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Visual Studio.NET Blank Property Browser Bug

, 14 Aug 2004
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Visual Studio.NET 2003 version's property browser goes blank, I found the remedy and I have made an Add-in to resolve this bug.


Visual Studio .NET Blank Property Browser Bug

What is blank property browser bug?

In Visual Studio .NET 2003 version, IDE shows properties of selected object/file in Property Browser window. Sometimes this window only shows properties of UI elements and does not show anything for HTML elements or installer file settings etc. This misbehaviour starts after creating some installer project in Visual Studio.

The following figure shows how Property Browser should show settings of a project.

And following figure shows the blank Property Browser, which occurs in Visual Studio .NET 2003 version.

So far I do not know why it occurs, but I found out way to resolve by hook or crook. I switched user and saw that it was working well when I started Visual Studio .NET first time, but from next subsequent types it started showing blank Property Browser. Then I understood that it does store something to user's data registry or directory which affects this behaviour.

Then I deleted registry / files one by one to find out, when Visual Studio shows Property Browser properly. So after number of experiments I found out that deleting C:\Documents and Settings\USER\Application Data\Microsoft\VisualStudio\7.1 makes Visual Studio .NET work properly. I mean to say that if we delete entire folder of Visual Studio settings folder then Property Browser works perfectly. But this folder is created every time when Visual Studio exits.

So I created Visual Studio .NET Add-in which works with Visual Studio and when Visual Studio exits it automatically deletes the settings folder which makes Property Browser work efficiently all time. However this may not store your personalized setting of change of UI elements of Studio.

The Add-in is available for download for FREE of charge here.

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Akash Kava
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United States United States
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Comments and Discussions

GeneralVS 2005 Pinmembergettingbored3-Aug-09 1:30 
GeneralAnother solution PinmemberGigi B.28-May-07 10:31 
GeneralTry this before anything Pinmemberananth22218-Sep-06 11:30 
GeneralMatrox PowerDesk's "save/restore windows positions" feature destabilizes Windows applications. PinmemberBrooks Harris18-Sep-06 6:10 
GeneralThe Real Solution PinmemberJusMe7-Dec-05 11:37 
QuestionAny other ideas? PinsussDan Pitman29-Apr-05 4:59 
AnswerRe: Any other ideas? Pinmembershabnamsyd17-Sep-05 3:19 
GeneralRe: Any other ideas? Pinmemberswilliams28-Oct-05 5:10 
GeneralI gave you a 5... PinmemberJohn Cardinal15-Apr-05 17:59 
Just for posting the solution to the problem. It's been bugging me for a while and now I know what directory to delete which is good enough to fix the problem.


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GeneralRe: I gave you a 5... Pinmembershabnamsyd17-Sep-05 3:18 

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