Did you know…. How to customize what directory the File – Open – File dialog opens to? – #118

Today’s tip is pretty straightforward.  Under Tools – Options – Environment – Documents, there’s the Open file using directory of currently active document.  When reading this, it took me a few seconds to think "what’s the open file thingy?"  It’s referring to the File – Open – File dialog. If you have this option checked,…

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Did you know… How to edit a read-only file in VS? – #117

In Tools – Options – Environment – Documents, there’s the option Allow editing of read-only files; warn when attempt to save. If this option is checked (my personal preference), you’ll get prompted whether you want to overwrite or save the document as something else.  My thoughts are if i’m editing the file, i want to…

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Did you know… How to automatically refresh an open document in the editor? – #116

Under Tools – Options – Environment – Documents, there’s the option to Detect when file is changed outside the environment.  Under it is the subsequent option to auto-load changes, if saved. Personally, I can’t imagine working without having the first checkbox enabled.  However, as for the second, I don’t think I’m brave enough to enable…

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Did you know… How to reuse the same editor window when opening files? – #115

Go to Tools – Options – Environment – Documents, and check the Reuse current document window, if saved option to give it a try. If the current document window is dirty (meaning you’ve made a modification, but haven’t saved yet), the next document will open in its own document window.  However, if the current document…

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Did you know… You can speed up or slow down how fast a tool window slides to a from a docked position? – #114

On the Tools – Options – Environment – General page, you’ll find an animate environment tools slider.  This option controls the speed at which a tool window will slide in and out of an auto-hide state. Additionally, you can opt-out completely from the animation effect by unchecking the animate environment tools checkbox.  Now, tool windows…

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Did you know… How to customize auto-hiding and closing docked tool windows? – #113

In the Tools – Options – Environment – General page, you’ll find the checkboxes Close button affects active tool window only Auto Hide button affects active tool window only Below is a snapshot of two tool windows docked together with the "closed button" and the "auto hide button" circled. If you want just the solution…

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The Twelve Yats of Christmas (12 days of Christmas – New Orleans Style)

I’m in New Orleans right now (Miss Gulf Coast to be exact), and I just heard The 12 Yats of Christmas on the radio today.  Hysterical.  Anyone from New Orleans will crack up listening to this. The music video is up on youtube of course, but check out Benny Grunch’s website (mute your speakers) to…

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Did you know… You can hide the Visual Studio status bar? – #112

I’m not sure what the user scenario is for hiding the status bar, but if you need / want to hide it, you can.  Go to Tools – Options – Environment – General and uncheck Show Status Bar If you have a real-world example, please let me know!  Thanks! Technorati tags: VS2005Tip, VS2008Tip

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Did you know… How to customize the number of items shown in the recent files lists? (and where to find those lists) – #111

Yes, you’ve guessed it, we’re in a series of related tips… with the lowest common denominator being the Tools – Options – Environment – General page. Today’s tip we’re going to look at the Recent Files options, starting with the number of files to be shown in the Window menu. This controls the number of…

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Did you know… Visual Studio supports a MDI mode? – #110

In Visual Studio, there’s a setting to toggle Visual Studio from the default tabbed document mode to a MDI (Multiple Document Interface) mode, as it is commonly referred to.  Go to Tools – Options – Environment – General and select Multiple documents found under Window Layout. For you Visual Studio .NET 2003 users (or those…

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