Monthly Archives: July 2014

Unescape String in Watch Window – Visual Studio

Hey everyone,

Just a quick post on how to remove the escape characters from a string in the watch window. All you’ve got to do is append “,nq” (short for no quotes) to the watch variable name.

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MyLongString becomes MyLongString,nq

This removes all of the quotes and line breaks. Pretty handy for when you’ve got to copy the values.

Check out these links for more info:

MSDN: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/e514eeby%28v=vs.100%29.aspx
StackOverflow: http://stackoverflow.com/a/9786653/522859

How to Open the Same File Twice in Visual Studio

Hey everyone,

Today I was working on a fairly large class and needed to compare two different areas of code. I’m used to using text editors such as notepad++ and sublime where I would normally just open the file multiple times. It turns out that Visual Studio has a similar feature, although it’s admittedly a lot less intuitive:

– Open the file you want to duplicate and make it the active tab (just click on it somewhere)
– Select window from the menu up the top
– Click New Window

This will duplicate your active tab. To place them side by side simply right click on one of them and then select ‘New Vertical Tab Group’.

Thanks to this Stackoverflow post for the solution: http://stackoverflow.com/a/772159/522859