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Tools Options Page - Environment Node Properties 

Following is a description of the pages (or properties collections) associated with the Environment category, DTE.Properties("Environment", <Property Page>). The title of each subsection is the call to access the Properties collection, and the table in each sub-section lists the properties found in the collection.

General

DTE.Properties("Environment", "General")

Property Item Name Value Description

OnStartup

Get/Set (vsStartup)

Determines the environment's behavior on startup, whether to show the home page, the New Project dialog box, the Open Project dialog box, the last solution, and so forth.

ShowStatusBar

Get/Set (Boolean)

Determines whether the status bar is visible.

WindowMenuContainsNItems

Get/Set (Short)

Determines how document windows are contained at the bottom of the Windows menu.

MRUListContainsNItems

Get/Set (Short)

Determines how many files display in the "Most Recently Used" submenu.

Animations

Get/Set (Boolean)

Determines whether the integrated development environment (IDE) uses animation in the status bar.

AnimationSpeed

Get/Set (Boolean)

Determines the speed of animations in the status bar.

ShowCommandWindowCompletion

Get/Set (Boolean)

Determines whether the Command window displays completion UI as you type.

FindReplaceShowMessageBoxes

Get/Set (Boolean)

Determines whether various Find and Replace dialog boxes are displayed, such as whether or not to display the dialog box warning that a search passed the starting point.

FindReplaceInitializeFromEditor

Get/Set (Boolean)

Determines whether initiating a search from the Find dialog box seeds the search pattern from the active document's insertion point location, or with the last pattern searched for in the IDE.

Documents

DTE.Properties("Environment", "Documents")

Property Item Name Value Description

ReuseSavedActiveDocWindow

Get/Set (Boolean)

Determines whether opening a new file reuses the current document window if the current document is saved. false means always open a new document window for each document opened.

DetectFileChangesOutsideIDE

Get/Set (Boolean)

Determines whether the environment automatically reloads files opened in the IDE when the operating system notifies the IDE that the files have been modified on disk.

AutoloadExternalChanges

Get/Set (Boolean)

Determines whether detected external modifications to open documents automatically reload the modified file if the open document is not modified. If the open document is modified and this property is true, then the IDE prompts as if this property were false.

InitializeOpenFileFromCurrentDocument

Get/Set (Boolean)

Determines whether the OpenFile command seeds the directory and file name from the last active document, or from the last place you opened a file.

MiscFilesProjectSavesLastNItems

Get/Set (Short)

Determines how many files the Miscellaneous Files project records. As a result, you can see what you most recently had open as a miscellaneous file on disk when you next use the IDE.

Help

DTE.Properties("Environment", "Help")

Property Item Name Value Description

Language

Get/Set (String)

Contains the LCID of the language, such as 1033 for English.

Collection

Get/Set (String)

The name of the Help collection to use for Visual Studio Help, such as, ms-help://msdnvs.

External

Get/Set (Boolean)

Determines whether or not to view Help outside the Visual Studio IDE.

Keyboard

DTE.Properties("Environment", "Keyboard")

Property Item Name Value Description

Scheme

Get/Set (String)

Returns a string containing the full path of the .vsk file that is loaded, or "[default settings]" if no .vsk file is loaded.

Projects and Solution

DTE.Properties("Environment", "ProjectsAndSolution")

Property Item Name Value Description

OnRunOrPreview

Get/Set (String)

Determines whether the IDE saves everything before previewing or running a built project.

ProjectsLocation

Get/Set (String)

Determines the default directory where the Add Project dialog box saves new projects.

ShowOutputWindowBeforeBuild

Get/Set (Boolean)

Determines whether starting a build displays the Output window.

ShowTaskListAfterBuild

Get/Set (Boolean)

Determines whether an unsuccessful build operation displays the Task List when the build is done.

TrackFileSelectionInExplorer

Get/Set (String)

Determines whether the current item is tracked in Solution Explorer.

AlwaysShowSolutionNode

Get/Set (String)

Determines whether the solution node is displayed.

OnlySaveStartupProjectsAndDependencies

Get/Set (String)

Determines whether save operations are limited to startup projects and their dependent files.

ShowAdvancedBuildConfigurations

Get/Set (String)

Determines whether advanced build configurations are displayed.

ConcurrentBuilds

Get/Set (String)

Determines the maximum number of parallel project builds that can occur.

SaveNewProjects

Get/Set (String)

Determines whether new projects are automatically saved after being created.

TaskList

DTE.Properties("Environment", "TaskList")

Property Item Name Value Description

ConfirmTaskDeletion

Boolean

Determines whether a confirmation box displays when deleting tasks from the Task List.

UserTaskWarning

Boolean

Determines whether you are warned when adding a user task that will not be shown.

CommentTokens

SafeArray

Returns a SafeArray of comment token values. Each has the fields, Name (string) and Priority (vsTaskPriority, High, Medium, or Low).

Web Browser

DTE.Properties("Environment", "WebBrowser")

Property Item Name Value Description

UseDefaultHomePage

Boolean

Determines whether or not to use the default home page.

HomePage

String

Represents the home page URL.

UseDefaultSearchPage

Boolean

Determines whether or not to use the default search page.

SearchPage

String

Represents the search page URL.

ViewSourceIn

Enum

vsBrowserViewSource (Source, Design, External).

ViewSourceExternalProgram

String

The path of the external source viewer.

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