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Visual Studio 2012 Tweaks

Posted by Sukesh Marla Articles | Visual Studio 2012 January 20, 2013
In this article I will point out some not so great but somewhat useful tweaks for Visual Studio 2012.
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Introduction

Single Click Preview


One of the most annoying features I found after migrating from VS 2010 to VS 2012 is, Single Click Preview.

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For me it's quite frustrating, each time I accidently click and file in Solution Explorer, the preview is shown.

The reason might be that I was very accustomed to the VS 2010 environment, most people may like it. But I wanted to remove it and found the tweak for it.

Go to "Tools" > "Options" > "Tabs and Windows".

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Where is design view in ASP.NET


I am an ASP.NET developer for quite a long time and I pretty much enjoy writing aspx markup instead of using the design view. A couple of days ago I noticed that there is no design view anymore (that was present in Visual Studio 2005 and 2008, not sure about 2010). I am not interested in design view even now, so my curiosity forced me to find the way to get it back. And I found the tweak.

Go to "Tools" > "Options" > "HTML Designer".

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Multiple themes in Visual Studio

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(Frankly I prefer the default light theme, the dark theme is indeed very dark.)

Upper Case Menus

Does anyone notice that all the Menus in Visual Studio are shown in capital letter?

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Funny, isn't it? Add the following registry key if you don't like it:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\11.0\General
DWORD: SuppressUppercaseConversion
Value: 1

Hope all of you enjoyed reading this article. Thank you for the patience.

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