My Favorite – Visual Studio Tips and Tricks

Sharing some of my favorites

  • Select entire line of code

Put the cursor anywhere in that line of code and without selecting anything just press ctrl + c or ctrl + x

Here I have put my cursor just before the var declaration.

Pressing ctrl + x will cut the entire line

  • Use ALT key to make selection from middle of the line spanning multiple lines and replace the content.

Press and hold Alt while making the selection to select the content from the middle, instead of beginning of the next line.

Also, here we can start typing to replace the content.

  • Change selected text’s case

  • Ctrl +] to move to the matching brace and Ctrl + Shift +] to select everything between matching braces.

  • Move between methods inside using Visual Studio

Using Edit à Next Method and Previous Method we can easily navigate between the methods

  • Use cw code snippet for Console.WriteLine

  • Show Output Window when build starts

Navigate to Tools à Options to enable this setting

  • Use Shift + Enter to place “;” at the end of line
  • Use Peek Definition to get details of the referenced property or method

Use Preview Tooltip for vertical scroll bar

Go to Options à All Languages à Scroll Bars and check Show Preview Tooltip

This will show the preview of the source code at that point.

Hope it helps..


Nice article on understanding Code Map in Visual Studio


Recently had a requirement to document and show stack trace for a particular method to understand the flow

No better way to do it than through code map using Visual Studio


Generating Class Diagram using Visual Studio 2013


Currently working on some documentation, so had to generated some class diagrams. Visual Studio 2013 provides us modelling project which can be used for generating the class diagram.

Check this article

Hope it helps..

This project references NuGet package(s) that are missing on this computer. Enable NuGet Package Restore to download them


Got this issue today while working on a visual studio solution downloaded from web.

To fix this

In Visual Studio

Go to à Tools à Options

Hope it helps ..

Fixed – Visual Studio 2012 getting crashed on attaching debugger


VS 2012 was repeatedly getting crashed when attaching debugger for debugging the plugins.

Tried out unsuccessfully so many things suggested over the internet, however the only thing that worked was installing the VS 2012 update 4

Hope it helps.

“Empty results generated: No binaries were instrumented. Make sure the tests ran, required binaries were loaded, had matching symbol files, and were not excluded through custom settings” issue in Code Coverage in Visual Studio 2012


I was getting the above message while analyzing the code coverage for a Unit Test case written for a Plugin using Microsoft Fakes.

Followed this article

And also deleted the .SUO file (hidden file in the root of the solution) and also restarted the Visual Studio. Re-running the code coverage worked properly this time.

Hope it helps.

.NET Framework missing from Visual Studio 2010 new project dialog box

To resolve this issue, download and install .NET Framework 3.5 sp1.

Or if it is Windows Server 2008 R2,  just enable the .NET Framework 3.5.1 Features using Server Manager or else you will get the following error

“You must use role management tool to install or configure Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5”