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Posted 24 Jul 2010

Modify “Dirty Indicator” – Using Visual Studio 2010 Productivity Power Tool

, 24 Jul 2010
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How to modify "dirty indicator" using Visual Studio 2010 Productivity power tool

Dirty Indicator” is nothing but the indication of “Modified Unsaved” file in Visual Studio IDE. In Visual Studio 2010, by default, dirty icon shows as “*”. Using productivity tool, we can customize this icon.

To launch the VS 2010 productivity Tool, from Visual Studio IDE, Go To Tools > Option > Productivity Power Tool.


You will find the Dirty Indicator under Document Tab Well > General Settings. Dirty Indicator having 4 different values, by default sets to “Default” which means it will indicate unsaved modified file as “*” .


Now you can easily change the indicator value from the dropdown list. There are four different options of Indicator.

  • Default
  • Small Dot
  • Dot
  • Disk


Below is the list of icons that are represented by each indicator.


I have set my dirty indicator to “Small Dot”. What’s yours? :)

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Cheers !!

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