Options that make your life easier - VS 2005

If you selected the C# profile in VS 2005 you will find some annoyances.
I've read this post today from Scott Guthrie talking about some tweaks to do on VS 2005 via Tools->Options and I thought it would be nice to have it summarized and handy.

Enable the output window to show up on build.
To enable this by default, select the Tools->Options menu item.  Then under Project and Solutions->General select the “Show Output Windows when Build starts” checkbox.

Show MSBuild Output Verbosity “Normal”:
Tools->Options menu item.  Then under Project and Solutions->Build and Run you can select the MSBuild project verbosity dropdown to be: “Quiet”, “Minimal”, “Normal”, “Detailed”, and “Diagnostic”.

Track Active Item in Solution Explorer (my favorite)

To enable this feature in the C# profile, select the Tools->Options menu.  Under Projects and Solutions->General select the “Track Active Item in Solution Explorer” checkbox.

[via ScottGu]

Published: October 21 2005

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