Did you know… There’s is a Go To Definition navigation stack?! – #367

update 2 dec 2008: This feature originated in C++ over 10 years ago. My bad C++ folks for my earlier statements that it was only a C# feature. I added the exclamation point, because I never knew this. It is amazing that I’m still finding out about IDE features! When does the madness end? But…

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Did you know… There’s a way to have Visual Studio log its activity for troubleshooting? – #366

There’s a built-in command line switch devenv.exe /log to log Visual Studio activity, e.g. which packages got loaded, etc. I’ll call out immediately that the documentation is wrong, but you should read Paul’s comments at the bottom of the page for the real documentation (Paul was a dev on VS). http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms241272.aspx If no file is…

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Did you know… How to add a Linked Item to a project – #365

This feature is helpful when you need a common file shared among projects, like a bitmap, readme, set of common tools and utilities, etc. To add, right-click on the project in the solution explorer, and select Add – Existing Item.  You’ll notice the “Add” button is one of those button-dropdowns.  Drop down the Add button…

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Did you know… Visual Studio comes with an image library for you to use in your applications? – #364

Starting in Visual Studio 2005, you’ll find the Visual Studio Image Library, a zip file that contains over a 1000 images to create applications that have a consistent UI look and feel to Windows, Office, and Visual Studio. During the Visual Studio setup, the VS2008ImageLibrary.zip file is installed at \Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\Common7\VS2008ImageLibrary\ In…

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Did you know… Ctrl+. shows a smart tag – #359

We’ve all seen smart tags before, the little line that appears whether we’re renaming something or VS wants to help us add a using statement to our code. There are two keyboard shortcuts to invoke (show) smart tags in the editor. There’s the keyboard shortcut no one can seem to remember Alt+Shift+F10, required for consistency…

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Did you know… you can display a license in the Content Installer – #358

Directly from the help documentation: To display an End User License Agreement (EULA) in the Visual Studio Content Installer, you must embed this information in the .zip file. WinZip supports including embedded information through the Comment feature. For more information about WinZip, see http://www.winzip.com. For more information about the Comment feature, see the WinZip Help…

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