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VS 2010: Configuration Tips and Tricks

posted Jul 28, 2011, 7:23 AM by Eric Patrick   [ updated May 18, 2012, 12:44 PM ]
ASP.NET Development Server Instances Gone Wild

When debugging a web project in VS 2010, you may find that VS will launch many instances of the Dev Server (even though you are attaching to an IIS process).  To disable this:
  • Click on the web project file in the Solution Explorer
  • From the Properties window, set 'Always Start When Debugging' to false
These settings are user-specific settings, and as such are not copied into source. You will need to take this step manually.

Collapsing Projects

Tired of having to manually collapse all the items in the Visual Studio Solution Explorer? This extension does the trick nicely (VS 2010). Why Microsoft has not seen fit to add this to VS is so Microsoft.