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Tip 6.2: How to reset your environment settings via Tools–Import And Export Settings

January 12, 2013

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

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The most popular question she sees about Visual Studio IDE is how to reset the environment settings. Starting in Visual Studio 2005, the IDE prompts you on first launch to pick your development settings. If you need to reset back to what you picked or want to pick previously saved settings or predefined settings, go to Tools–Import And Export Settings to launch the wizard, and choose Reset All Settings.


On the next page you decide whether you want to save your current settings. If this is your first time using this dialog box or you want to experiment with this feature, or both, definitely choose to save your settings. The default is to save your settings, so go with the default if you are unsure.


The following page is much more interesting. You may notice this list looks familiar. It should, because this is the same list from that first launch dialog box that prompts you to pick your preferred environment settings. These files contain default settings for features such as keyboard shortcut bindings, tool window layouts, project template layouts, and many, many more.


Choose your IDE settings by clicking Finish. Visual Studio lets you know whether any issues arose with regard to resetting your settings.



Happy Programming! =)

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