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Customizing the Development Environment

You can change the appearance and behavior of the Visual Studio integrated development environment (IDE) in many ways. The customization techniques described in this section are easily and non-programmatically implemented. See "Related Sections" for topics documenting the more extensive and complex environmental modifications that can be made to your working space.

In This Section

Customizing the Editor's Features and Options
Details for changing the appearance of the editor, the text it displays, and how to create editor shortcuts.
Specifying Debugger Settings
How to use the Options and Project Settings dialog boxes to change various settings for the debugger and debugging.
Creating and Editing Configurations
Procedures for specifying a variety of build configurations for your development effort.
Customizing Shortcut Keys
The steps involved in creating your own shortcut key combinations for commonly used commands or using key combinations similar to Visual Studio 6.0.
Customizing Toolbars
Instructions for adding and customizing the appearance of toolbars.
Creating Custom Aliases for Visual Studio Commands
Details for creating custom names (aliases) for Visual Studio commands to facilitate easier command access.
Accessibility Options
Ways to make it easier to view and manage elements of the IDE.

Related Sections

Window Management
Descriptions of windows layout options, window types, and techniques for conserving space in the IDE.
Arranging Windows
Step-by-step instructions for re-positioning user interface elements in the IDE.
Customize Dialog Box
Descriptions of the functional features of the dialog box that customize the content and format of your toolbars.

Additional Information

Creating Add-Ins and Wizards
Information about using the automation model for creating custom tools and add-ins.