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  • Blog Post: Improving Performance by Changing the Visual Experience

    Menu: Tools -> Options -> Environment -> General -> Visual Experience Versions: 2010 Published: 6/22/2010 Code: vstipEnv0017 Visual Studio 2010 automatically adjusts the Visual Studio visual experience depending on the situation. For example, the use of gradients and animations is usually...
  • Blog Post: Understanding the File Tab Channel Drop Down Button

    Versions: 2008,2010 Published: 4/2/2010 Code: vstipEnv0012 This one is is something most of us probably have never noticed. Did you know the File Tab Channel Drop Down Button changes? Let's say I have a couple of files open, here is what the button looks like (far right): But if I open up a few more...
  • Blog Post: Close All But This on the File Tab Channel

    Command: File.CloseAllButThis Versions: 2008,2010 Published: 4/1/2010 Code: vstipEnv0011 If you ever get the urge to close every file except one you want to keep open then just right-click on the file tab and choose "Close All But This":
  • Blog Post: Closing Just the Selected Files You Want

    Menu: Window -> Windows Command: Window.Windows Versions: 2008,2010 Published: 3/31/2010 Code: vstipEnv0010 What do you do when you have a lot of files open and only want to close a few of them? You do it old school! Just go to Window -> Windows. on the Menu Bar: Select the files you want to close...
  • Blog Post: Printing in Different Fonts and Colors

    Menu: Tools -> Options -> Environment -> Fonts and Colors Versions: 2008 Published: 3/11/2010 Code: vstipEnv0007 NOTE: This is one of the features that is in 2008 but didn't make the cut in 2010. There are a number of reasons for this and it is being probably going to be put in the next version...
  • Blog Post: Print with Line Numbers

    Keyboard: CTRL + P Menu: File -> Print Command: File.Print Versions: 2008,2010 Published: 3/9/2010 Code: vstipEnv0006 Want to print your line numbers with your code? Don't worry! You can do it by just checking the "Include line numbers" option in the Print Dialog:
  • Blog Post: Use F6 to Jump Between Split Windows

    Keyboard: F6; SHIFT + F6 Command: Window.NextSplitPane; Window.PreviousSplitPane Versions: 2008,2010 Published: 3/6/2010 Code: vstipEnv0005 If you have split windows (Window -> Split), you can easily jump the cursor between windows without using your mouse by pressing F6:
  • Blog Post: Split Your Windows

    Menu: Window -> Split Command: Windows.Split Versions: 2008,2010 Published: 3/5/2010 Code: vstipEnv0004 Did you know you can split your windows? This feature has been available in a lot of Microsoft products for some time. You can simply go to Window -> Split on the Menu Bar or you can use this...
  • Blog Post: Using CTRL + ALT + Down Arrow to Open the File Menu Dropdown List

    Keyboard: CTRL + ALT + Down Arrow Command: Window.ShowEzMDIFileList Versions: 2008,2010 Published: 2/21/2010 Code: vstipEnv0003 When you have a lot of files in the File Tab it is sometimes easier to view them as a list. The File Menu Dropdown List will do that for you. It's the dropdown to the far right...
  • Blog Post: Help Samples

    Menu: Help -> Samples Command: Help.Samples Versions: 2008,2010 Published: 2/15/2010 Code: vstipEnv0002 This is another one of those things that is always there but we tend to forget about. Did you know that you can get samples from inside Visual Studio? Just go to Help -> Samples on your menu...
  • Blog Post: Insert Documents to the Right of Existing Tabs

    Menu: Tools -> Options -> Environment -> Documents Versions: 2010 Published: 2/10/2010 Code: vstipEnv0001 Now, by popular demand, Visual Studio 2010 comes with the option to put newly opened documents in the File Channel to the RIGHT of existing tabs. This has been a long requested feature and...
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