Friday, November 30, 2012

Tip 5.10: You can enable word wrap in the Output window

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The Output window has an icon on the toolbar that allows you to enable word wrap.

Sara Aside

She doesn't use word wrap, as she prefers one line per error. But she see the potential if you have customized the Output window for space and need to read the entire line without having to scroll left or right.


Here is the Output window before pressing the Toggle Word Wrap button.

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Here is the Output window after pressing the Toggle Word Wrap button.

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Happy Programming! =)
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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Tip 5.9: How to stop the Output window from showing itself during a build

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At some point, you'll experience the Output window sliding out from its autohiding place during a build. If you want to fine-tune this experience so that the Output window shows only when you tell it to (maybe you just want to check the status bar for the build status or have the Error List pop up if errors occur), go to Tools–Options–Projects And Solutions–General. Check the option called Show Output Window When Build Starts.



Now the Output window will be displayed whenever a build is started.



Happy Programming! =)
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Tip 5.8: You can use the keyboard to jump to various panes within the Output window

"Visual Studio Tips, 251 ways to improve your Productivity in Visual Studio", courtesy of 'Sara Ford'

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The Output window has a Show Output From drop-down list, as shown in the following screen shot, to move between various outputs views (or panes), such as Debug and Build. There's a command called Window.NextSubPane that navigates to the next output pane.



The command in itself isn't that interesting, but you can bind it to a keyboard shortcut—for example, Ctrl+Shift+Alt+O, since Ctrl+Alt+O is the keyboard shortcut to use for the Output window under the General Development Settings.



Happy Programming! =)
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