Layout4:08 with Jeremy McLain
We'll go over launching Visual Studio for the first time. You'll also learn many ways to organize your workspace.
The first time Visual Studio starts, 0:00 it will ask if you want to sign in using your Microsoft account. 0:01 You can only use Visual Studio for 30 days before you have to sign in, 0:04 in order to continue using it, so I suggest signing in now. 0:10 Odds are, you already have a Microsoft account, if you've ever signed into 0:14 a Microsoft product, such as Skype, Bing, MSN, or Xbox Live. 0:17 You can also create a new account by clicking here. 0:23 Here we can do a little configuration. 0:36 You'll notice that just about everything in Visual Studio can be customized. 0:39 Microsoft noticed that the way web developers configure Visual Studio is 0:44 often different than say, the way C++ developers or C# developers do. 0:47 So they made prepackaged collections of settings that you can apply to the IDE, 0:53 to make it behave the way that each group of developers expects. 0:58 Frankly, I don't know how Microsoft could make such 1:01 general assumptions about groups of developers. 1:04 Maybe they sent out a large survey. 1:07 I must have missed it. 1:09 Selecting one of these doesn't prohibit you from doing development 1:11 using the others. 1:14 Personally, I prefer to keep things agnostic and customized as I see fit. 1:15 So I'm going to select General here. 1:20 You can always apply these other configurations later. 1:23 Next, you can select one of three color schemes. 1:26 You can easily change this later. 1:29 In general, dark themes are often used in dimly lit rooms or 1:32 caves where coders avoid bright lights. 1:35 For this workshop, I'll select the traditional blue theme. 1:38 With that out of the way, we can now click on Start Visual Studio. 1:42 All right, and now we're in Visual Studio. 1:48 Let me show you around. 1:50 When running Visual Studio for 1:52 the first time, your screen should look something like this. 1:54 The large area here is the main workspace. 1:57 It's where you'll be writing code, designing UIs and so on. 2:00 Right now the workspace consists of a single tab containing the Start Page. 2:04 This is where Microsoft posts news about its development tools. 2:09 It also has some links here for creating and opening projects for your convenience. 2:13 These actions are also available from the File menu here. 2:19 If you scroll down to the bottom of this page, there are some options for 2:23 when you want this page to be displayed. 2:26 The main workspace is surrounded by smaller panes. 2:28 Different panes may be shown depending on the type of development being done and 2:32 your personal preferences. 2:36 Panes are a really convenient way for organizing your work area. 2:38 You can arrange these panes around the screen in many different ways. 2:43 You can move them by clicking on their title bar and 2:47 dragging them to one of the little yellow boxes. 2:50 The blue area shows where the panel will be moved to. 2:53 You can even drag them out of the main window, and 2:56 use them as a stand-alone window. 2:59 This is very handy when you have multiple screens. 3:01 The buttons in the title bar of each pane help with pane arrangement. 3:06 This toggle button that looks like a push pin, allows you to pin a pane open, 3:10 so that it stays open when you click out of it. 3:15 Each panel area can be a tabbed area as well. 3:18 First, pin open the pane you want to turn into a tabbed area. 3:22 Then grab another pane, and move it into the center of that pane. 3:26 See? 3:31 The pane ends up as a tab here. 3:32 You can close a pane by clicking the X. 3:35 Most window panes can be opened by going to the View menu and 3:39 clicking on the name of the pane. 3:42 The upside down triangle button is a drop-down showing even more options. 3:45 There are way too many ways to arrange panes for me to show here. 3:50 So, go ahead and experiment on your own. 3:54 You can always reset everything back to its original state by 3:57 clicking on the Window menu and selecting Reset Window Layout. 4:01
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