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Changing Visual Studio 2017 private registry settings

Visual Studio traditionally includes several settings that can be set only in registry (HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\[version] key). For example, Find result format, UseSolutionNavigatorGraphProvider or EnableVSIPLogging. Visual Studio 2017 continues to support these settings, but now uses the RegLoadAppKey function to store registry … Continue reading

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New code navigation shortcuts in Visual Studio 2017

The new Go to All window in Visual Studio 2017 lets you navigate directly to any file or symbol by typing a search query: You can open this window using keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+, or Ctrl+T assigned by default to the … Continue reading

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Semantic C# code highlighting in Visual Studio 2017

A basic code colorizer highlights language keywords, comments and string. A semantic highlighter performs full language parsing which results in very accurate understanding of code and may, for example, give local variables a distinct color to improve the comprehensibility of … Continue reading

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Read and understand code faster with programming ligatures in Fira Code font

A ligature occurs where two or more graphemes or letters are joined as a single glyph. For example, Fira Code font by Nikita Prokopov contains a set of ligatures for common programming multi-character combinations like ++, >= or != : … Continue reading

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Hide the Publish button in the status bar of Visual Studio 2015 Update 2

Visual Studio 2015 Update 2 adds the new Publish button to the status bar to provide a quick and easy way to get solutions into source control: “[The Publish button] aims to provide a quick and easy way to get … Continue reading

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On changing Visual Studio 2015 icon

Visual Studio 2015 Update 1 have changed the main Visual Studio icon (which you see on the taskbar): The intent was to make it different from the Visual Studio 2013 icon, but the result is not obviously better. In this … Continue reading

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Hide code in the Visual Studio editor

You can easily hide any block of code in Visual Studio using the Hide Selection command. Invoke it from the main Edit – Outlining menu, Outlining context menu or with a shortcut to the Edit.HideSelection command: Selected code will be … Continue reading

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