The menus provide access to many of the commands and capabilities of Visual Studio 2005. The more commonly used menu commands are duplicated with toolbar buttons for ease of use.
The menus and toolbars are context-sensitive (the available selection is dependent on what part of the IDE is currently selected, and what activities are expected or allowed). For example, if the current active window is a code-editing window for a console window, the top-level menu commands are: File , Edit , View, Refactor, Project, Build, Debug, Data, Tools, Test, Window, Community, and Help.
Many of the menu items have keyboard shortcuts, listed adjacent to
the menu item itself. These are comprised of one or more keys (referred to as a
chord), pressed simultaneously. Shortcut keys
can be a huge productivity boost, because you can perform common tasks
quickly, without removing your hands from the keyboard.
The following sections describe some of the more important menu items and their submenus, focusing on those aspects that are interesting and different from common Windows commands.
The File menu provides access to a number of file-, project-, and solution-related commands. Many of these commands are content-sensitive.
As in most Windows applications, the New menu item creates new items to be worked on by the application.
The Edit menu contains the text editing and searching commands that one would expect, but also includes commands useful in editing code. The ...