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VisualStudio.NET: Text-Editor Guide at 80

April 21st, 2006 Leave a comment Go to comments

Guiding lines in VS.NET 2005It is still considered good style to keep code-lines within a certain bound (e.g. 80 characters). IDEs like Eclipse offer to display a red guiding line at the chosen offset to help developers keep within this bound.

By modifying the registry a similar guide can be enabled for Visual Studio 2003 / 2005. Add a string value Guides to the key (VS.NET 2005, VS 2003 has version 7.1)

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\8.0\Text Editor.

Set the value to

RGB(128,0,0) 80

To have multiple guides (like in the screenshot), add the additional columns space delimited, e.g.

RGB(128,0,0) 80 100

Ackn.: This information has been provided by Hannes Pavelka in Microsoft’s newsgroup microsoft.public.dotnet.languages.csharp, Message-ID: <e1jag7$qk7$02$1@news.t-online.com> (Article in Google Groups):

  1. y2uk
    April 24th, 2006 at 12:52 | #1

    tx 4 t3h info, quite useful

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