Did you know… You can save all your Command Window aliases to a file? – #249

In a much earlier tip, I talked about how to create a command window alias and how to view them.

Use "alias" command to view your command window aliases

Since we’re in the profile tip series, here’s how you can export your saved command window aliases.

Go to Tools – Import / Export Settings – Export Settings, and in the list, you’ll see the Command Window Aliases checkbox.  This will export this list in the picture above to a .vssettings file.

Export Command Window Aliases

The best part is that the content in human-editable in the .vssettings file.  If you want to make an tweaks, like a rename, or add your own, you can do it manually at the .vssettings file level.

Command Aliases in .vssettings file

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Comments (2)

  1. Jon says:


    I don’t know if this is something that you would know or not, but, I was wondering if you know if there is a shortcut/accelerator key that will take you to the combo box in Visual Studio that lists the methods that is above the source code editing window when you are editing a C# file? That’s a really useful drop down that I use a lot. It would be nice to be able to press a key to get to it rather than always having to use the mouse.

  2. My latest in a series of the weekly, or more often, summary of interesting links I come across related to Visual Studio. The Windows SDK Blog has a WinSDK bug notification: SDK Config Tool appears to work but fails (GUI version of the tool). Greg Duncan

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