Thursday, April 24, 2014

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! =)
Posted by Nils-Holger at 12:40 PM with 436 comments.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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

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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! =)
Posted by Nils-Holger at 12:13 PM with 441 comments.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tip 5.7: You can double-click messages in the Output window to jump to that location in the code

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If you double-click any error or warning in the Output window, you jump directly to that location in the file or to the closest equivalent location.

There's also a button on the Output window toolbar that allows you to do the same thing, just in case you ever wondered what this Find Message In Code button did.



Happy Programming! =)
Posted by Nils-Holger at 12:04 PM with 994 comments.