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Font and color options

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What developer doesn't want absolute control over their coding editor? Perhaps you prefer a dark background and neon blue text for your code. When you configure your own fonts and color options, it's one way to indulge your inner artist. Let me start by showing you how to increase the font size in your code. I'm inside a project in Visual Studio called FontAndColor. I'm going to open these two code files down here: Book.cs--double-click on that one--and I'm going to open Program.cs. I'm going to move over to Book.cs, and then I'm going to use a feature of the mouse scroll wheel in Visual Studio to enlarge this font size.

Font and color options

What developer doesn't want absolute control over their coding editor? Perhaps you prefer a dark background and neon blue text for your code. When you configure your own fonts and color options, it's one way to indulge your inner artist. Let me start by showing you how to increase the font size in your code. I'm inside a project in Visual Studio called FontAndColor. I'm going to open these two code files down here: Book.cs--double-click on that one--and I'm going to open Program.cs. I'm going to move over to Book.cs, and then I'm going to use a feature of the mouse scroll wheel in Visual Studio to enlarge this font size.

Before I do that though, let me close this error list on here in the bottom of the screen, and this output window. There you go. I'm going to hold down the Control key, and then I'm going to use my mouse wheel, and I'm going to zoom in to make the text larger. Obviously, you would do this if you're having trouble reading the code. If I switch over to Program.cs, and notice that it only affects the one file. The font size here is the same size as it was originally. If I switch back to Book.cs, you'll see that it is the large size.

Now if I scroll the opposite direction, what you think will happen? Ah, you figured it out; the text gets smaller. If you want more control over the individual words inside your document, then you need to go to the Tools > Options menu. Let's go there. Tools > Options. And then you're going to click on the Environment node, and go to the Fonts and Colors section. The first thing I will look at is the basic font, Consolas. This affects the entire code window; any text that is in the code window will use the Consolas font.

If you want to change this font, click on this dropdown. Since programmers tend to like to use monospaced fonts, this dialog shows you all the fonts in your system, but it points out the ones that are monospaced by putting them in bold. Personally, I like the Consolas font, so I'm going to leave it at the default. Next, I'm going to start changing some of the items in my code. For instance, maybe I want to change my comments. I'll press C, which moves me down to the C section. Click on Comment, and you can see that the normal comment is a white background with a nice dark green colored font.

I'm going to change my background to a slightly yellow color. I'll click here. And now these colors make me happy, so what I'm going to do is I'm going to click on the custom button and choose a light yellow color. I am thinking that looks pretty good right there. I'll click OK, and then I'll click OK again. And you can see that all my comments now have green text with a light yellow background. I like that. Next, I want to talk about these curly braces and these parentheses. Those are called matching braces, so I can color those as well.

Go up to Tools > Options, find the Brace Matching, and I can choose the brace matching rectangle. And right now this kind of this light gray color. That's boring. I'm thinking the some sort of--I had yellow earlier. I'm thinking maybe some sort of green now for this. How about that color right there? Looks good to me. Click OK and then click OK. Now watch what happens if I move my cursor next to the parenthesis.

The matching parenthesis is highlighted in this green color. If I move down here, the same thing happens. And if I move to this curly brace, it shows the matching curly brace further down the page. It shows me that this one on line 28 is the match for this one on line 22. Very handy for seeing where your beginning and ending sections of your code are. There are a lot of other changes you can make. I can change the colors of the line numbers down the side. I can change the colors of the string; for instance, over here, the color of the items that are between beginning and ending double quotes can be changed.

This list is endless, as you can see. So let me show you just one other one though that I like to use a lot, and that's to differentiate the difference between a value type and a reference type. So I'm going to scroll down to the User Type section, right here, and I'm going to pick user types, which would be a class. And I'm going to change the background of this to light blue. I'll pick Custom. I'll pick a nice light blue color and then click OK.

And then for the value types--things like enumerations or structures would be a better example, because there are separate ones for Enums here-- for a structure type, I'll pick a light pink background, like this one. Click OK and then click OK. And now let's look what happens in my code. Everywhere where I declare an insistence of a class, it uses the blue background. Everywhere where I declare a structure type, it uses the pink background. When I write code to instantiate those types, it does the same colors.

Here, I'm saying a new book. Here, I'm saying new file information. So I find this very handy to keep my mind clear which is a reference type and which is a value type. Couple of more settings. You can go to the Tools, Options and by clicking on this dropdown up here, you can change all their parts of Visual Studio: the toolbars, the different windows that are docked to the side, you can change the fonts that are used for printing output. Let me show you just one another one in here, the Statement Completion. This affects the dropdown windows for the IntelliSense.

So if I go right now and choose to change this to a 16-point font, like so, and then click OK, and go to my code and type in "fi", the dropdown and the tooltip that are popping up at this moment are now using my 16-point font, whereas before they were using the 9-point font. I am just about done. I would like to reset my environment so that for future movies it uses the default settings, so I'm going to go back in to Tools.

