Having guidelines in your code editor makes it a bit easier to maintain your code in a tidy manner. For Visual Studio 2010, I use these free extensions:
- Indent Guides by Steve Dower – displays indent guides in Visual Studio text editor windows.
- Editor Guidelines by Paul Harrington – adds vertical guidelines behind the text at user-specified column positions.
- Editor Guidelines UI by Paul Harrington – adds submenu with three commands to the code editor’s context menu (right click) for managing editor guidelines – no need to edit the registry for guidelines configuration anymore.
For Visual Studio 2008 and older, you have to use regedit. Navigate to:
and add a string named “
Guides” with value “
RGB(0,255,0),80” to create a guideline after column 80. To have more guidelines e.g., after column 80 and 130, set the value to
Note: Editor Guidelines extension for VS2010 uses a registry entry similar to the one described above, however its syntax is less strict. I found out on VS2008, that “
Guides” string value cannot contain any spaces.
For reference, please visit: Adding a guideline to the editor in Visual Studio at StackOverflow.com.