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Tip 6.21: How to customize what Visual Studio opens to (or how to make the Start Page not show up when Visual Studio opens)

October 16, 2013

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

Sara Ford’s Blog

Sara Aside

When she was working on either her test cases or the automation framework, she would use the Last Loaded Solution option. When she was doing ad hoc testing, just randomly testing for bugs, she would have either the Show Empty Environment or Show New Project Dialog Box option set.

Under Tools–Options–Environment–Startup, you’ll find the At Startup combo box.

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Following is a list of the items you can select to specify what you want Visual Studio to open to:

  • Your Web browser home page. Note that the option to change your Web browser home page is found in Tools–Options–Environment–Web Browser.
  • The last loaded solution.
  • The Open Project dialog box.
  • The New Project dialog box.
  • Show Empty Environment. Choosing this option results in Visual Studio showing an empty environment without a document.
  • The Start Page. This is the default setting.

Happy Programming! =)

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