WHAT'S IN THIS CHAPTER?
Using the code editor
Exploring the core Visual Studio tool windows
Reorganizing your workspace
So far you have seen how to get started with Visual Studio 2010 and how to customize the IDE to suit the way that you work. In this chapter, you learn to take advantage of some of the built-in commands, shortcuts, and supporting tool windows that will help you to write code and design forms.
As a developer you're likely to spend a considerable portion of your time writing code, which means that knowing how to tweak the layout of your code and being able to navigate it effectively are particularly important. Visual Studio 2010 introduces an all new WPF-based code editor that provides numerous new features from what was available in previous versions of Visual Studio.
When you open a code file for editing you are working in the code editor window, as shown in Figure 4-1. The core of the code editor window is the code pane in which the code is displayed.
Figure 4-1. Figure 4-1
Above the code pane are two drop-down lists that can help you navigate the code file. The first drop-down lists the classes in the code file, and the second one lists the members of the selected class in the first drop-down. These are listed in alphabetical order, making it easier to find a method or member definition within ...