Sunday, December 7, 2014

Tip 4.35: How to access a file window layout mode that you can customize

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You can enter the file window layout mode only by opening a file from a command prompt.



Invoking program.cs from the command prompt opens Visual Studio in this file window layout. You'll note in the following image that there are no tool windows showing and the Text Editor toolbar is showing. This is the default view in the General Development Settings.



You can make any customizations here and they'll persist across window layout states. (This means that if you open a project, all the tool windows will pop back. This happens because you're now in design mode.) Your customizations will be persisted across sessions. Whenever you shut down Visual Studio, these customizations are saved to disk. They are also saved as a part of your .vssettings file (Tools–Import And Export Settings).

Happy Programming! =)
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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Tip 4.34: How to quickly access Full Screen mode

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You can quickly toggle into Full Screen mode from any of the other three window layouts by pressing Shift+Alt+Enter.



Any window customizations you make in Full Screen mode persist across different window layouts (meaning when you are in design mode and go back to Full Screen mode, you'll see the tool windows where you last had them in Full Screen mode) and across different Visual Studio instances (where you close and reopen the IDE).

Happy Programming! =)
Posted by Nils-Holger at 1:16 PM with 13 comments.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Tip 4.33: You can export just your window layouts

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You can save all four window layout states at any time by going to the Tools–Import And Export Settings dialog box and choosing the Export option. On the Export page, check the General Settings box and then check the Window Layouts category.



Happy Programming! =)
Posted by Nils-Holger at 1:25 PM with 23 comments.