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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. Visual Studio includes several predefined settings combinations that you can use to apply a group of customizations to the IDE. In addition, you can make individual customizations to items such as windows, toolbars, shortcut keys, and various displays options.

In This Section

How to: Customize Dynamic Help

Instructions for reducing the type of topics and categories that appear in the Dynamic Help window.

Customizing Toolbars

Instructions for adding and customizing the appearance of toolbars.

How to: Launch Tools from Visual Studio

Instructions for adding a command on the Tools menu to launch applications external to Visual Studio from within Visual Studio.

How to: Customize the News Section of the Start Page

Instructions for specifying a custom RSS feed for the Start Page.

How to: Change the Item Displayed on Start Up of the Development Environment

Instructions for specifying that a particular dialog box, page, or empty environment is displayed when you start the IDE.

Working with Settings

Information about how settings work in the IDE, importing and exporting settings, and changing base settings.

Related Sections

Accessibility Features of Visual Studio

Information about how to create shortcut key combinations, optimize window layouts, change the font and color of text, and other ways to customize the IDE.

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.

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