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Making F1 do something useful in Visual Studio

, 12 Feb 2011
Thanks OriginalGriff! This is great and really helped me out. :-D However, for my tastes I like to open the URL in the default browser (currently that's Chrome for me), which allows me to easily open up several tabs from the links or bookmark useful entries.Also, the original F1 would...

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12 Feb 2011
OriginalGriff
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F1 in Visual Studio takes forever, and rarely comes up with anything useful. Replace it with a Google MSDN search!
14 Feb 2011
HelenmaryC
I tried to run this the first time without any documents open and it threw an error, so I made a small mod to the original code to prevent VS from whining at me under those, probably limited, circumstances:Dim url As String = "www.google.com/search?q=MSDN"If DTE.ActiveDocument IsNot...
16 Feb 2011
Henry Minute
I have an alternative Macro which, like the modification from newmodel, only requires you to have the cursor in or at either end of the search word.It also allows for searching from the Output Window and HTML Text.I have to confess that it is not all my own work, although the version...
4 May 2011
Ed Nutting
There is a very easy alternative to this in VS 2010 now :) Go to the Help menu, select 'Manage Help Settings', ignore any error messages ( I get 'You do not have permission to modify content under the location specified for the help content store'). Anyway, ignore any error messages then in the...

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