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Visual Basic Settings 

Visual Basic settings are designed to optimize the user experience and to maximize the productivity of Visual Basic developers. It is part of the Visual Studio Settings 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.

Feature Displayed by default? Notes

Class View


Hides Hidden Types and Members

Command Window


Dynamic Help window


Does not appear when you press F1.

Immediate Window

Yes, when debugging starts.

Object Browser


Displays, by default:

  • Namespaces

  • Public members

  • Inherited members

Output Window

Yes, when build starts.

Properties Window


Solution Explorer


Server Explorer/Database Explorer


Displays data connections and available system services.

Start Page


Appears the first time you start the IDE. You can customize it.

Task List (Visual Studio)

Yes, when compile errors or warnings exist.



Displays controls and components in alphabetical order.

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

Feature Behavior

New Project Dialog Box

When other platforms are installed on the computer, the IDE enables the combo box that allows you to specify the targeted platform.

Options Dialog Box (Visual Studio)

Visual Basic enables simplified Options pages. Click the Show All Settings check box to see the full list of options.

Feature Behavior

Visual Basic 6.0 Default Shortcut Keys

Supports typical Visual Basic 6 keyboard mapping.

Feature Behavior

Tool tips

  • Appear for all menu items and toolbar buttons when the mouse hovers above them.

Visual Basic IntelliSense Code Snippets

Includes 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.