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General Tab, Options Dialog Box (Visual Web Developer) 

These settings allow you to adjust the default view in which Web pages open for editing in the HTML designer.

To access this dialog box
  1. In Visual Web Developer, click Tools, and then click Options.

    The Options dialog box opens.

  2. Click the General node.

NoteNote

This dialog box is displayed if the Show all settings check box is cleared. To see more options for the HTML editor, select the Show all settings check box.

For information about using Visual Web Developer, see Web Page Designer.

Tasks

UI Elements

Start Pages in

Source View

When this option is selected, the editor initially displays Web pages in Source view, showing the page's markup. For details, see Source View.

Design View

When this option is selected, the editor initially displays Web pages in Design view, showing a WYSIWYG-like view. For details, see Design View.

Source View

Auto list members

When this check box is selected, pop-up lists of valid elements, properties, attributes, or methods are displayed as you edit markup in the Source view editor. Choose any item from the pop-up list to insert it into your markup. For more information, see List Members.

Word wrap

When this check box is selected, any portion of a line that extends horizontally beyond the viewable editor area is automatically displayed on the next line. Selecting this option enables the Show visual glyphs for word wrap check box.

Line numbers

When this check box is selected, a line number appears next to each line in the Source view editor.

NoteNote

These line numbers are not added to your markup, and do not print. They are for reference only.

Indenting

Specifies how the editor should indent lines.

  • None   When this option is selected, new lines are not indented. The insertion point is placed in the first column of a new line.

  • Block   When this option is selected, new lines are automatically indented. The insertion point is placed at the same starting point as the preceding line.

  • Smart   This option is not available in Visual Web Developer.

Tab size

Sets the distance between tab stops. The default is four spaces.

Indent size

Sets the size, in spaces, of an automatic indentation. The default is four spaces. Tab characters, space characters, or both will be inserted to fill the specified size.

Miscellaneous

Auto show Smart Tag on control creation

When this check box is selected, Web server controls automatically display a smart tag menu of common commands under two circumstances:

  • When the control is first dragged onto the page from the Toolbox.

  • When the control is selected for the first time after you switch from Source view.

You can display the smart tag menu by clicking the smart tag symbol or by right-clicking the control and choosing Show Smart Tag.

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