Most of the time when you want to take a screenshot you probably use the Snipping Tool built into Windows or another third party program like Greenshot but did you know that if you're using Windows 10 (creators edition or greater) you can take a screenshot by simply pressing Windows key + Shift + S?
No more launching the snipping tool to quckly screenshot. Just press WinKey+Shift+S and the screen will grey out allowing you to drag the mouse around the area you want to capture.
If you're using Visual Studio Code and want to share a screenshot of what you're working on I highly recommend using Polacode.
It can be a little tricky following the steps from the official gif (as seen above) but essentially you just do the following:
I'll admit that personally I've never had a need in all my professional life to print code from Visual Studio but I know a few devs and project managers that do. I suppose it can be handy when you want to view something offline or hand out code samples for a meeting.
A dev buddy was in touch recently and asked me how she could print from Visual Studio Code. Having never even looked for this option before I just assumed it existed where all Print options live in 'File -> Print...' or Ctrl+P but quickly realized that neither of these options exist in VS Code.
As a developer you've probably become quite familiar with many shortcuts like Ctrl+A, Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V....and unfortunately Ctrl+Z!
But did you know that pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc will directly open the Task Manager? Very handy for when you need to kill that infinite loop you just created.
Image maps are a handy way to add clickable zones to your images. When creating an image map from scratch most people would fire up their image editor of choice and work out the click zones using the editor.
This can be ok when creating an image map from scratch but if you have to troubleshoot an image map issue or if you need to 'see' the clickable zones that really isn’t a workable solution.
There are tons of programs out there that can help you make gifs but over the years the one I keep returning to due to its ease of use is LICEcap.
For example, I use it to help me make gif's for this blog, for doing quick screen captures or to highlight bugs found when testing.
Image taken from: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/2314179/how-to-browse-tfs-changesets
Sometimes the easiest thing in the world can take you a while to figure out. Take searching for a changeset in Visual Studio's TFS Source Explorer.
Luckily if super easy to do!
When you're in the Source Explorer, simply press Ctrl + G and the Find ChangeSet dialog will appear. From here you can type the changeset number and press OK.
Alternatively you can click on Find... to open up a more detailed dialog that will allow you filter by dates, by the dev who commited the changeset or by a specific file that was changed.
Easy when you know how!
If you're a developer chances are that you use certain key strokes daily without even thinking about it like Alt + Tab to switch between opened programs.
MacOS users love using quick app launchers, like Alfred, but it's not something a lot of Windows users tend to know about or use.
When working on a large project where a single file could have hundreds or thousands of lines of code it can be useful to quickly jump from one method to the next in the current document you have open.
I love Visual Studio Code but even the dark mode can be a bit drab and boring looking. Luckiliy there are tons of amazing themes you can install to really personalise it.