Of course, you don't have to do this on your computer; you can keep your own settings. But for these movies, I'm going to set it back to the defaults. I'll click on Options, and then I am going to use Use Defaults, and then I'll go to the Text Editor and click on Use Defaults. And now my beautiful color comments and all the other configuration changes I made have disappeared. It's a sad day. Now, you can spend an hour experimenting all the font settings in this dialog, and before long, you'll have your own custom code editor that will be the envy of your peers.

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Visual Studio 2010 Essential Training

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  1. 2m 3s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 1s
  2. 7m 19s
    1. Understanding the Visual Studio versions
      3m 51s
    2. Setting up your developer computer
      3m 28s
  3. 58m 2s
    1. Creating a Visual Studio project
      4m 58s
    2. Working with Solution Explorer
      6m 32s
    3. Working with big projects
      3m 53s
    4. Taking a tour of the Integrated Developer Environment (IDE)
      8m 36s
    5. Introducing drag-and-drop UI design
      7m 38s
    6. Working with the Properties window
      6m 44s
    7. Looking at Server Explorer
      7m 4s
    8. Exploring the new Help engine
      6m 41s
    9. Setting options for the IDE
      5m 56s
  4. 39m 25s
    1. Creating a simple WPF application
      1m 32s
    2. Building the UI with the editors
      9m 14s
    3. Working with the application code
      3m 37s
    4. Communicating with the web site
      7m 15s
    5. Connecting your data
      8m 4s
    6. Binding to an RSS feed
      5m 4s
    7. Packaging and deploying the application
      4m 39s
  5. 39m 46s
    1. What languages are supported in Visual Studio 2010?
      1m 17s
    2. Exploring basic settings for the Code Editor
      5m 35s
    3. Writing a C# program
      6m 48s
    4. Writing a VB program
      6m 29s
    5. Working with C++
      6m 38s
    6. Working with F Sharp
      6m 9s
    7. Font and color options
      6m 50s
  6. 1h 5m
    1. Formatting your code
      6m 43s
    2. Navigating your code
      7m 44s
    3. Using the Task List
      2m 26s
    4. Commenting your code
      2m 45s
    5. Documenting your code
      8m 26s
    6. Using IntelliSense effectively
      7m 0s
    7. Working with code snippets
      6m 25s
    8. Refactoring your code
      5m 15s
    9. Understanding code generation
      2m 10s
    10. Generating code with T4
      6m 29s
    11. Using the Class View, Class Designer, and Class Diagram tools
      5m 51s
    12. Refactoring VB with CodeRush Xpress
      4m 33s
  7. 1h 11m
    1. Working with project and item templates
      8m 38s
    2. Creating a console application
      7m 5s
    3. Creating a class library
      6m 26s
    4. Creating a web site with ASP.NET
      7m 37s
    5. Creating a rich internet application with Silverlight
      6m 57s
    6. Creating a classic Windows application with Windows Forms
      10m 31s
    7. Creating a dramatic Windows application with Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF)
      4m 41s
    8. Creating a WCF service
      9m 1s
    9. Using an existing WCF service
      6m 38s
    10. Navigation UI designs with the Document Outline view
      3m 41s
  8. 33m 18s
    1. Creating a data project with SQL Project
      6m 24s
    2. Clarifying the confusion on .NET Data
      3m 31s
    3. Using ADO.NET in your application
      6m 50s
    4. Creating typed datasets
      7m 55s
    5. Using the data binding tools
      8m 38s
  9. 30m 13s
    1. Debugging code
      9m 32s
    2. Working with the Watch and other debug windows
      7m 46s
    3. Other debugging techniques
      6m 50s
    4. IntelliTrace historical debugging in Visual Studio Ultimate
      6m 5s
  10. 17m 56s
    1. Understanding Visual Studio editions and test tools
      2m 22s
    2. Verifying your code with unit tests
      8m 58s
    3. Running performance and load tests
      6m 36s
  11. 34m 5s
    1. Building your application
      4m 19s
    2. Customizing the build process with MSBuild
      6m 36s
    3. Setting assembly information
      2m 12s
    4. Deploying a basic Windows application
      2m 19s
    5. Creating an installer with Visual Studio
      7m 39s
    6. Creating a ClickOnce application
      5m 13s
    7. Setting up IIS for deploy
      2m 9s
    8. Deploying a Silverlight or ASP.NET application
      3m 38s
  12. 14m 0s
    1. Understanding source control
      2m 9s
    2. Setting up Team Foundation Server source control
      3m 5s
    3. Using Team Foundation Server source control
      8m 46s
  13. 17m 31s
    1. Understanding the .NET Office integration
      4m 16s
    2. Making a Word 2010 application
      7m 54s
    3. Making an Excel 2010 add-in
      5m 21s
  14. 31m 34s
    1. Understanding the extensibility model in Visual Studio
      2m 17s
    2. Adding external tools to the Tools menu
      4m 42s
    3. Creating macros
      7m 16s
    4. Using the Extension Manager
      5m 1s
    5. Creating an MEF add-in
      7m 9s
    6. Deploying and installing an add-in with VSIX
      5m 9s
  15. 25m 34s
    1. Working with configuration files
      5m 37s
    2. Using the Settings Editor
      7m 30s
    3. Using the Resources Editor
      6m 59s
    4. Localizing your resources
      5m 28s
  16. 1m 17s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 17s

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