Chapter 3. Options and Customizations


  • Customizing the Visual Studio 2010 start page

  • Tweaking options

  • Controlling window layout

Now that you're familiar with the general layout of Visual Studio 2010, it's time to learn how you can customize the IDE to suit your working style. In this chapter you learn how to manipulate tool windows, optimize the code window for maximum viewing space, and change fonts and colors to reduce developer fatigue.

As Visual Studio has grown, so too has the number of settings that you can adjust to optimize your development experience. Unfortunately, unless you've periodically spent time sifting through the Options dialog (Tools

Options and Customizations

A number of Visual Studio add-ins will add their own nodes to the Options dialog because this provides a one-stop shop for configuring settings within Visual Studio. Note also that some developer setting profiles, as selected in Chapter 1, show only a cut-down list of options. In this case, checking the Advanced checkbox shows the complete list of available options.


By default, when you open a new instance of Visual Studio 2010 you see what is known as the Start Page. You can adjust this behavior from the Environment


The reason that most developers stick with the Start Page is that it provides a useful ...

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