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Manage Code Snippets,Visual Studio

Code Snippet in Visual studio enables you to insert piece of skeleton code at the cursor point in your program by just pressing some keys. Microsoft visual studio comes with lots of inbuilt code snippets and allows you to add your custom code snippets which you feel will be reusable at multiple places in your project.

 If you are a .Net Programmer, you might have used the Word + Tab Tab  key combination or Insert Snippet (Ctrl-K + Ctrl-X shortcut  key) option from context menu right click from Visual Studio IDE to insert code snippets.

Code Snippet in Visual studio enables you to insert piece of skeleton code at the cursor point in your program by just pressing some keys or by right click context menu. Microsoft visual studio comes with lots of inbuilt code snippets and allows you to add your custom code snippets which you feel will be reusable at multiple places in your project.

Code Snippet Manager In Visual Studio

The Code Snippet Manager available in visual studio manges the code snippets and  makes it possible for you to add or import your piece of code to the code snippet libray.

In visual stuio IDE to access the Code Snippet Manger ,

go to Tools > Code Snippet Manager

 

In the Code Snippet manager window you can see the availability of code snippets in various categories 

You can Add,Remove the code snippets from here.

 

Visual Studio make available code snippets in  in various Language/categories like HTML, JScript, SQL,Visual Basic,Visual C#, XML as below.

 

Add a directory to Code Snippet Manager

  •  Select the corresponding language category  from the drop down list.
  • Click the button Add.
  • Select the directory that you want to add from the Directory Browser window and click OK.The directory will now be used to search for available code snippets.

Remove a directory from Code Snippet Manager

  • Select the directory to remove.
  • Click the button Remove .This will remove the directory without even a confirmation .

Import a code snippet into Code Snippet Manager

You can also import the code snippet  into the code editor.

  • Select the corresponding language category  that you want to add from the drop down list.
  • Select the existing folder where you want to place the imported code snippet.
  • Click the button Import.
  • Select the code snippet file that you want to add to the Code Snippets Manager and click OK.

 

For more details on fast usage of code snippets read the article below link

Most useful shortcut keys in Visual Studio

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