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  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2012 New Features: Compatibility (aka Project Round-Tripping)

      Now that Visual Studio 2012 is pretty well baked I thought it would be good to start revisiting some of my favorite features again and introduce new ones.  Since project round-tripping is one of my most favorite features I thought we would start with it.    The Dark Ages In all...
  • Blog Post: Using the Miscellaneous Files Project

    Menu: Tools -> Options -> Environment -> Documents Versions: 2008,2010 Published: 3/30/2010 Code: vstipProj0012 Did you know that Solution Explorer can display a Miscellaneous Files project for files that you do not want to permanently associate with a project or solution, but you still want...
  • Blog Post: Track Active Item in Solution Explorer

    Menu:  Tools -> Options -> Projects and Solutions –> General Commands:  View.TrackActivityinSolutionExplorer Versions:  2005,2008, 2010 Published:  3/29/2010 Code:  vstipProj0011   Note: Several people have asked if you can turn this feature on and off at will....
  • Blog Post: Creating Temporary Projects

    Menu: Tools -> Options -> Projects and Solutions -> General Versions: 2008,2010 Published: 3/28/2010 Code: vstipProj0010 Ever just want to crank a project but not keep it around? This is particularly useful if you are showing a colleague something real quick or doing ad-hoc demos. All you have...
  • Blog Post: Hide or Show the Solution File in Solution Explorer

    Menu: Tools -> Options -> Projects and Solutions -> General Versions: 2008,2010 Published: 3/26/2010 Code: vstipProj0008 If you don't like seeing the solution file in Solution Explorer, you can easily hide it (or show it if you have it hidden). First, let's review what the default looks like...
  • Blog Post: Toggle Icon Size in the New Project Dialog

    Versions: 2008,2010 Published: 3/25/2010 Code: vstipProj0007 When you create a new project (or add a new item) in Visual Studio you can change the icon size from small to medium (called large in VS2008). To do this locate the buttons that change the icon to your desired size and click on them. In VS2010...
  • Blog Post: Using Older Frameworks with Multi-Targeting

    Versions: 2008,2010 Published: 3/23/2010 Code: vstipProj0005 Do people make fun of your out-of-date IDE? Do you have to sit alone in the cafeteria because you use an older Framework? Well don't worry! We can make you cool again. Even if you use an older version of the Framework you can still use all...
  • Blog Post: Roll Your Own Project Template with the Export Template Wizard

    Menu: File -> Export Template Command: File.ExportTemplate Versions: 2008,2010 Published: 2/22/2010 Code: vstipProj0004 Are you always adding the same extra files to project templates? Ever just wish you could have it all just "be" there? Well you can with the Export Template Wizard! It slices, it...
  • Blog Post: Sorting Templates in the New Project Dialog

    Versions: 2010 Published: 2/14/2010 Code: vstipProj0003 Ever just want to have an alphabetical list of templates in the New Project dialog? Your wait is over! Just use the new "Sort By" dropdown that is available:
  • Blog Post: Recent Project Templates in the New Project Dialog

    Versions: 2010 Published: 2/13/2010 Code: vstipProj0002 Did you know in the New Project dialog you can get a list of your most recent templates? Just click on "Recent Templates" section and you are presented with a list of templates you have used lately.
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