Prevent cutting or copying blank lines in Visual Studio

I hope you know that we are not required to select a line to cut or copy it in Visual Studio, you can just keep the caret in a line and press Ctrl + C or Ctrl + X and the text in the line will be copied to your clipboard and you can insert this line anywhere in your code by pressing Ctrl + V.

It will also copy a blank line, but people use Ctrl + X command to delete blank lines and some may find this as an issue as they didn’t intend to copy the blank line and also it will clear the previously copied item in the clipboard.

It is surprising as usual to find that Visual Studio team has thought out this and provided a setting which prevents the copying of blank lines, and Cut command will just delete the blank lines.

I found this when I recently bumped into the setting in Visual Studio, in Text Editor > All Languages called "Apply Cut or Copy commands to blank lines when there is no selection".


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Visual Studio 2010 Extension for collapsing solution explorer items

I have recently realised how folks get significantly uncomfortable and could also loose little amount of productivity speed when navigating Solution Explorer which is in a state of mess due to randomly expanded and collapsed Solution Explorer items, it surely causes at least a tiny amount of lack of clarity.

The basic TreeView control or Tree control is a common windows control found in many places in Windows OS, including Windows Explorer. The same is found in Visual Studio’s Solution Explorer, for those who are not aware; this control supports some keyboard shortcuts, I mean whether you are in Windows Explorer or Visual Studio Solution Explorer you can select a node’s parent and use these shortcuts.

+ (plus) --> Expand

- (minus) --> Collapse

* (asterick) --> If you would like to expand recursively a particular item's child items

But there is no shortcut to collapse recursively.

Collapse Selection in Solution Explorer extension is available for Visual Studio 2010 that adds an icon to the Solution Explorer(shown below), clicking which recursively collapses the child items. You can press Ctrl + Alt + Num(-) - numeric keypad’s '-' to use it. This extension is better than the functionality in “PowerCommand for Visual Studio 2010” extension, as explained in the above link.


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Visual Studio Wallpapers to decorate your desktop!

I was doing a search for visual studio logo to use in a presentation and I stumbled upon a site called, and found some great wallpapers built by the community and thought of sharing with you. You too can create some and submit...


(Click to go to the site)


Find more on the website..

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The {not much utilized} Debug->Exceptions… window technique

The Debug-Exceptions… window is a useful tool that at times saves lot of time when debugging. Even though this exists (i think)from Visual Studio 2003, I Still find people struggle a bit with the situation I am going to explain next.  more...

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