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
To enable this by default, select the Tools->Options menu item. Then under Project and Solutions->General select the â€œShow Output Windows when Build startsâ€ checkbox.
Show MSBuild Output Verbosity â€œNormalâ€:
Tools->Options menu item. Then under Project and Solutions->Build and Run you can select the MSBuild project verbosity dropdown to be: â€œQuietâ€, â€œMinimalâ€, â€œNormalâ€, â€œDetailedâ€, and â€œDiagnosticâ€.
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 â€œTrack Active Item in Solution Explorerâ€ checkbox.