Starting Visual Studio for the First Time: Selecting the Profile

When you start Visual Studio 2010 for the first time, a dialog box opens (see Figure 3-1) that provides an option to choose your development settings.

Starting Visual Studio 2010 for the first time.

Figure 3-1. Starting Visual Studio 2010 for the first time.

To optimize the IDE experience for a specific development project, Visual Studio supports the concept of settings. Settings (also referred to as a Profile) determine various customizations made to the IDE to configure the window layout, show or hide specific tool windows and menu items, determine keyboard shortcut bindings, filtering and ordering of project templates, and so on. ...

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