Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Speed up Visual Studio 2005


Find the below tricks/shortcuts to speed up working with Visual Studio 2005

  • Make sure Visual Studio 2005 SP1 is installed.

  • Turn off animation.
    • Tools | Options | Environment and uncheck Animate environment tools.
    • Clearing this option causes auto-hidden windows to appear instantly when requested rather than slowly transitioning onto the screen.

  • Disable Navigation Bar.
    • Tools | Options | Text Editor | C# and uncheck Navigation bar.
    • Instead of this option use CTRL-F12.

  • Turn off Track Changes.
    • Tools | Options | Text Editor and uncheck Track changes.
    • This will reduce overhead and speeds up IDE response.

  • Turn off Track Active item.
    • Tools | Options | Projects and Solutions and uncheck Track Active Item in Solution Explorer
    • When selected, Solution Explorer automatically opens the folder for the active item, scrolls to its node, and selects its name.
    • This option is enabled by default.

  • Turn off AutoToolboxPopulate.
    • Tools | Options | Windows Forms Designer and then set AutoToolboxPopulate to False.
    • There is an option in VS 2005 that will cause VS to automatically populate the toolbox with any controls you compile as part of your solution.
    • This is a useful feature when developing controls since it updates them when you build, but it can cause VS to end up taking a long time in some circumstances. So its better to disable this option.

Thanks & Regards,

Arun Manglick || Tech Lead

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