# Sunday, 22 October 2006

I develop on several different pc's like the one that's provided by the customer, my laptop, ... I'm one of those people that likes their custom added keyboard shortcuts, custom color markup in the code. Loosing these settings, or having to set them all again when changing to another computer, would be cumbersome and a waste of time. Luckely for us Visual Studio 2005 provides the ability to export these settings and import them on another computer.


Go to Tools | Import and Export Settings... and the following screen will appear (Figure 1):

Figure 1: Import and Export Settings Wizard

Choose Next and the following screen will be displayed:

Figure 2: Select the settings to export

Check all the settings you want to export and choose Next. In the next step you can provide the location and name for the exported settings:

Figure 3: Specify a name for the exported settings and a location

Choose Finish the wizard will export all your settings. Now you just copy the generated file to your other pc and follow the Importing steps.


Go to Tools | Import and Export Settings... The screen of Figure 1 will display. Choose Import selected environment settings and click Next. You get another possibility to first backup the current settings of the new computer. If it's your computer you can decide to not backup the current settings but if it's a pc that's also used by others its a wise precaution to backup first!

Figure 4: Possibility to backup the current settings before importing new settings. 

Then you select the settings you want. In this example I chose the exported settings:

Figure 5: Select the settings to import

Figure 6: Select settings to import

After that you choose Finish and let Visual Studio 2005 import the settings.

Grz, Kris.

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Sunday, 22 October 2006 15:05:16 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, 19 August 2006

For some projects I like to start with a blank solution and add several projects to it like a class library, web project, ... Since I installed Visual Studio 2005 Team System for Developers a while ago I wanted to go for this approach for a test project. Unfortunately the solution itself dissapeared after adding the first project.

It turned out to be a setting under Tools | Options, Projects and Solutions where you can check the checkbox Always show solution.

Grz, Kris.

Saturday, 19 August 2006 12:32:51 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 17 July 2006

I finally gave Windows Desktop Search a try. It still needs to index quite some files but I already like it a lot. Since I have a lot of documents containing code on my development PC I can use the tool to quickly search in all files at once.

If you're interested you can go the files here: Windows Desktop Search, or take the tour.

I also found an interesting article related to this: Bring Windows Desktop Search Into Visual Studio With Our Cool Add-In. I didn't try that one out yet.

Grz, Kris.

Monday, 17 July 2006 17:50:14 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 

I just found out about this site. It's an overview of free/payware widgets/addins: Team System Widgets.

Grz, Kris.

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# Friday, 30 June 2006

Today, in the afternoon, I went to the first part, the next one's tomorrow, about Visual Team System 2005 an event by VISUG of which I'm a member. Thanks to the people from Microsoft we also got a new book to read for free: Wrox' Professional Visual Studio 2005 Team System.

Wrox Professional Visual Studio 2005 Team System

The presentation is given by Steven Wilsens, whom is a Team System MVP and will be joining Microsoft in a while.

I'm looking forward to the next part of the event.

Grz, Kris.

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Friday, 30 June 2006 21:23:17 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 19 June 2006

I like it when I'm in very large solutions with a lot of projects that my Solution Explorer of vs.net highlights the currently opened file instead of searching/scrolling around. In the previous versions this was enabled by default but for some reason Microsoft decided to don't have it as a default in vs.net 2005.

You can however enable this small but helpfull feature by navigating to the menu bar. Click Tools | Options and open the node called Projects and Solutions. You should see a modal window like Figure 1. Just check the checkbox labeled Track Active Item in Solution Explorer and you're good to go.

Figure 1: The options for Projects and Solutions.

Grz, Kris.

Monday, 19 June 2006 21:07:37 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 18 June 2006

A lot of people, myself included, like to see the line numbers on each line while coding. I find it easer to remember where my code is but also to use the ctrl + g (goto line number) shortcut. By default this feature is disabled but luckely it's quite easy to turn it on.

Just navigate to the menu, choose Tools | Options and this expand the Text editor node in the treeview on the left like shown in Figure 1:

Figure 1: The expanded Text Editor part

There you can choose the All languages node or the node of the language that you're interested in and check the Line numbers checkbox. Click the OK button and you have the line numbers appearing in your source view.

Grz, Kris.

Sunday, 18 June 2006 18:23:51 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [1]  |