Exporting Your Environment Settings

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Exporting Your Environment Settings

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Menu:  Tools -> Import and Export Settings
Command:  Tools.ImportandExportSettings
Versions:  2008,2010
Published:  7/14/2010
Code:  vstipEnv0021

 

You can export your settings by going to Tools -> Import and Export Settings Wizard:

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Export selected environment settings - will allow you to save your settings to a .vssettings file.

 

Clicking Next will show the "Choose Settings to Export" dialog:

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You can expand out areas to pick the items you want to exclude:

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By default, almost everything is included except for items that could expose sensitive information.  The only thing that is NOT selected is the Import and Export Settings option:

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After you make your choices and click Next you can pick your location(c:\users\<current user>\documents\visual studio 2010\settings by default) and file name (current date by default) for the exported information:

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When you click Finish the settings will be exported and you will get this dialog:

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In case you are curious, the file itself is just an XML file you can open in Notepad and see the contents:

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  • 'tis a great thing. I wish more apps let you import/export their configs. (The ones which allow complex customisation, at least.)

  • Totally agree Leo :)

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