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Installing Visual Studio 2017

Microsoft claims that the Visual Studio 2017 installation is faster and uses less space than previous versions, and I think they’re right. The basic approach is to install only the bare bones initially and then make you install things that … Continue reading

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Prevent Visual Studio from running programs with syntax errors

If a program’s code contains syntax errors, then by default if you try to run the program Visual Studio displays the following message: You should pretty much always click No. If you click Yes, an older version of the program … Continue reading

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Create a Visual Studio toolbar button

The example Create a Visual Studio tool shows how to add useful web or email capabilities to Visual Studio’s Tools menu. This entry explains how to add a Visual Studio toolbar button for those commands so they’re easier to use. … Continue reading

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Create a Visual Studio tool

This example shows how to create a Visual Studio tool that lets you easily open a web page or send an email. There are many web sites that you may find useful while building applications. You may also want to … Continue reading

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Display line numbers in the Visual Studio code editor

Sometimes it’s handy to be able to see line numbers in your code so you can refer to particular lines by number. To turn on line numbering: Open the Tools menu and select Options. Expand the Options tree to go … Continue reading

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How to find the Immediate window in Visual Studio Express Edition

Some versions of Visual Studio Express Edition come with various tools deactivated or hidden. It’s not clear whether Microsoft does this to gently encourage you to buy a more expensive version or whether they truly don’t think Express Edition users … Continue reading

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