Tag Archives: Tips & Tricks

How to clean up Microsoft File Transfer Manager queue

If you’re an MSDN subscriber, the Microsoft File Transfer Manager is your main downloader tool.

Unfortunately sometime the download item get stuck in the queue and cannot be removed.

The solution is simple.  Just clean up the following folder’s content and restart the File Transfer Manager program.

Windows 7 & Vista

C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\File Transfer Manager\RequestQueue

Windows XP

C:\Documents and Settings\%USERNAME%\Application Data\Microsoft\File Transfer Manager\RequestQueue

VS2010 Tips #11: Visual Studio 2010 Pro Power Tools extension

Visual Studio team has released Visual Studio 2010 Pro Power Tools extension. This is a great extension to increase your productivity and bring back some Visual Studio 2008 feature such as close button in the tab well.

Here is the description I copied from the extension page.

Visual Studio 2010 Productivity Power Tools

A set of extensions to Visual Studio Professional (and above) which improves developer productivity.

  • Document Well 2010 Plus (More Info)
    One of the key pieces of feedback that we have received over several versions of Visual Studio is that users want to be able to customize the behaviour of their document tabs.  From the ordering of tabs to the position of the close buttons, user can now configure dozens of different options for their tabs. Go to Tools -> Options -> Environment -> Document Tab Well to configure these options as you prefer:

    • Tab Well UI
      • Scrollable tabs
        Maintain spatial consistency of the documents that are included in the document well.
      • Vertical tabs
        Document tabs are shown vertically, allowing you to fit more tabs than are normally visible when shown horizontally.
      • Pinned tabs
        Allows you to pin tabs to keep them always visible and available.
      • Show close button in tab well
        Similar to Visual Studio 2008, will show a close button in the document well that will close the active tab.
    • Tab Behavior
      • Remove tabs by usage order (LRU)
        When a new tab is inserted and existing tabs don’t fit in the document well, instead of removing the tab at the end of the well it will remove the least recently used tab. This ensures that frequently used tabs are readily available.
      • Show pinned tabs in a separate row/column
        Pinning tabs can quickly cause you to run out of space for regular tabs. The option allows you to always show pinned tabs in a separate row (or column, if displayed vertically) from regular tabs.
    • Sorting
      • Sort tabs by project
        Tabs will be sorted by the project they belong to, thus keeping them always together in the document tab well.
      • Sort tabs alphabetically
        Tabs will be sorted alphabetically. When Sort By Project is turned on, tabs will be sorted first by project and then alphabetically.
      • Sort tab well dropdown alphabetically
        The drop down menu at the right end of the document well is sorted alphabetically. This option allows ordering as the tabs are laid out in the document well.
    • Tab UI
      • Color tabs according to their project or according to regular expressions
        This option permits tabs to be colored according to the project they belong to. This is particularly useful when sorting tabs by project, as it allows you to immediately identify different groups of project documents.
        You can also configure regular expressions and assign a color to each one. If the name of a tab matches the configured regular expression, it will be colored with the assigned color.
      • Miscellaneous options that modify tab UI
        • Show document/toolwindow icon in tab
        • Show close button in tab
        • Modify dirty indicator style
          This option allows you to select from a set of different dirty indicators that you might prefer over the asterisk.
        • Modify minimum and maximum tab size
          Allows you to modify minimum and maximum tab size. Try setting minimum and maximum sizes to the same value, and you will have evenly spaced tabs.
  • Searchable Add Reference Dialog
    The new Add Reference dialog makes it faster and easier for you to find the reference that you are looking for and add it to your VB, C# or F# project.  From the Solution Explorer, simply right click on the References node, select the Add Reference command to see the updated Add Reference Dialog. 
  • Highlight Current Line
    As the resolution of monitors increases, it’s becoming more difficult to find the caret in the code editor. The highlight current line extension makes it easy to find the caret by highlighting the line that the caret is on in the editor. You can even configure the default colour by changing the setting for “Current Line (Extension)” and “Current Line Inactive (Extension)” in Tools Options Fonts & Colors.
  • HTML Copy (More Info)
    This extension provides support for the HTML Clipboard format when copying code from the editor.  This means that you’ll no longer have to go fix up the formatting of your code when you paste it into a TFS bug form or any other HTML based control. 
  • Triple Click
    It’s never been easier to select a line of code from the mouse by simple triple-clicking anywhere on the line.
  • Fix Mixed Tabs
    Some developers prefer tabs, others prefer spaces, and nobody likes mixing tabs & spaces. This extension promotes developer harmony by warning as they are open or save a file that has a mixture of tabs & spaces. The information bar also provides an easy way to fix the file to suit your preference. 
  • Ctrl + Click Go To Definition
    This extension gives the editor a web browser by adding clickable hyperlinks to symbols in your code as you hold down the Ctrl key.
  • Align Assignments
    This extension is useful for making your code a little more readable by aligning the assignments when you type Ctrl+Alt+] such that it takes this:

