Quick tips to make you more efficient in Visual Studio
Customizing search output in Visual Studio
When you do a Find in Files (CTRL+SHIFT+F), by default the output displays the file path which can fill up the results window.
Did you know you can use a registry key to customize the output of your search?
Create a string value in the registry called “Find result format”
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\12.0\Find for Visual Studio 2013
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\11.0\Find for Visual Studio 2012
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\10.0\Find for Visual Studio 2010
Here are the different values you can specify for the registry string. I like to use a string value of $f$e($l,$c):$t\r\n
- $f is the filename
- $e is the extension
- $l is the line
- $c is the column
- $t is the text on the line
- \n newline
- \r carriage return
The end result? Simpler search results (as long as you don’t need the file path)
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