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VB Specific, Basic, Text Editor, Options Dialog Box

The VB Specific property page, in the Basic folder of the Text Editor folder of the Options (Tools menu) dialog box contains the following properties:

Automatic insertion of end constructs

When you type—for example, the first line of a procedure declaration, Sub Main—and press ENTER, the text editor adds a matching End Sub line. Similarly, if you add a For loop, the text editor adds a matching Next statement. When this option is selected, the code editor automatically adds the end construct.

Pretty Listing (reformatting) of code

The text editor reformats your code as appropriate. When this option is selected, the code editor will:

  • Align your code to the correct tab position

  • Recase keywords, variables, and objects to the correct case

  • Add a missing Then to an If...Then statement

  • Add parenthesis to function calls

  • Add missing end quotes to strings

  • Reformat exponential notation

  • Reformat dates

Enable outlining mode

When you open a file in the code editor, you can view the document in outlining mode. See How to: Outline and Hide Code for more information. When this option is selected, the outlining feature is activated when you open a file.

Automatic insertion of Interface and MustOverride members

When you commit an Implements statement or an Inherits statement for a class, the text editor inserts prototypes for the members that have to be implemented or overridden, respectively.

Show procedure line separators

The text editor indicates visual scope of procedures. A line is drawn in the .vb source files of your project at locations listed in the following table:

Location in .vb Source File

Example of Line Location

After the close of a block declaration construct

  • At the end of a class, structure, module, interface, or enum

  • After a property, function, or sub

  • Not between the get and set clauses in a property

After a set of single line constructs

  • After the import statements, before a type definition in a class file

  • After variables declared in a class, before any procedures

After single line declarations (non-block level declarations)

  • Following import statements, inherits statements, variable declarations, event declarations, delegate declarations, and DLL declare statements

Enable error correction suggestions

The text editor can suggest solutions to common errors and allow you to select the appropriate correction, which is then applied to your code.

Enable highlighting of references and keywords

The text editor can highlight all instances of a symbol or all of the keywords in a clause such as If..Then, While...End While, or Try...Catch...Finally. You can navigate between highlighted references or keywords by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+DOWN ARROW or CTRL+SHIFT+UP ARROW.