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General Development Settings 

General Development Settings configures the integrated development environment (IDE) to closely match the default layout and settings in Visual Studio .NET 2003. Choose this settings collection if you develop applications in more than one language, create add-ins, or simply want the least amount of optimizations to the IDE.

The following customizations are made to the IDE when you apply General Development Settings.

Area Setting

Window layout

Solution Explorer and Class View tab docked on the right; Server Explorer and Toolbox tab docked and hidden on the left.

Project types

All installed project types appear in the New Project dialog box.

Options dialog box

All categories and options are available by default.

Shortcut Keys

Uses General Development Settings Default Shortcut Keys.


No default How Do I page. You must manually choose a How Do I page from the list.

Contents and Index are unfiltered by default.

Search is set to use the Help filter, with Language, Technology and Topic Type set to Unfiltered by default.


The default Development Center is Visual Studio 2005.