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Making F1 do something useful in Visual Studio

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12 Feb 2011CPOL
F1 in Visual Studio takes forever, and rarely comes up with anything useful. Replace it with a Google MSDN search!
For Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Studio 2010:

1) Open VS, and on the Menu bar select "Tools...Macros...New Macro Project"
2) Call the project "GoogleSearchMSDN"
3) I'm so sorry about this, but VB is involved here. Not my fault, honest!
4) Rename the default Module1 to "DoGoogleSearchMSDN" - right click on the module name in the left hand pan, select "Rename"
5) Enter the following code as the module body:
Sub GoogleSearchMSDN()
    Dim url As String
    Dim searchFor As TextSelection = DTE.ActiveDocument.Selection()
    If searchFor.Text <> "" Then
        url = "" + searchFor.Text
        url = ""
    End If
    DTE.ExecuteCommand("View.URL", url)
End Sub

6) Build and save your module.
7) Use the menu bar again: "Tools...Options...Environment...Keyboard"
8) In the "Show commands containing:" textbox, type "Google" - you should see your new macro.
9) Go to the "Press shortcut keys" box, and press F1
10) Press OK.

F1 now searches for "MSDN" plus whatever you highlighted.

[edit]Took out the "C#" reference in the "searches for" comment at the end - mine does, because I put that in the URL... :-O -- OriginalGriff [/edit]


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Jibesh1-Feb-13 12:50
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GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
Farhan Ghumra22-Aug-12 23:49
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GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
Ramin Tarhande3-Jul-12 2:25
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GeneralRe: My vote of 5 Pin
OriginalGriff3-Jul-12 2:35
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GeneralI didn't change a thing in Help preferences and VS (2010 Ult... Pin
Lutosław12-Jan-12 11:56
Lutosław12-Jan-12 11:56 
GeneralReason for my vote of 5 Great tip, implemented it right away... Pin
hoernchenmeister20-Sep-11 3:21
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GeneralReason for my vote of 2 followed the description, does not w... Pin
Cristian Amarie30-Jul-11 22:16
Cristian Amarie30-Jul-11 22:16 
GeneralCool stuff, let me do it today it self. Pin
Joshi, Rushikesh11-May-11 4:59
professionalJoshi, Rushikesh11-May-11 4:59 
GeneralReason for my vote of 5 Great tip. Pin
HimanshuJoshi9-Mar-11 12:51
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GeneralReason for my vote of 5 Thanks for sharing Pin
Patrick Kalkman28-Feb-11 5:19
Patrick Kalkman28-Feb-11 5:19 
GeneralReason for my vote of 5 Simple, yet brilliant idea! Pin
Stephen Haselschwerdt16-Feb-11 11:14
Stephen Haselschwerdt16-Feb-11 11:14 
GeneralReason for my vote of 5 One of those macros that you wish yo... Pin
ctrueman14-Feb-11 12:30
ctrueman14-Feb-11 12:30 
GeneralThis is great, I've been trying to get the help search to op... Pin
Keith.Badeau14-Feb-11 6:48
Keith.Badeau14-Feb-11 6:48 
GeneralRe: Regrettably, no. If there was, I'd have used it! I guess you... Pin
OriginalGriff14-Feb-11 9:38
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GeneralReason for my vote of 5 Sweet, real sweet! Thank you Origin... Pin
Vic Rauch12-Feb-11 18:59
Vic Rauch12-Feb-11 18:59 
GeneralReason for my vote of 5 Cool! I shall implement this right a... Pin
Tarun.K.S12-Feb-11 7:16
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GeneralReason for my vote of 5 Thanks for writing this up so clearl... Pin
Glenn E. Lanier II11-Feb-11 4:23
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GeneralReason for my vote of 5 Arise, Sir Griff Pin
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