Improving Performance by Changing the Visual Experience

Menu:  Tools -> Options -> Environment -> General -> Visual ExperienceVersions:  2010Published:  6/22/2010Code:  vstipEnv0017   Visual Studio 2010 automatically adjusts the Visual Studio visual experience depending on the situation. For example, the use of gradients and animations is usually eliminated (or reduced) when running Visual Studio over Remote Desktop or in a virtual machine environment….


Understanding the File Tab Channel Drop Down Button

Versions:  2008,2010Published:  4/2/2010 Code:  vstipEnv0012   This one is is something most of us probably have never noticed.  Did you know the File Tab Channel Drop Down Button changes?  Let’s say I have a couple of files open, here is what the button looks like (far right):     But if I open up a…


Close All But This on the File Tab Channel

Command:  File.CloseAllButThisVersions:  2008,2010Published:  4/1/2010 Code:  vstipEnv0011   If you ever get the urge to close every file except one you want to keep open then just right-click on the file tab and choose “Close All But This”:


Closing Just the Selected Files You Want

Menu:  Window -> WindowsCommand:  Window.WindowsVersions:  2008,2010Published:  3/31/2010Code:  vstipEnv0010   What do you do when you have a lot of files open and only want to close a few of them?  You do it old school!  Just go to Window -> Windows. on the Menu Bar:   Select the files you want to close (CTRL +…


Printing in Different Fonts and Colors

Menu:  Tools -> Options -> Environment -> Fonts and ColorsVersions:  2008Published:  3/11/2010Code:  vstipEnv0007   NOTE:  This is one of the features that is in 2008 but didn’t make the cut in 2010.  There are a number of reasons for this and it is being probably going to be put in the next version of Visual…


Print with Line Numbers

Keyboard:  CTRL + P Menu:  File -> PrintCommand:  File.PrintVersions:  2008,2010Published:  3/9/2010Code:  vstipEnv0006   Want to print your line numbers with your code?  Don’t worry!  You can do it by just checking the “Include line numbers” option in the Print Dialog:


Use F6 to Jump Between Split Windows

Keyboard:  F6; SHIFT + F6Command:  Window.NextSplitPane; Window.PreviousSplitPaneVersions:  2008,2010Published:  3/6/2010Code:  vstipEnv0005   If you have split windows (Window -> Split), you can easily jump the cursor between windows without using your mouse by pressing F6:


Split Your Windows

Menu:  Window -> Split Command:  Windows.SplitVersions:  2008,2010Published:  3/5/2010Code:  vstipEnv0004   Did you know you can split your windows?  This feature has been available in a lot of Microsoft products for some time.  You can simply go to Window -> Split on the Menu Bar or you can use this mouse technique:   Go the upper…


Using CTRL + ALT + Down Arrow to Open the File Menu Dropdown List

Keyboard:  CTRL + ALT + Down ArrowCommand:  Window.ShowEzMDIFileListVersions:  2008,2010Published:  2/21/2010Code:  vstipEnv0003   When you have a lot of files in the File Tab it is sometimes easier to view them as a list.  The File Menu Dropdown List will do that for you.  It’s the dropdown to the far right on the File Tab that…


Help Samples

Menu:  Help -> Samples Command:  Help.SamplesVersions:  2008,2010Published:  2/15/2010Code:  vstipEnv0002   This is another one of those things that is always there but we tend to forget about.  Did you know that you can get samples from inside Visual Studio?  Just go to Help -> Samples on your menu bar:   And in VS2010 you will…