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  • Tracking active item in Solution Explorer

    I find it hard when the currently active code sheet or item is not highlighted in solution explorer and there were times when i couldn't easily see where the option is so this is for my future reference. VS 2003: Tools->Options->Environment->Projects and Solution VS 2005: Tools->Options...
    Posted to jokiz by jokiz on 08-28-2007
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  • Closing shortcuts

    if you're a keyboard junkie, you might have mistaken to close that Visual Studio Tool Window (resharper's find usage is a prime candidate) with an Alt+F4 keystroke and when you don't have any changes to save, your slow VS which took you almost a minute to load is now closed. Next time, just...
    Posted to jokiz by jokiz on 05-07-2007
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  • dropping dropdowns

    i haven't really used this shortcut key for the past years and eversince i used firefox with the web search, i became hooked into it. i've been using it in every application (ms excel, visual studio) to toggle the dropdownlist items. no need to use the mouse. so next time you want to select an...
    Posted to jokiz by jokiz on 08-09-2006
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  • double quote and @ keys are switched in visual studio

    i noticed yesterday that my double quote key is switched with the @ key in visual studio. i tried it in notepad and it seems to be working. i'm glad i found a helpful post in the msdn forums this morning on how to fix this and it turns out that i have two language settings installed, US and UK, i...
    Posted to jokiz by jokiz on 08-08-2006
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  • Visual Studio Tip #5 - Track Active Item in Solution Explorer

    the development machine of my teammate is pretty messed up so i assumed that the hooking up of visual studio ide events on his machine is not working. one of the features i love with visual studio is when it automatically highlights the currently active code sheet in the solution explorer and this feature...
    Posted to jokiz by jokiz on 07-31-2006
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  • visual studio font

    i have used ronald weigelt 's theme for visual studio eversince i started using visual studio .NET. he is the developer behind the smart commenter ghostdoc addin. customizing the font, background, etc. of the IDE was a craze in my first company and i don't want to waste my time configuring mine so i...
    Posted to jokiz by jokiz on 06-06-2006
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  • Server Explorer

    I wanted to browse the tables of a Microsoft Access mdb file but unluckily, i just have the standard edition of Microsoft Office on my machine (which obviously does not have Microsoft Access). Obviously it's not a problem for me, since I have Visual Studio installed. I just need to create a new data...
    Posted to jokiz by jokiz on 03-21-2006
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  • power alt

    power alt is the term i use in doing this: just hold that ALT key while you do your mouse select i usually do this when removing those tab characters from VS when copying code to a forum or a blog post.
    Posted to jokiz by jokiz on 03-05-2006
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  • VS useful shortcuts

    was reading some of my .NET feeds when i bumped into Roy's post on VS shortcuts Press Ctrl-X or Ctrl-C in a line where you have *no selection* - and you'll automatically copy or cut the entire current line. Save lots of time and pain, and just isn't well known. (why did i not know about that!) http:...
    Posted to jokiz by jokiz on 02-21-2006
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  • adding gac assemblies to add reference assembly listing

    i am currently exploring log4net and how to use it to my newly assigned project. i downloaded the source code and i needed to install it in the gac so i can easily reference it in my projects. i tried to rebuild the source and had some problem with strong naming. couldn't figure out what the problem...
    Posted to jokiz by jokiz on 02-08-2006
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  • XML Documentation for VS Intellisense

    I always try to supply xml documentation for my codes no matter how descriptive I name my methods and properties. I wanted my team to take advantage of the xml comments that I have provided through Intellisense for some of the classes that I have done and revised so I configured our solutions to produce...
    Posted to jokiz by jokiz on 08-10-2005
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  • Collapse All in Solution Explorer

    I always use the collapse to definitions/toggle all outlining feature of VS editor. I have long wanted to be able to do the same with solution explorer and this afternoon, I was able to find a macro just for the collapse all through usenet. http://www.codeproject.com/macro/collapseall.asp
    Posted to jokiz by jokiz on 06-02-2005
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  • Most Common VS IDE mistake

    I think the most common mistake that I always encounter with VS is on adding new projects. I have all the VS family installed (VB.NET, C#, etc.) and I sometimes use VB.NET just for trying some things out. When I want to add a new C# Console Project, I quickly browse to the Console Application Template...
    Posted to jokiz by jokiz on 05-04-2005
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  • Visual Studio Tip #4 - Debugging expressions by highlighting

    When you just want to watch for the result of a particular operation, like (this.Right - this.Left)/2 you don't need to copy and paste it in the Immediate Window or launch QuickWatch with the expression selected. You just have to select the said expression and point the mouse over it.
    Posted to jokiz by jokiz on 04-28-2005
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  • Visual Studio Tip #2 - Modules Window

    You want to debug your source code in VS but then the breakpoint that you set has a question mark in it saying "Breakpoint will not be hit." I have two reasons that I can provide you: Debug symbols are not loaded The assembly being used is a different version / assembly is not yet loaded This is where...
    Posted to jokiz by jokiz on 03-31-2005
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