Monday, June 30, 2014

Tip 7.4: You can use solution folders to hide projects

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

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In the Solution Explorer, you can group projects inside of solution folders to improve the manageability of solutions that contain a large number of projects.

With the focus on the Solution node in the Solution Explorer, the Add New Solution Folder button becomes available. Now you can drag projects into this solution folder, as shown next.

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But let's actually hide the project. Right-click your newly created solution folder and choose Hide Folder. Now the project is hidden, and a new icon appears to unhide the projects. And yes, you can still build successfully in this state.

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Happy Programming! =)
Posted by Nils-Holger at 12:36 PM with 733 comments.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Tip 7.3: You can toggle between small icons and large icons in the New Project dialog box

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

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Sara Aside

It is amazing how many times she pulled up the New Project dialog box in her lifetime and never noticed the Small/Large icon buttons in the upper-right corner.


Okay, be honest, how long have you been using Visual Studio and are just now noticing those icons for the first time? =) She had been on the Visual Studio team for an entire year before someone pointed them out to her. You learn something new every day.

Here's the New Project dialog box using small icons.



And here's the New Project dialog box using large icons.



Happy Programming! =)
Posted by Nils-Holger at 12:29 PM with 509 comments.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Tip 7.2: How to change the default new-project location

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

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In the New Project dialog box, you can change the default new-project location.

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The option to do so lives in Tools–Options–Projects And Solutions–General.

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Happy Programming! =)
Posted by Nils-Holger at 1:04 PM with 955 comments.