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Thursday, March 17, 2011

A Visual Studio Tip

(Not a tip of a day, I am not that or that crazy…)

Works on Visual Studio 2008 and 2010.

I don’t know about you guys and gals but I like to listen to music while I program using:


(Shoutcast has lots of stations so I never grow tired of the songs and it’s free)

and I also like to browse the web while I am building my solution.

Sometimes I get absorbed in reading posts in Google Reader while waiting and waste time reading when I am supposed to work. My first solution was changing the browser size so that it took ~90% of the screen (leaving the bottom showing the Visual Studio notification area) – but sometimes I just wasn’t looking and it didn’t help…

My second solution and the one I am advising for people who use headphones is changing the Windows Sounds for Visual Studio. It is very easy and just makes the build process more enjoyable*.

How to:

Control Panel –> Change System Sounds:

Find the program Microsoft Visual Studio and add sounds for Build Failed and Build Succeeded:


(I also had another program without a name with the categories Build Failed/Succeeded I added the sound there too, maybe it’s for 2008?)

Now just put the sound in your projects folder then you can change them whenever you want…

Restart Visual Studio – important step or it doesn’t work.


* The build process is more enjoyable to me because I added funny sounds:

Can you really tell me you’ll be upset after hearing Bugs tell you “you’ve got troubles…”?

Please comment and tell me what sound effects you choose for your build.


Keywords: Sound, Visual studio, build

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