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Tip 6.7: How Visual Studio automatically saves all your current settings every time you close it

June 12, 2014

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

Sara Ford’s Blog

On the Tools–Options–Environment–Import And Export Settings (yes, the Tools–Import And Export Settings dialog box has its own Tools Options page), you’ll find the option that lets you choose where to store your current settings. Note that you don’t get to opt out of this. Prior to Visual Studio 2005, settings categories were saved in separate files in %appdata%, such as a file for all your toolbox customizations, your window layouts, your keyboard shortcut bindings, and your command bar changes. Starting in Visual Studio 2005, those settings are now stored in a centralized file called the CurrentSettings.vssettings file by default.

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Every time Visual Studio shuts down, it writes to this file location to keep your current settings saved.

If you ever make a change that you need to quickly back out of, you can always go to Tools–Import And Export Settings–Import and choose the CurrentSettings.vssettings file, located in the My Settings folder.

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Happy Programming! =)

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