Visual Studio has more toolbars and commands than any one person will likely need to use. That is why we ship a variety of development settings: so that you can select the developer profile most like you, and then we can tailor the environment to your needs.  In the Visual Basic Development Settings, we surface the commands and tools that you are most likely to use as a VB developer building world-class applications.  It is quite common though, that you will want to customize your environment after making your original development settings selection.  We try to make this easy to do, by exposing ways to edit your keybindings, modify your toolbars and menus, change settings in Tools->Options, etc.  I've written about some of these techniques in previous blog posts...

VS Developers have been using these techniques to customize their environments, but have come across problems with one command: Navigate Backward.  This command has been removed from the VB Development Settings, and unfortunately cannot be added back by the usual means.  Unfortunately, if you try to drag this command back onto your toolbar using Tools->Customize, it does not add back the dropdown menu.  Thus you can only use the added button to navigate back one step at a time.  The General Development Settings on the other hand, which contain this command by default, allow you to instead navigate back multiple steps at a time.

Rather than telling you to use the General Development Settings to get this command, and forcing you to miss out on all the other great customizations that we do in the VB Development Settings, I'd like to offer you a new collection of settings!!  I've created a new .vssettings file, which contains all the same customizations as the VB Development Settings, but without the removal of the Navigate Forward and Navigate Backward commands on the toolbar.  So, if you'd like to get those commands back, just import these settings!

Here are the instructions for doing so:

  1. Save this file to My Documents\Visual Studio 2005\Settings.
    1. Note: clicking the above link will open the file in a new browser window.  You will need to Go to File->Save As, and then save the file to the above location.  When you do so, you will also need to rename the file from VB-with-Navigation-commands.html to VB-with-Navigation-commands.vssettings.  (Sorry for the extra step - I can't get my server to recognize the .vssettings file extension!)
  2. Back inside Visual Studio, go to Tools -> Import and Export Settings...
  3. Select Import to apply these settings to your current environment, or Reset to do a full reset.  => Next
  4. Continuing through the wizard, decide whether or not you want to save your current settings in the next step.  => Next
  5. Finally, look under the My Settings directory, and select the settings entitled "VB-with-Navigation-commands."  => Next
  6. Keep the defaults in the next step, to import all the settings.  Otherwise, to get just modify the menu and toolbar, select only the box next to General Settings -> Menu and Command Bar Customizations.
  7. Click Finish and you're done!

Enjoy,
Lisa