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  • Blog Post: Now Shipping! Coding Faster: Getting More Productive with Visual Studio (Covers Microsoft Visual Studio 2005, 2008, and 2010)

    At long last it is with great pride that I can officially announce the availability our new book! After a year of work and a few interesting speed bumps along the way the book is now in stores world-wide. If you want the best price that I have seen so far, I suggest you go to Amazon: http://www.amazon...
  • Blog Post: Split Code Windows Vertically

    Windows: ALT + W, N (new window); ALT + W, V (new vertical tab group) Menu: Window | New Window; Window | New Vertical Tab Group Command: Window.NewWindow; Window.NewVerticalTabGroup Versions: 2005, 2008, 2010 Code: vstipEnv0063     For quite some time you have been able to split your code...
  • Blog Post: Organize Your Code with Named Regions

      Versions: 2005, 2008, 2010 Code: vstipEdit0095     Did you know you can create named Regions that can be used to organize your code? Let’s take a look at how to do it.   Creating Named Regions C++ In C++ you create regions by using “#pragma region” with label and “#pragma endregion...
  • Blog Post: TODO Comments in the Task List

    The text version of this video can be found here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/zainnab/archive/2010/06/07/todo-comments-in-the-task-list-vstiptool0029.aspx   If you can't play the embedded video below, you can see it here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l47g7_Qe8HE   You can also see my entire...
  • Blog Post: Accessing the Toolbar Inside Tool Windows with the Keyboard

    Windows: SHIFT + ALT Versions: 2005, 2008, 2010 Code: vstipTool0126     When you are inside most tool windows, for example, the Breakpoints window:     You can easily get to the toolbar using the keyboard by pressing SHIFT + ALT:   NOTE: Using this technique may require a small...
  • Blog Post: Setting a Breakpoint in the Call Stack Window

    The text version of this video can be found here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/zainnab/archive/2010/02/05/setting-a-breakpoint-in-the-call-stack-window-vstipdebug0008.aspx     If you can't play the embedded video below, you can see it here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_H_bLEHVZc  ...
  • Blog Post: Understanding Commands: The Extend Keyword

    Versions: 2005, 2008, 2010 Code: vstipTool0125     If you work with Commands much you may have noticed that there are sometimes two or more versions of a command. It usually looks like this:     So what does the word “Extend” mean? It’s actually pretty simple. “Extend” means “Select...
  • Blog Post: Moving or Selecting Between Matching Braces vstipEdit0075

    The text version of this video can be found here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/zainnab/archive/2010/10/15/moving-between-matching-braces-c-vstipedit0075.aspx   If you can't play the embedded video below, you can see it here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBkaN0iXGrk     You can also...
  • Blog Post: Reset Fonts and Colors

    Windows: ALT + T, O Menu: Tools | Options | Fonts and Colors Versions: 2005, 2008, 2010 Code: vstipEnv0061 It’s quite common to customize your fonts and colors by going to Tools | Options | Fonts and Colors: However, you may find yourself needing to just reset all your fonts and...
  • Blog Post: Accessing the Menu Bar

    Versions:  2005,2008, 2010 Code:  vstipEnv0060   This tip came up recently and has been around for a while.  Did you know you can access the Menu Bar using the keyboard?  By default the Menu Bar looks like this:     But, if you press the ALT key it sets the focus to...
  • Blog Post: Reset Window Layout

    Windows:  ALT + W, R Menu:   Window | Reset Window Layout Command:  Window.ResetWindowLayout Versions:  2005, 2008, 2010 Code:  vstipEnv0059   When working with your various window layouts you sometimes will get to the point where you just want to start over:  ...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Permissions Needed on Windows Vista or Later

    Versions: 2005,2008,2010 Published: 12/3/2010 Code: vstipEnv0056 There seems to be a popular misconception that you need to have Administrator privileges to use Visual Studio. While this is true in some cases it isn't true in all of them. So when do you need to run Visual Studio as an administrator and...
  • Blog Post: Properties Window Keyboard Shortcuts

    Keyboard: F4; ALT + ENTER; (see tables below) Menu: View -> Properties; View -> Property Pages Command: View.PropertiesWindow; View.PropertyPages Versions: 2008,2010 Published: 10/21/2010 Code: vstipTool0111 The Properties window allows you to "view and change the design-time properties and events...
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