• Visual Studio Editor Blog

    How can the Editor improve?

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    I just got an email from one of the readers of this blog wondering how to suggest new features for the Editor in future versions of Visual Studio. The easy answer to his question is to simply by responding to this post. If you have a great idea about...
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    Using Emacs or Brief Emulations in Whidbey

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    In response to the large number of requests, the Editor team added Emacs and Brief emulations in Visual Studio 2005. These features are available in the Beta 1 but it is not obvious how to turn them on in the Beta. We are working on fixing this for Beta...
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    Beginner's tips on VS Find and Replace using Regular Expressions - Tutorial#1

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    Regular Expressions is a great way to find what you're looking for. Unfortunately, it can be also be quite daunting for a beginner who's unsure where to start. Hence I started this post for tips and tricks of using Regular Expressions with Find &...
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    Code Snippets - a way to be more efficient in writing code

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    One of my favorite new features in Whidbey is Code Snippets. Code snippets are xml files stored on your machine that allow you to insert chunks of predefined code and then move quickly between common places that need to be filled in with values relevant...
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    Tabs, Backspace, Delete and other commands not working in the editor

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    Several people have been reporting problems on MSDN Product Feedback with Visual Studio Beta 2 in which the Editor stops responding to most commands but still allows typing. The good news is that we have identified a fix for the issue, we know how to...
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    The new Box Selection, now with Multi-Line Editing!

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    Since VS 2010 Beta1 became publicly available last week, the Editor team has heard from quite a few users who miss box selection (aka column selection, block selection, or rectangular selection). Yes, it’s missing from the beta, but the good news is that...
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    Making the Code Definition Window Editable

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    I'd like to get your feedback on a design change that we are implementing for the Beta 2 release of VS 2005. In Beta 1, we introduced the Code Definition Window for the C#, J# and VC languages. The current view is a read-only view of the definition of...
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    Welcome!

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    I’d like to welcome you to the VS Core Editor Team’s blog! First allow me to introduce myself. My name is Sean Laberee and I’m a Program Manager with this team. I work on the Core Editor, Find, Object Browser and Class View. I...
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    New Editor, New Font: 10-pt Consolas

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    To complete the VS 2010 Editor’s new look, we’re updating the default font to 10-pt Consolas! It’s a fixed-width font that Microsoft’s typography experts designed specifically for developers, so it’s great for reading and writing code. Consolas also has...
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    Code Snippet - Schema Description

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    I'm working on posting the XSD and will update this post to link to it once I've found a place that I can put it. CodeSnippet The <CodeSnippet> tag is the root element for the schema. It has a format attribute which specifies the schema version...
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    How do you use Tab Size and Indent Size?

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    The Editor team wants to build the best product possible, and we need your help! This week, the team would like to ask for direct feedback on how you use tab size and indent size. Tab size is the amount of space each tab occupies, while indent size is...
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    Common Editor Issues in VS 2010 Beta1

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    Thank you to everyone who has downloaded and tried VS 2010 Beta1 so far! In the two weeks since Beta1 was released, you’ve sent us tons of feedback that has helped us fix some of the most commonly reported bugs. This post details frequently-encountered...
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    New Font for the Visual Studio 2005 Editor

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    I've got good news! Consolas, a cleartype font designed specifically for to make code more readable is now available for download for users of Visual Studio 2005 from the Microsoft Download Center . One important thing about Consolas is that it will...
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    Call Browser

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    Hi - My name is Mynor Ivan Muralles. I am a developer in the Editor/Nav team. I have worked in different features of Object Browser and Call Browser. Call Browser is a tool for displaying call graphs. Given a function or method, Call Browser will...
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    Beginner's tips on VS Find and Replace using Regular Expressions - Tutorial #2

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    In my last tutorial, I talked about some basic fundamentals. Let's move on to narrowing down search scope some more. Recall that previously, I had introduced: < - Matches beginning of a word > - Matches end of a word Now, let's introduce...
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    A nifty regular expression for replacing XML syntax

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    Someone recently asked me a regular expression query and I thought it was interesting and post it as an example here. They wanted to find all occurances of the following style of XML: <foobar> < property = "blah" /> </foobar> And they...
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    Build Comment Web Pages in VS 2003 and Windows XP SP2

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    If you use documentation created by Build Comment Web Pages in Visual Studio 2003, you will experience problems viewing the documentation after upgrading to Windows XP SP2. Currently, you can download the release candidate for testing purposes here: http...
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    A Testers Hello

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    My name is Eric Mazurkiewicz and I'm a Tester on the VS Core Editor team, in which I own the testing of the Editor itself. This includes basic usage of the editor to more advanced features such as code snippets, intellisense, smart tags, bookmarks (and...
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    YAI (yet another intro...)

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    I'm David Pugh, a developer working on the editor/nav team. My passion (at least when it comes to work) is on making developers more effective. So, if you have a request for something you think would help you work more effectively, let me know. I'd...
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    Hello!

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    My name is Fiona Fung and I'm a developer with the VS Core Editor team. I own the Find & Replace and File Extension Mapping functionality in Whidbey. I graduated from the University of Toronto in 2003. I was an intern with Microsoft in 2001. It...
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    Visual Studio 2010 Beta1 Released!

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    It’s official: Visual Studio 2010 Beta1 has shipped! Check out this page for the official product information or download it (free!) here . So what’s new for the Editor in Beta1? We’ve made significant improvements since the CTP, including better stability...
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    Where did the Editor team go?

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    You may have noticed that we haven’t been blogging quite as often lately, which begs the question, “What has the Editor team been doing since Beta1?” The answer: a lot! We’ve been focusing on a few specific goals since Beta1, and this post should give...
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    Searching and Navigating Code in Visual Studio 2010

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    Every developer knows that navigating code is vital to happy and productive coding. We’ve added several new features for code search and navigation in Visual Studio 2010, including Navigate To and an improved Call Hierarchy, to complement search staples...
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    Visual Studio 2010 UI Unveiled

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    You may have seen a glimpse of the Visual Studio 2010 editor in the past couple of months, but you've never seen it look like this! At VSLive! in San Francisco last week, Visual Studio General Manager Jason Zander unveiled a completely new UI for Visual...
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    Snippy Released!

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    We have released a new powertoy Snippy . It is a Code Snippet editor that will allow you to create new code snippets or modify existing ones. Please let us know if you have any problems installing or using it. There are two versions posted, one for the...
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