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Visual Studio Tasks List

, 5 Jul 2010 CPOL
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Marking code you need to return to later
If you develop in any way like I do, then you are probably always writing place fillers and temporary bits that show a message box rather than doing the full action - "I'll write that later".

Did you know that Visual Studio can help you keep track of these? Go to the View menu, Task List. Now the task list is displayed along with the error list, bookmarks and output window. Select "Comments" rather than "User Tasks" and edit your code.

Write a comment "//TODO this is not done yet." Wait a few seconds.
See how it appears in the Task List window? TODO can be upper, lower or a mixture of cases, just so long as it is the first word in the comment.

By default, VS supports "TODO", "HACK" and "UNDONE", but you can create your own and assign priorities with "Tools...Options...Environment...Task List"


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GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
Pravin Patil, Mumbai5-Jul-12 1:53
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GeneralReason for my vote of 5 ??????? :) Pin
krukovis27-Feb-12 21:34
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GeneralRe: ???????????? ???! (? ???????, - ? ?????? ??? ???????????? Go... Pin
OriginalGriff27-Feb-12 22:55
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GeneralReason for my vote of 5 Thanks.. Really helpful Pin
Pranit Kothari1-Jan-12 3:43
memberPranit Kothari1-Jan-12 3:43 
GeneralThank you OriginalGriff for sharing it. It is really helpful... Pin
That's Aragon6-Dec-11 1:08
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GeneralSo has VS - I've used it since VS2002 Pin
Johnny J.5-Jul-10 22:23
memberJohnny J.5-Jul-10 22:23 
GeneralRe: I am so dumb then. I am using .NET since version 1.1 and don... Pin
That's Aragon6-Dec-11 1:07
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GeneralReason for my vote of 3 A Good feature, Eclipse has this fea... Pin
Member 46911725-Jul-10 21:07
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GeneralSweet! Pin
PSU Steve6-Jul-10 4:20
memberPSU Steve6-Jul-10 4:20 
GeneralReally great tip! I use it with FIXME Pin
Jochen Baier5-Jul-10 20:12
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