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  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2012 New Features: Quick Launch

    In the past, finding things deep in the IDE has been a challenge. Visual Studio 2012 introduces search abilities at virtually every level of the product. Perhaps the biggest change is the introduction of Quick Launch (CTRL + Q) which specifically addresses how to dig inside Visual Studio to find features...
  • Blog Post: Format HTML on Paste

    Menu: Tools -> Options -> Text Editor -> HTML -> Miscellaneous Versions: 2008,2010 Published: 12/22/2010 Code: vstipEdit0092 Work with SharePoint? Then make sure to check out the new SharePoint Developer Team Blog ! If you find yourself pasting unformatted HTML a lot then this...
  • Blog Post: Understanding Tag Specific Options

    Menu: Tools -> Options -> Text Editor -> HTML -> Formatting -> Tag Specific Options Versions: 2008,2010 Published: 12/19/2010 Code: vstipEdit0089 General Information In vstipEdit0089 ( http://blogs.msdn.com/b/zainnab/archive/2010/12/18/format-the-current-document-or-selection-html-designer...
  • Blog Post: Change the Default View in the HTML Editor

    Menu: Tools -> Options -> HTML Designer -> General Versions: 2008,2010 Published: 12/15/2010 Code: vstipEdit0088 The default view when you use the HTML Designer is Source View: If you don't like this or just want another view to be the default you can go to Tools -> Options...
  • Blog Post: JScript Open Braces on a New Line

    Menu: Tools -> Options -> Text Editor -> JScript -> Formatting Versions: 2008,2010 Published: 12/13/2010 Code: vstipEdit0087 By default, Visual Studio will format JScript functions and control blocks with the open brace on the same line as the declaration: Without getting into the big debate...
  • Blog Post: Display HTML/CSS Warnings as Errors

    Menu: Tools -> Options -> Text Editor -> HTML -> Validation Versions: 2008,2010 Published: 12/9/2010 Code: vstipEdit0084 Normally HTML and CSS syntax problems will show up as warnings (green squiggles): These also show up as warnings in the Error List window: This means you can build and...
  • Blog Post: Insert Quotes When Typing Attribute Values

    Menu: Tools -> Options -> Text Editor -> HTML -> Formatting Versions: 2008,2010 Published: 12/6/2010 Code: vstipEdit0082 One of the more annoying things about web development in Visual Studio is when I am typing in attributes and it doesn't include the quotes automatically: You can have quotes...
  • Blog Post: Vertical Split View

    Menu: Tools -> Options -> HTML Designer -> General Versions: 2008,2010 Published: 12/5/2010 Code: vstipEdit0081 The default way Split view handles the panes is to tile them horizontally: However, you can change this by going to Tools -> Options -> HTML Designer -> General and selecting...
  • Blog Post: Show Advanced Build Configurations

    Menu: Tools -> Options -> Projects and Solutions -> General Versions: 2008,2010 Published: 11/2/2010 Code: vstipProj0016 This one is interesting and the main reason I'm showing it to you is so you know how to turn this back on if it ever gets turned off. I love the Visual Studio team but every...
  • Blog Post: Save Changes Before Building

    Menu: Tools -> Options -> Projects and Solutions -> Build and Run Versions: 2008,2010 Published: 10/31/2010 Code: vstipProj0015 In Tools -> Options -> Projects and Solutions -> Build and Run there is an "Before Building": The default setting is to save all changes to the solution file...
  • Blog Post: Understanding Just My Code

    Menu: Tools -> Options -> Debugging -> General Versions: 2008,2010 Published: 10/25/2010 Code: vstipDebug0032 Ever notice the "Enable Just My Code" option in Tools -> Options -> Debugging -> General? Lots of people wonder what "Just My Code" really means. I thought it would be a good...
  • Blog Post: The Exception Assistant

    Versions: 2008,2010 Published: 10/23/2010 Code: vstipDebug0030 The Exception Assistant appears whenever a run-time exception occurs. It shows the type of exception, troubleshooting tips, and corrective actions as applicable: Exception Object and Description The layout is pretty straightforward you have...
  • Blog Post: Break All Processes When One Process Breaks

    Menu: Tools -> Options -> Debugging -> General Versions: 2008,2010 Published: 10/22/2010 Code: vstipDebug0029 In vstipEnv0015 ( http://blogs.msdn.com/b/zainnab/archive/2010/05/10/multiple-startup-projects-vstipenv0015.aspx ) we looked at how to run multiple projects at the same time. Now we...
  • Blog Post: Show All Settings with Visual Basic Settings

