Settings2:28 with Jeremy McLain
Learn how to customize Visual Studio.
Just about everything in Visual Studio can be customized. 0:00 For instance, I like to have line numbers shown in the editor. 0:03 You can find most preferences under Tools, Options. 0:07 As you can see, there are lots and 0:11 lots of options, most of which you may never need to touch. 0:13 I want to change something about the editor, so 0:17 I'm going to select Text Editor and expand the drop down. 0:18 The All Languages section contains options that will apply to 0:22 all programming languages. 0:25 These other sections are options for each specific language. 0:27 If an option in a specific language is different than what is set in 0:30 the All Languages section, then Visual Studio will use the option setting for 0:34 the specific language when you're working in that language. 0:38 For example, under All Languages we see a check box for the Line numbers. 0:41 I want to turn Line numbers on in the editor, 0:46 no matter which language I'm using. 0:49 So, I'll check it. 0:50 There is also a Line numbers check box under Visual Basic. 0:52 Let's say, for some reason, 0:55 I don't want to see Line numbers when I'm coding in Visual Basic. 0:57 I can uncheck it here. 1:01 I'll still see the line numbers when I'm working in any other language. 1:03 If you go back to the All Languages section, 1:06 you'll notice that our check mark changed to a square. 1:08 This means that some languages have this option checked, and others don't. 1:12 Again, there are lots and lots of options. 1:16 The default settings in most cases are what are conventionally used 1:19 by most developers. 1:22 If you prefer something different or you're already used to the way another IDE 1:24 works, then rest assured there are lots of options here to accommodate you. 1:28 If you aren't sure where to find an option, you can always search for 1:34 it using the Search Box here. 1:37 Let's go ahead and close the options dialog. 1:39 Look, now we have Line numbers. 1:43 There are a lot of menus, settings, panes, and toolbars in visual studio. 1:45 That can make it hard to remember where everything is. 1:50 If you know what it's called, you can always search for 1:53 it using the quick launch. 1:55 Just type the name of the menu item or setting you want. 1:57 Just remember that this only searches the menus and 2:00 settings in the Visual Studio user interface, not your code. 2:03 As I mentioned at the beginning, there's a lot to Visual Studio and 2:07 it can be used for all sorts of software development. 2:11 We'll dive deeper into Visual Studio's features in other workshops and courses. 2:14 Until then, I encourage you to go exploring on your own. 2:19 The more you use it, 2:23 the more you'll find ways that it can make coding even more fun and easy for you. 2:24
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