    And turns it into this:

    Please note: This may conflict with your formatting settings. E.g. in C# you will need to disable: Tools->Options->Text Editor->C#->Formatting->Spacing->"Ignore spaces in declaration statements"
  • Colorized Parameter Help
    This extension improves consistency with the editor by applying syntax highlighting to the contents of the Parameter Help window for C# &VB.
  • Move Line Up/Down Commands
    This extension maps the Alt+Up Arrow & Alt+Down Arrow keys such that they will move the current line of code or the selected lines up and down through the editor.
  • Column Guides
    Since Visual Studio 2002, there has been a not so secret registry key which allowed user to draw a vertical line in the code editor.  This is very useful to remind developers that their full line of code or comments may not fit one a single screen. Thanks to this extension this feature has returned with UI configure it. Simply place the cursor at the appropriate column and select Add Guideline from the context menu.

When this post is written the version is 10.0.10608.1630 and it’s stable based on my experience.

Download it now for FREE at


VS2010 Tips #10: How to change Local Help Library path

In this blog post, I want to show you how to change the path of the Local Help Library.

Let’s say you want to move the location of the local content being stored. You can simply move the files and change the path.

Where is it stored now? run the Help Library Manager


Then click Settings


That is the current location. You can copy the contents of that folder to somewhere. (for this example, I move my help contents to D:\DUMMY FILES\HelpLibrary\)

Then open Registry Editor


and then go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWARE -> Microsoft -> Help -> v1.0

Change the value of LocalStore with the path of the new location


In this case I changed it to D:\DUMMY FILES\HelpLibrary\


Okay, now go to the new location then edit the /manifest/queryManifest.3.xml using Notepad


Modify the following to match the new location


So, for this example it will become like this


That’s it!

You can test it by running Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Documentation


VS2010 Tips #9: Moving from Multiple Documents window layout to Floating Window of Visual Studio 2010

If you’re one of the fans of Multiple Document window layout in previous versions of Visual Studio, you will miss that feature in Visual Studio 2010.

Below is the options of Visual Studio 2008

And this is the option of Visual Studio 2010

Yep the setting of Multiple document is no longer there.

That would not be a big issue. Visual Studio 2010 has new feature Floating Window. You can make the editor window to float by simply right clicking the tab title and choose Float.


The editor window is now floating. You can drag anywhere.


To dock it back, you can do from Window -> Dock as Tabbed Document


This feature is better isn’t it? You can even drag it to the external display 🙂

VS2010 Tips #8: Got annoying Visual Studio 2010 error? Try to run in Safe Mode

Sometimes not well-coded extensions/add-ons can cause very annoying error. If you got any error in running Visual Studio 2010, especially if you use lot of 3rd party extensions/add-ons, then running Visual Studio 2010 in Safe Mode will be worth to try.

The Safe Mode will disable all extensions, that way you will know whether the error you got is Visual Studio error or caused by installed extensions.

To run Visual Studio in Safe Mode, you can type devenv.exe /safemode in Visual Studio command line or from Run window.


More about running Visual Studio in Safe Mode: