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Import and Export Settings, Environment, Options Dialog Box

Use this page of the Options dialog box to set preferences for saving settings files as well as specifying whether or not to use team settings files stored on a server. You can access this dialog box by selecting Options from the Tools menu and choosing the Import and Export Settings page from the Environment folder.


If this page does not appear in the list, select Show all setting in the Options dialog box.


The options available in dialog boxes, and the names and locations of menu commands you see, might differ from what is described in Help depending on your active settings or edition. This Help page was written with General Development Settings in mind. To change your settings, choose Import and Export Settings on the Tools menu. For more information, see Working with Settings.

Automatically save my settings to this file

Displays the location and name of the .vssettings file you are currently using. When you close the IDE, any changes you have made, such as moving windows or changing option selections, are saved to the current file. The next time you start the IDE, your settings are loaded.

Use team settings file

When selected, allows you to navigate to a shared .vssettings file using the Browse button. This settings file is automatically re-applied each time Visual Studio detects a newer version is available.


The location of the team settings file must be specified as a UNC path or local path. URLs and other protocols are not supported paths.