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General User Interface Elements

These general-purpose elements — the Code Editor, the Properties window, the Toolbox, and the Task List — are some of the basic elements of rapid application development.

In This Section

About Dialog Box
Provides information about Visual Studio and about the computer that it is running on.
Code and Text Editor
Allows you to edit code or text, and it includes numerous features such as line numbering, Intellisense, code outlining, word wrap, and a clipboard ring for storing fragments of code.
Columns Dialog Box
Selects the columns that will be displayed in a Visual Studio window and specifies the order in which the columns will be displayed.
Command Window
Allows you to issue commands or to debug and evaluate expressions in the integrated development environment.
External Tools Dialog Box
Allows you to add tools (such as Spy++ or Notepad) to the Tools menu that are not part of Visual Studio.
Properties Window
Allows you to view and change the design-time properties and events of selected objects that are located in editors and designers. Also allows you to edit and view the properties of files, projects, and solutions.
Sort Columns Dialog Box
Sorts the contents of columns that will be displayed in a Visual Studio window. You can specify the priority of columns within the sorting operation and whether the column data will be sorted in ascending or descending order.
Start Page
Provides a central location for setting preferences, reading product news, contacting fellow developers, and accessing other information to make you more productive with Visual Studio.
Task List Window
Helps you to organize and manage the work of building your solution. The Task List window identifies problems that are detected automatically as you edit or compile code.
Displays a variety of items for use in projects. The tabs and items available from the Toolbox change, depending upon the designer or editor currently in use.
Windows Dialog Box
Allows you to display, close, and arrange documents that are open in editors and designers.

Related Sections

User Interface Reference (Visual Studio)
Provides links to reference topics on various parts of the Visual Studio user interface.