Visual Studio 2013: Turn Off the Uppercase Menu

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Visual Studio 2013: Turn Off the Uppercase Menu

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NOTE: This is an older feature. I’ve updated the information for VS2013.


This is one change to Visual Studio that I’m not a fan of and I still continue to see a ton of posts on this change so thought I would share here as well. 


I always try to give credit where credit is due and I believe the earliest mention of this fix is by Richard Banks in his post 6\1\2012 here: 




Mixed Case is Your Friend

Okay so you really, really don’t like the Uppercase menu in VS2012 because you feel like it is shouting at you:

5-16-2012 7-50-41 PM



You would rather go back to mixed case for your menu:

5-16-2012 7-43-08 PM


Not a problem! Below are ways you can fix this feature in VS2013.




Manual Registry Change

WARNING:  Making changes to the registry can cause unexpected results so do any changes at your own risk!

  1. Open the registry editor and go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\12.0\General\
    (For Windows 8 Express go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VSWinExpress\12.0\General)
    (For Web Express go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VSWDExpress\12.0\General)

  2. Create a new DWORD value called SuppressUppercaseConversion set to 1

  3. Restart Visual Studio and you should see the change

NOTE: Watch your spelling if you are typing this manually.




If you like to “simplify” this a bit you can use PowerShell to run a nice script to make this happen.  However, if you haven’t used PowerShell before this may not be faster for you.

  1. Go to the Start button or (Start Screen in Windows 8) and type powershell then select the Windows PowerShell Entry:


  2. In the PowerShell window copy the script below and paste it in then press Enter:

    Set-ItemProperty -Path HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\12.0\General -Name SuppressUppercaseConversion -Type DWord -Value 1


  3. Restart Visual Studio and you are good to go.
  • This didn't work for my VS Express 2013 - when I add the key, I cannot start VS anymore - it appears in

    Task Manager, but window never opens.

  • Update - although Regedit tweak didn't work for me, running this in PowerShell worked fine:

    Set-ItemProperty -Path HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\WDExpress\12.0\General -Name SuppressUppercaseConversion -Type DWord -Value 1

    (In Regedit there were Dword32 and Dword64 options, I picked Dword64).


  • SuppressUppercaseConversion worked on VS2012 and VS2013, running under

    Windows 7 Professional. However it did not work on VS2013, running under

    Windows 8.1 Pro. In fact there was no General sub key. So I added it and then

    put the "SuppressUppercaseConversion"=dword:0000001 under the General

    sub key.. But it did not work.

  • Lynn,

    I just tested this on my machine and the keys were still there. Are you sure you didn't accidentally go into 12.0_Config? The fact you didn't see a General key makes me think that is what happened.


  • Thanks. Used it for VWD Express 2013.

  • Thank you so much!  I don't know why all caps makes me crazy, but it does.

  • I agree with the others. Although minor, this is an annoying, even dumb, 'feature'.

    Anyhow the reg hack worked great on my VS 2103 Pro, Windows 8.1 Enterprise machine. Thanks.

  • I type "Set-ItemProperty -Path HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\12.0\General -Name SuppressUppercaseConversion -Type DWord -Value 1" in PowerShell and It's working.... Wow.... Thank you !

  • As of VS2013 Update 3, there's now a menu option to enable/disable caps. Look in Tools / Options, under Environment / General, for "Turn off upper case in the menu bar".

  • Using the "normal case" menus is an official configuration item: Tools > Options > Environment > General > "Turn off upper case in the menu bar".

  • Why are you hacking the registry? In Visual Studio 2013 in the Tools menu select Options>Environment and tick "Turn off upper case in the menu bar"

  • @cooldrl Note the date of the post. This article was written way before that option was available. :)  Of course, using the menu option makes sense in the current version.

  • Visual Studio 2013 Update 5 adds something in the Options menu where you can turn this off.

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