Customizing the Development Environment
You can change the appearance and behavior of the Visual Studio integrated development environment (IDE) in many ways. Visual Studio includes several predefined settings combinations that you can apply to the IDE. In addition, you can customize items such as windows, toolbars, shortcut keys, and other UI elements, and save your customizations.
Explains how to add and remove commands from menus and toolbars, and how to add toolbars and arrange them.
Explains how to add a command on the Tools menu to start other applications from Visual Studio.
Explains how to specify that a particular dialog box, page, or empty environment is displayed when you start the IDE.
Describes how settings work in the IDE, how to import and export settings, and how to change base settings.
Explains how to determine which keyboard shortcut is assigned to a command, how to create new shortcuts, and how to import or export your custom shortcuts.
Describes the Options dialog box.
Describes the various tools and utilities that are included with Visual Studio.
Describes how to install and apply a custom Start Page.
Explains how to create shortcut key combinations, optimize window layouts, change the font and color of text, and customize the IDE in other ways.
Explains how to change the appearance of the editor and the text it displays, and how to create editor shortcuts.
Shows how to use the Options and Project Settings dialog boxes to change various settings for the debugger and debugging.
Explains how to specify a variety of build configurations for your development effort.
Explains how to create add-ins and customize the appearance and behavior of the IDE.