Chapter 3Options and Customizations Code Downloads for this Chapter

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In this chapter you'll 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 (ToolsarrowOptions), it's likely that you've overlooked one or two settings that might be important or make your development life easier. Through the course of this chapter, you'll see a number of settings that, hopefully, are worth further investigation.

The ability to customize your settings is not new to Visual Studio 2015. Nor is the ability to import and export settings. However, Microsoft's push to the cloud has had an impact on Visual Studio. You can automatically synchronize your settings between the cloud and ...

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