    Menu: Tools -> Options Command: Tools.Options Versions: 2008,2010 Published: 9/24/2010 Code: vstipEnv0042 Make sure to check out the Windows Phone Developer Portal ! When you choose Visual Basic settings during your install: You may notice, when you go to Tools -> Options...
  • Blog Post: Navigate Task List Entries with the Keyboard

    Command: View.NextTask; View.PreviousTask Versions: 2008,2010 Published: 9/22/2010 Code: vstipTool0092 Make sure to check out the Windows Phone Developer Portal ! F8 and SHIFT + F8 are the universal "next" and "previous" keyboard shortcuts for items in tool window lists. For example, when...
  • Blog Post: Stop the Toolbox from Auto-Populating from the Solution

    Menu: Tools -> Options -> Windows Forms Designer Versions: 2008,2010 Published: 9/20/2010 Code: vstipTool0090 Make sure to check out the Windows Phone Developer Portal ! If you find that the Toolbox is taking a long time scanning a solution with a lot of projects in it, you can keep...
  • Blog Post: How to not automatically search for the currently selected word

    Menu: Tools -> Options -> Environment -> Find and Replace Versions: 2008,2010 Published: 9/16/2010 Code: vstipFind0018 Make sure to check out the Windows Phone Developer Portal ! If you are annoyed when your Find operations automatically populate with the word you happen to have...
  • Blog Post: Edit Read-Only Files

    Menu: Tools -> Options -> Environment -> Documents Versions: 2008,2010 Published: 9/15/2010 Code: vstipEdit0074 Make sure to check out the Windows Phone Developer Portal ! When you open a read-only document you will get an indicator that looks like a tiny lock on the file tab: ...
  • Blog Post: Insert spaces vs. Keep tabs

    Menu: Tools -> Options -> Text Editor -> [Language] -> Tabs Versions: 2008,2010 Published: 9/8/2010 Code: vstipEdit0072 Make sure to check out the Windows Phone Developer Portal ! Some people like tabs in their code and others are more fond of spaces. You can specify what you...
  • Blog Post: Using Custom File Extension Associations

    Menu: Tools -> Options -> Text Editor -> File Extension Versions: 2008,2010 Published: 8/22/2010 Code: vstipEnv0038 If you have custom file extension you would like to associate with an editing experience. Just go to Tools -> Options -> Text Editor -> File Extension: Simply put in your...
  • Blog Post: Understanding the File Open Location

    Keyboard: CTRL + O Menu: File -> Open -> File Command: File.OpenFile Versions: 2008,2010 Published: 8/18/2010 Code: vstipEnv0035 Have you ever noticed that when you open a file in Visual Studio (CTRL + O) it will automatically use the directory of the current active document? This is an option...
  • Blog Post: Keyboard Shortcuts: Reset All Your Shortcuts

    Menu: Tools -> Options -> Environment -> Keyboard Command: Tools.CustomizeKeyboard Versions: 2008,2010 Published: 8/5/2010 Code: vstipTool0064 If you ever mess up your keyboard shortcuts and just want to reset all the shortcuts back to their default settings you can use the nuclear option...
  • Blog Post: Keyboard Shortcuts: Creating New Shortcuts

    Menu: Tools -> Options -> Keyboard Command: Tools.CustomizeKeyboard Versions: 2008,2010 Published: 8/4/2010 Code: vstipTool0063 So you want to create a new keyboard shortcut but don't know how to do it? Let's walkthrough an example to show you how! First, go to Tools -> Options -> Keyboard...
  • Blog Post: Keyboard Shortcuts: Additional Mapping Schemes

    Menu: Tools -> Options -> Keyboard Command: Tools.CustomizeKeyboard Versions: 2008,2010 Published: 8/3/2010 Code: vstipTool0062 One of the most important places you can go in Visual Studio is the Tools -> Options -> Keyboard area: In vstipTool0061 we looked at how to find shortcut keys for...
  • Blog Post: Find Keyboard Shortcuts

    Menu: Tools -> Options -> Keyboard Command: Tools.CustomizeKeyboard Versions: 2008,2010 Published: 8/2/2010 Code: vstipTool0061 Ever just want to see what keyboard shortcuts there are for something? Let's say, for example, that you want to see if View -> Code has any keyboard shortcuts. A quick...
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