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Tip 6.9: You can use team settings to keep Visual Studio settings on different machines in sync

May 11, 2012

“Visual Studio Tips, 251 ways to improve your Productivity in Visual Studio“, courtesy of ‘Sara Ford’

Sara Ford’s Blog

Under Tools–Options–Environment–Import And Export Settings, you’ll see an option called Use Team Settings File.

This option enables you to let all the members of your team use the same baseline settings. You can provide a .vssettings file (by creating these customizations on your machine and then using Tools–Import And Export Settings–Export to create the file). Then put the .vssettings file on a Universal Naming Convention (UNC) share. Next, you check the Use Team Settings File check box, pointing it at this file.

So, what happens now? Whenever Visual Studio launches, it’ll check the time stamp of the .vssettings file, and if there has been an update, Visual Studio will reapply all the settings from the .vssettings file. But be aware, if you have any custom changes, they will be overwritten when Visual Studio detects the new team settings file.

She thinks that this works really well in a scenario where there’s a single developer who works on multiple computers, because any tweaks the developer makes on one machine will be carried over to the next machine.

Happy Programming! =)

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