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General Development Settings
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General Development Settings

The collection of settings named General Development Settings configures Visual Studio to match the default layout and settings. Choose these settings if you develop applications in more than one language, create add-ins, or simply want the least amount of optimizations to the IDE.

You can choose this collection of settings the first time you start Visual Studio. After that you can choose it by means of the Import and Export Settings command on the Tools menu.

  1. On the first page of the wizard, pick Reset All Settings, then click Next.

  2. Click Next again.

  3. On the Choose a Default Collection of Settings page of the wizard, select General Development Settings.

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



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 2008.

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