Friday Dev Tip

  • How to quickly mark a message as important using MS Teams

    How to quickly mark a message as important using MS Teams

    MS Teams has quickly grown in usage within organizations over the last 12-18months. It's easy to see why - it's simple to use and ties into an organization's existing security policies very easily.

    The only snag some people have with it is that when a lot of chatter is happening on a group channel important messages could be getting lost.

    There are usually 2 ways to work around this.

  • The simplest way to take a screenshot in Windows 10

    the simplest way to take a screenshot in Windows 10

    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.

  • How to print from Visual Studio Code

    How to print from Visual Studio Code

    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.

  • How to visualize an image map so you can debug it

    How to vizualize an image map

    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.

  • How to make gifs using LICEcap

    How to make simple gifs using LiceCap


    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.

  • How to search for a changeset in TFS using Visual Studio

    #FridayDevTip - How to search for a changeset in TFS using Visual Studio

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    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!

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