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Environment, Options Dialog Box

The pages in the Environment folder in the Options dialog box let you set how certain elements of the integrated development environment (IDE) display and behave. You can access the Environment pages by clicking Options on the Tools menu, and then clicking Environment.


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Customize the appearance and behavior of windows, menus, and other elements of the IDE.

General, Environment, Options Dialog Box

Specify the security settings and paths for add-ins and macros.

Add-in/Macros Security, Environment, Options Dialog Box

Change the settings for automatic saving and restoration of files.

AutoRecover, Environment, Options Dialog Box

Establish document display and management settings that include the behavior of Miscellaneous files.

Documents, Environment, Options Dialog Box

Customize when message boxes appear and how the Find and Replace window acts during a Quick Find or Quick Replace, and also auto-populate Find What.

Find and Replace, Environment, Options Dialog Box

Set the font and color in certain editors, dialog boxes, tools windows, and other user interface (UI) elements.

Fonts and Colors, Environment, Options Dialog Box

Configure search results settings, narrowing the focus of Help topics that appear in the Dynamic Help window, and specifying the sources that are used in Help searches and F1 Help.

Help, Environment, Options Dialog Box

Change save preferences for profiles.

Import and Export Settings, Environment, Options Dialog Box

Select a default language for Visual Studio.

International Settings, Environment, Options Dialog Box

Configure your programming language-specific keyboard mapping scheme based on earlier versions of Visual Studio, and also creating new shortcuts for frequently used commands and customized default shortcuts.

How to: Work with Shortcut Key Combinations

Specify what content or UI, if any, is displayed when you open Visual Studio.

Startup, Environment, Options Dialog Box

Learn how to set options for comment tokens and tasks.

Task List, Environment, Options Dialog Box

Change your default Home and Search pages, changing the system source editor, and configuring Internet Explorer options.

Web Browser, Environment, Options Dialog Box

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