Did you know… How to increase your Visual Studio environment fonts for presentations? – #233

Thanks to everyone who attended my talks on Friday.  Wow.  What a great turnout and response!  I really appreciate the kind words.  Charlie Calvert and I worked so hard this past month to get the talk ready.  I’m so happy to see it was well-received.

For this week, i’m going to write-up tips from the talk that weren’t already covered in the Tip of the Day series.

For TechEd 2008, the speakers were given the following fonts and colors suggestions.  If you are doing any upcoming presentations, i highly recommend using these settings.

Go to Tools – Options – Environment – Fonts and Colors, and under the Show Settings For combo box, make the following changes:

Text Editor: Arial 14

Editor Tooltip: Calibri 14

[All Text Tool Windows]: Tahoma 13

[Watch, Locals, and Autos Tool Windows]: Tahoma 13

Environment Font: Calibri 14 – Note: this is a new VS2008 Feature.  You can now customize everything else in the shell that isn’t covered by a specific setting.


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Comments (8)

  1. Last week I was talking some folks at TechEd and it seemed customized settings of Visual Studio came

  2. Joe D says:

    Is there a way to switch between presentation" settings and your normal development settings?

    I develop with Consolas white on a black background, which looks absolutely awful on our projectors.

    The Import and Export Settings Wizard never seems to work right either…

  3. Mike Adams says:

    Joe, I hope you work with Import and Export settings to get it working for you. Just yesterday I "played" with it thanks to (http://blog.pewitt.org/PermaLink,guid,68bf9c43-15bc-437e-9fef-2ffa9cd7b47c.aspx).

    FYI, this link is all of Sara’s posting on the topic http://blogs.msdn.com/saraford/search.aspx?q=import+and+export&p=1

    One thing that I found as an issue: Having more then one Visual Studio open while tweaking settings is very problematic. I have found times when my settings don’t save at close. TIP: when working with settings, have only one VS open.

    I would create a vsssettings file for presentations and another for daily development

    Sara — Great post! You really got me to put multiple thoughts together: Import & Export and presentation settings.

  4. My latest in a series of the weekly, or more often, summary of interesting links I come across related to Visual Studio. Sara Ford’s Tip of the Day #233 covers increasing Visual Studio environment fonts for presentations . US ISV Developer Evangelism

  5. I previously posted about getting back into regularly presenting which included a great link to 11 top

  6. Clay C says:

    Joe D I think you have to do it yourself with arrays, I personally have been trying to figure out an easy way to implent new them settings with a single array and a few links with not alot of resources taken, but the best I got it is 2,000 resources to change everything up…

    I would like to ask if there is a way to remove unused resource by "My Application" so it will obviously work smoother and better…


    Clay C

  7. Noto que cada vez más el aspecto preferido por los programadores es fondo oscuro con letras claras, por

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