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Tip 1.1: How to not accidentally copy a blank line

July 1, 2012

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

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Sara Aside

There’s something about her that wants to hit Ctrl+C instead of Ctrl+V whenever she’s on a blank line. She just doesn’t understand it. So what happens is she copies a blank line, erasing the text she was trying to paste right there. And to her dismay, she hits Ctrl+V and nothing happens. In fact, she sometimes realizes that she has accidentally hit Ctrl+C, so she hits Ctrl+V as fast as she can, thinking she can outrun the editor. But she looses every time.

The option that saved her sanity is found in Tools–Options–Text Editor–All Languages–General. There’s a check box called Apply Cut Or Copy Commands To Blank Lines When There Is No Selection. Unchecking this option allows her to press Ctrl+C all she wants on a blank line without losing the content on her clipboard.

Happy Programming! =)

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