Category Archives: Visual Studio tips

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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Visual Studio customization with lightweight extensions and Visual Commander

Visual Studio is a very capable and mature IDE, plus there are 5,942 items in Visual Studio Gallery from 3rd parties, extending functionality even further in all possible directions. Still, if it is not written by you it can’t be … Continue reading

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Code reference hyperlinks in Visual Studio 2015

Visual Studio 2015 allows you to create links to classes and method in other files from a comment in your C# code: When the cursor is inside the cref attribute, pressing F12 or selecting Go To Definition opens the corresponding … Continue reading

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Visual Studio tips from Ben Williams

Ben Williams runs a series of Visual Studio tips that currently includes 8 posts. Read them all starting from the tips index page.

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Visual Studio Time Savers

Susan Ibach runs a Visual Studio Time Savers video series highlighting useful, but not very well known Visual Studio IDE features. Have a look!

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Separating C++ project properties between VS 2010 and VS 2013

Since Visual Studio 2010, common C++ project properties (e.g. external VC++ Directories like Include Directories and Library Directories) are defined in property sheet files and managed with the Visual Studio Property Manager. See Sharing project properties in Visual C++ by … Continue reading

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Adjusting the width of “Solution Configurations” drop-down list in the Visual Studio toolbar

You rarely change the width of Visual Studio toolbar elements, but it is good to know about such possibility. For example, to change the width of Solution Configurations drop-down list, go to toolbar customization and adjust the Width value: References: … Continue reading

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Visual Studio Class View and Object Browser Icons

A good reference for Visual Studio icons related to code, available for different versions of Visual Studio.

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Visual Studio startup options – Load last loaded solution

If you work mostly on a single solution, selecting the Load last loaded solution option for Visual Studio startup configuration will speed up and simplify your Visual Studio launch:  

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