Jul 31, 2009

Visual Studio Tip: Guide Lines for Line Wrapping

Nothing new here, but I was talking about it with a colleague today who wasn’t aware of the feature, so if you haven’t seen it before you might find this useful

Let’s say you want to wrap or break lines in your source code at the 80 column mark or 120 columns (or whatever your team prefers).  How do you do this?  Visual Studio doesn’t include any options in the GUI to enable such functionality.

That said, it is possible, and you may have seen people who have guidelines on their screen that look something like the following:


The way to do it is to simply jump into Regedit and add a value as follows:

Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\9.0\Text Editor

String Name: Guides

Value: RGB(128,0,0) 80,120

The 80,120 will actually add two guidelines – one at column 80 and one at column 120.

Hope that helps!

References: Stack Overflow and Sara Ford

1 comment:

  1. thank you for this priceless tip!
    it helped me a lot especially when i was trying to handle regedit.

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