Click here to Skip to main content
Click here to Skip to main content

Tagged as

Tips and Tricks: Customizing Visual Studio 2010 Start Page

, 11 Feb 2010 CPOL
Rate this:
Please Sign up or sign in to vote.
Introduction:D...

Introduction:

Do you know that you can easily customize the Visual Studio 2010 start page? Yes, this is true. This uses an XAML page which you can modify easily if you have knowledge in XAML. Redesign your page with your brand & look, impress your users (mainly your team) with the new look.

image

Why Should I Do This:

Now before reading the steps, the question may arise in your mind “Why should I do this? I don’t care what the look is.” Yup, this is right but think in some point of view where you want to show some sort of information/news tracker on the best coding practises your team should follow or you may want to show the pending tasks of the team in the start-up page or you may want to redesign that page with custom templates to meet your company brand or something else.

How can I do this:

First of all, go to your “My Documents\Visual Studio 2010\StartPages”. There you will find a project named “StartPage” with an additional XAML file named “StartPage.xaml”. This XAML page is your Start Page of the Visual Studio 2010. Remember that this is a user specific file & have to deploy for all users.

Before doing anything, take a backup of the same. Now open the StartPage project file which will load the XAML in your Visual Studio IDE. Modify it according to the look & feel you want. Save it & you will immediately see the effect in your startup page.

Not only this. You can also choose different XAML files for your Startup XAML page. Create a separate XAML file with your design in the same directory as mentioned above. Open your Visual Studio 2010. Go to Tools –> Options –> Environment –> Startup.

image

Select the “Custom Start Page” from the drop down that you have created. Hit “OK” to see it immediately in your start page. Remember that for security reasons, you can’t change the path as this executes under the trusted privileges of the user only & also uses some references to the Visual Studio UI assemblies.

License

This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)

Share

About the Author

_ Kunal Chowdhury _
Technical Lead
India India
Kunal Chowdhury is a Microsoft "Client Development" MVP (Most Valuable Professional), a Codeproject Mentor, Telerik MVP, Nokia Developer Champion, Speaker in various Microsoft events, Author, passionate Blogger and a Software Engineer by profession.
 
He is currently working in an MNC located in India. He has a very good skill over XAML, C#, Silverlight, Windows Phone, WPF and Windows 8 (WinRT). He posts his findings, articles in his technical blog and CodeProject.
 
Technical Blog: http://www.kunal-chowdhury.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/blog.kunal
Twitter : http://twitter.com/kunal2383
Follow on   Twitter   Google+   LinkedIn

Comments and Discussions

 
QuestionMy Visual Studio 2010 StartPages folder is completely empty. Why? Pinmembermkamoski18-May-12 4:02 
AnswerRe: My Visual Studio 2010 StartPages folder is completely empty. Why? Pinmvp_ Kunal Chowdhury _18-May-12 4:09 

General General    News News    Suggestion Suggestion    Question Question    Bug Bug    Answer Answer    Joke Joke    Rant Rant    Admin Admin   

Use Ctrl+Left/Right to switch messages, Ctrl+Up/Down to switch threads, Ctrl+Shift+Left/Right to switch pages.

| Advertise | Privacy | Terms of Use | Mobile
Web04 | 2.8.1411022.1 | Last Updated 12 Feb 2010
Article Copyright 2010 by _ Kunal Chowdhury _
Everything else Copyright © CodeProject, 1999-2014
Layout: fixed | fluid