Set Visual Basic Environment Options
You can set the behavior and look of the Visual Basic development environment through the Options dialog box. Use the:
Editor tab to specify Code window and Project window settings.
Editor Format tab to specify the appearance of your code.
General tab to specify form, error handling, and compile settings for your project.
Docking tab to specify whether a window is attached or "anchored" to one edge of other dockable or application windows.
To set Environment options
On the Tools menu of the Visual Basic editor, click Options. Each option is described in the following tables.
Auto Syntax Check
Visual Basic automatically verifies correct syntax after you enter a line of code.
Require Variable Declaration
Explicit variable declarations are required in modules.
After tabbing the first line of code, all subsequent lines start at that tab location.
The tab width, which can range from 1 – 32 spaces. (Default is 4 spaces.)
Default to Full Module View
Procedures for new modules are displayed in the Code window as a single, scrollable list or one procedure at a time.
Display separator bars at the end of each procedure in the Code window.
Auto List Members
At the insertion point, Visual Basic displays information that logically completes a statement.
Auto Quick Info
Information about functions and their arguments is displayed as you type.
Auto Data Tips
Drag-Drop in Text Editing
Code elements can be dragged from the Code window into the Immediate or Watch windows.
Foreground, Background, and Indicator
The color of different categories of text listed in the Code Colors list.
The font used for displaying code.
The size of the font used for code.
Margin Indicator Bar
Display the Margin Indicator Bar.
Display a grid on a form.
Lists the unit of measurement for units in the grid.
The width of the grid cells on a form.
The height of the grid cells on a form.
Align Controls to Grid
Automatically position the outer edge of controls on the closest grid lines.
Display ToolTips for toolbar buttons.
Collapse Proj. Hides Windows
Automatically close the project, UserForm, object, or module windows when a project is collapsed in the Project Explorer.
Notify Before State Loss
Display a message that a requested action will cause all module-level variables to be reset for a running project.
Break on All Errors
Any error causes the project to enter break mode, whether or not an error handler is active, and whether or not the code is in a class module.
Break in Class Module
Any unhandled error produced in a class module causes the project to enter break mode at the line of code which produced the error.
Break on Unhandled Errors
Any other unhandled error causes the project to enter break mode.
Compile On Demand
A project is fully compiled before it starts, or code is compiled as needed.
Use idle time during run time to finish compiling the project in the background. (Available only if Compile On Demand is set.)
The check box for the appropriate window
A window can be anchored to an adjacent dockable window or the Visual Basic Editor window.