Changing Visual Studio default settings for ASP.NET
Part two of a five-part series of blogs

Visual Studio is a great tool for developing websites using ASP.NET - it can be made even greater by tweaking some default settings. Use this blog to change the default start-up options, assign a navigate backward key, insert attribute quote marks and open pages in HTML view by default.

  1. Visual Studio - default settings to change for ASP.NET
  2. Changing Visual Studio Start-Up Options (this blog)
  3. Opening Visual Studio pages in HTML view by default
  4. Inserting Attribute Quote Marks Automatically
  5. Creating a Navigate Backward Key

Posted by Andy Brown on 02 August 2011

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Changing Visual Studio Start-Up Options

I prefer it if Visual Studio opens up each time to show the project I've last been working with (a separate blog covers how to load recently used ASP.NET websites).   Here's how to get this to work!

Firstly, choose to show the Visual Studio options dialog box:

Selecting Tools Options

From the Visual Studio 2010 menu select the menu option shown here.


Now change the Startup options:

Tools Options dialog box

Fill in the dialog box as shown below

Complete the dialog box shown above as follows:

  1. Choose to change Startup optons.
  2. Click on the drop arrow to load the last solution you've been working with.
  3. Untick the box to avoid downloading content from the Microsoft news channel every hour!

When you leave Visual Studio and go back in, you should automatically see the website or other project you were last working with loaded.

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