Enable Debugging in Web.Config

Versions:  2008,2010Published:  12/14/2010Code:  vstipProj0026   If you have ever created a web project in Visual Studio then you have undoubtedly encountered this dialog:     A quick read tells you that it will modify the Web.config file to enable debugging:     There are a couple of things to point out here: 1.  You can…


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…


Disable HTML, CSS, or JScript IntelliSense

Menu:  Tools -> Options -> Text Editor -> HTML -> GeneralVersions:  2008,2010Published:  12/10/2010Code:  vstipEdit0085   Personally, I love IntelliSense anywhere I code:   However, some folks don’t like it in some places and one place I find that is true is in the HTML editor.  You can turn off IntelliSense by going to Tools ->…


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…


View in Browser

Keyboard:  CTRL + SHIFT + WMenu:  File -> View in BrowserCommand:  File.ViewinBrowserVersions:  2008,2010Published:  12/8/2010Code:  vstipTool0119   You can quickly view your current page in your browser by pressing CTRL + SHIFT + W.  It will automatically open up your default browser (see vstipEnv0057 http://blogs.msdn.com/b/zainnab/archive/2010/12/04/using-additional-browsers-for-web-development-vstipenv0057.aspx) for you:


Comment and Uncomment in Web Pages

Keyboard:  CTRL + K, CTRL + C; CTRL + K, CTRL + UMenu:  Edit -> Advanced -> Comment Selection; Edit -> Advanced -> Uncomment SelectionCommand:  Edit.CommentSelection; Edit.UncommentSelectionVersions:  2008,2010Published:  12/7/2010Code:  vstipEdit0083   Comment By now you probably know that you can comment and uncomment your code but did you know you can do the same thing…


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…


Using Additional Browsers for Web Development

Menu:  File -> Browse WithCommand:  File.BrowseWithVersions:  2008,2010Published:  12/4/2010Code:  vstipEnv0057   When you are doing web development in Visual Studio you may want to use a different browser than Internet Explorer.  You can do this by using the Browse With dialog.  Getting to this dialog is a little interesting as it is context sensitive.  So it…