Visual Basic Settings


Updated: July 20, 2015

For the latest documentation on Visual Studio 2017, see Visual Studio 2017 Documentation.

Visual Basic settings are designed to optimize the user experience and to maximize the productivity of Visual Basic developers. It is part of the Customizing Development Settings in Visual Studio feature, which enables you to customize and save your settings in the Visual Studio Integrated Development Environment (IDE).

You can also port or reload your IDE settings on other computers. For more information, see How to: Share Settings Between Computers.

FeatureDisplayed by default?Notes
Class ViewNoHides Hidden Types and Members
Command WindowNo
Dynamic Help windowNoDoes not appear when you press F1.
Immediate WindowYes, when debugging starts.
Object BrowserNoDisplays, by default:

- Namespaces
- Public members
- Inherited members
Output WindowYes, when build starts.
Properties WindowYes
Solution ExplorerYes
Server ExplorerNoDisplays data connections and available system services.
Start PageYesAppears the first time you start the IDE. You can customize it.
<Pave Over> Task List (Visual Studio)Yes, when compile errors or warnings exist.
Team ExplorerYesYou can use Team Explorer to access your team projects and use the application lifecycle management features of Team Foundation. These include version control, builds, project management, integrated reports, and dashboards.
ToolboxYesDisplays controls and components in alphabetical order.

In addition, the following elements have certain behaviors enabled when you select Visual Basic Development Settings.

New Project dialog boxWhen other platforms are installed on the computer, the IDE enables the combo box that allows you to specify the targeted platform.
Options Dialog BoxVisual Basic enables simplified Options pages. Click the Show All Settings check box to see the full list of options.
Visual Basic 6.0 default shortcut keysSupports typical Visual Basic 6 keyboard mapping.
Tool tips- Appear for all menu items and toolbar buttons when the mouse hovers above them.
Visual Basic IntelliSense Code SnippetsIncludes a library of code snippets that are ready to be inserted in your application.
Visual Basic-Specific IntelliSense- Provides all of the IntelliSense features with some productivity enhancements for Visual Basic developers.

How to: Change Select Settings
How to: Specify Settings for a Team
<PAVE OVER> Import and Export Settings, Environment, Options Dialog Box
How to: Share Settings Between Computers or Visual Studio Versions