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Tip 6.10: You can run external tools from the IDE

June 15, 2014

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

Sara Ford’s Blog

Sara Aside

Okay she has to admit, she’s not the local expert in External Tools. She can talk about the functionality all day long, but nothing is better than real-world examples. When she blogged about this tip, she asked blog readers to leave comments about how they use this feature. You can see their comments at http://blogs.msdn.com/b/saraford/archive/2008/04/24/did-you-know-you-can-run-external-tools-within-visual-studio-201.aspx.

Let’s start with the basics. Go to Tools–External Tools to bring up the External Tools dialog box. You’ll notice a set of built-in tools ready to go for you.

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This list of tools under Menu Contents maps directly to the list presented on the Tools menu, as shown here:

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Sara Aside

The first time she made this connection she was totally taken aback. She probably saw this list of tools for years, but she never knew it came directly from the External Tools dialog box.

Happy Programming! =)

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