Connection Coloring lets you immediately know to which server and database you're connected
The color strip can be docked to any side of the window and its color can be
easily changed from either its context menu or from Window connection coloring options.
Version 188.8.131.52 adds coloring of Registered Servers groups. Color is determined by the server group name.
Since version 184.108.40.206 you can set the tab color to blink while a query is running giving you
an immediate visual cue that there's something executing in that query window.
Since version 220.127.116.11 you can also set a one-off color in the color strip's context menu
that is forgotten when the window is closed.
In SSMS 2012 and higher the actual query window tab is also colored at the top border with the same color
as the already existing strip making it much easier to visually see to which server your query window is connected to
even when a window is not focused.
Since version 4.5 you can also enable server/database coloring in the Object Explorer.
This way you can immediately see if the server you're looking at in Object Explorer is a critical one or not.
Coloring for each server or database can be added, removed or just disabled. In version 1.9
the server name as a regular expression has been added.
This makes managing a lot of servers easier. For example if you have 100 servers named like PROD_***, DEV_***,
TEST_*** you can now write a regular expression that replaces 100 lines in the server
grid with just 3 lines. Any .Net regular expression is valid.
To add a new server or database name, just add a row to the server names grid.
From version 3.8 a custom text can be added in Options to show in the identifying color bar
if it's positioned at the top or the bottom.