ANNOYING boxes around my VB code, and how do I get rid of them?

Brandon Stewart 136 Reputation points

I get boxes (see attached image) around my VB code in Visual Studio. They occur most promenantly when I use the Search and Replace tools. What are they, and how do I permenantly get rid of these hideous and annoying things? I have asked this question on numerous other forums and no one seems capable of answering me.


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  1. Brandon Stewart 136 Reputation points

    No 3rd-party extensions are installed. No extensions/add-ons at all are installed except those Microsoft forces onto us and won't let us uninstall - I despise bloat.

    Also, I've attached my settings file with an XML file extension. : 82496-exported-2021-03-29.xml

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  1. Viorel 83,016 Reputation points

    If this is caused by some undesirable configuration changes and you want to restore the normal settings, then go to menu, Tools, Options, Environment, Fonts and Colours, select “Text Editor” and press “Use Defaults”.

    Then, if you like the Dark theme, go to Environment, General, and select it.

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  2. Brandon Stewart 136 Reputation points

    "If this is caused by some undesirable configuration changes..."

    That's the problem. I don't know what the cause is. Whatever is causing it, it must be part of the VS program, whether it is intentional or a bug. Yet, no one from Microsoft seems to know what particular setting (or whatever else) is causing it. That's a bad sign when the makers of a product don't even know what one of their features is.

    I have been using the same font/color settings for years and have not changed them. The boxes began to appear recently following a recent update.

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  3. Dylan Zhu-MSFT 6,346 Reputation points

    Hi BrandonStewart,

    Did you install third editor extension in your visual studio? Please try to disable them in Extensions > Manage Extensions.

    If not, could you provide the vssettings file through Tools > Import and Export settings... ?

    Best Regards, Dylan

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