Visual Studio 2012 New Features: Quick Launch

In the past, finding things deep in the IDE has been a challenge. Visual Studio 2012 introduces search abilities at virtually every level of the product. Perhaps the biggest change is the introduction of Quick Launch (CTRL + Q) which specifically addresses how to dig inside Visual Studio to find features you need. Let’s take…


Format HTML on Paste

Menu:  Tools -> Options -> Text Editor -> HTML -> MiscellaneousVersions:  2008,2010Published:  12/22/2010Code:  vstipEdit0092   Work with SharePoint?  Then make sure to check out the new SharePoint Developer Team Blog!   If you find yourself pasting unformatted HTML a lot then this one is for you!  Just go to Tools -> Options -> Text Editor ->…


Understanding Tag Specific Options

Menu:  Tools -> Options -> Text Editor -> HTML -> Formatting -> Tag Specific OptionsVersions:  2008,2010Published:  12/19/2010Code:  vstipEdit0089   General Information In vstipEdit0089 (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/zainnab/archive/2010/12/18/format-the-current-document-or-selection-html-designer-vstipedit0089.aspx) I showed you how do use Format Selection on a sample:     Let’s say you don’t like the way <DIV> tags are formatted.  You can go to Tools -> Options…


Change the Default View in the HTML Editor

Menu:  Tools -> Options -> HTML Designer -> General Versions:  2008,2010Published:  12/15/2010Code:  vstipEdit0088   The default view when you use the HTML Designer is Source View:     If you don’t like this or just want another view to be the default you can go to Tools -> Options -> HTML Designer -> General  and…


JScript Open Braces on a New Line

Menu:  Tools -> Options -> Text Editor -> JScript -> FormattingVersions:  2008,2010Published:  12/13/2010Code:  vstipEdit0087   By default, Visual Studio will format JScript functions and control blocks with the open brace on the same line as the declaration:     Without getting into the big debate about whether this is good or bad, let’s assume you…


Display HTML/CSS Warnings as Errors

Menu:  Tools -> Options -> Text Editor -> HTML -> ValidationVersions:  2008,2010Published:  12/9/2010Code:  vstipEdit0084   Normally HTML and CSS syntax problems will show up as warnings (green squiggles):   These also show up as warnings in the Error List window:     This means you can build and run the application if you choose to…


Insert Quotes When Typing Attribute Values

Menu:  Tools -> Options -> Text Editor -> HTML -> FormattingVersions:  2008,2010Published:  12/6/2010Code:  vstipEdit0082   One of the more annoying things about web development in Visual Studio is when I am typing in attributes and it doesn’t include the quotes automatically:     You can have quotes included automatically when you type in attributes if…


Vertical Split View

Menu:  Tools -> Options -> HTML Designer -> GeneralVersions:  2008,2010Published:  12/5/2010Code:  vstipEdit0081   The default way Split view handles the panes is to tile them horizontally:     However, you can change this by going to Tools -> Options -> HTML Designer -> General and selecting “Split views vertically”:     Now the Split view…


Show Advanced Build Configurations

Menu:  Tools -> Options -> Projects and Solutions -> GeneralVersions:  2008,2010Published:  11/2/2010Code:  vstipProj0016   This one is interesting and the main reason I’m showing it to you is so you know how to turn this back on if it ever gets turned off.  I love the Visual Studio team but every once in a while…


Save Changes Before Building

Menu:  Tools -> Options -> Projects and Solutions -> Build and RunVersions:  2008,2010Published:  10/31/2010Code:  vstipProj0015     In Tools -> Options -> Projects and Solutions -> Build and Run there is an “Before Building”:   The default setting is to save all changes to the solution file and all project files that changed since the…