Change XAML designer background color in Visual Studio
If you use the Visual Studio 2013 XAML designer with the light theme enabled and you are designing user controls or pages with transparent backgrounds, it might be hard to read the text:
One quick solution is to change the XAML UI Designer colors.
- Click TOOLS > OPTIONS… > Environment > Fonts and Colors
- Under Show settings for choose XAML UI Designer
- Change Item foreground and Item background to the same color to prevent a checkerboard pattern
Now you can read your text again: