Visual Studio Environment

It is always good to get to know the Visual Studio Environment you are working on before you start to work on your website because if you are familiar with the environment you are working on, it is easy for you to start developing and maintain your web site.

The following is an ASP.NET tutorial on the Visual Studio Environment, and the following figure shows you the windows and tools that are available in Visual Studio 2010.


  • The above figure is the same for the Visual Web Developer.

The following is and explanation on the figure above next to their respective numbers, describing the most commonly used windows and tools.

  1. Toolbars – contains the commands for formatting text, finding text, etc. Some toolbars are available only when you are working in Design view.
  2. Toolbox – contains the controls and HTML elements which you can drag onto your page. Toolbox elements are grouped by common function.
  3. Document window – is the area which displays the documents you are working on in tabbed windows. You can switch between documents by clicking tabs.
  4. Server Explorer/Database Explorer – is the area which displays database connections. If Server Explorer is not visible in Visual Studio or in Visual Web Developer – go to the View menu – -> Other Windows – -> Server Explorer.
  5. Solution Explorer – is the area which displays the files and folders in your Web site.
  6. Properties window – gives you the ability to change settings for the page, HTML elements, controls, and other objects.
  7. View tabs – enables you to choose with different views of the same document.
    • Design view is a near-WYSIWYG editing surface.
    • Source view is the HTML editor for the page.


  • You will work with these views when using the Visual Studio or Visual Web Developer so you can alawys open your web pages in the Design View or Source view as you prefer by going to the Tools Menu – -> Options – -> HTML Designer node. Here you can select the HTML Designer node, and change the Start Pages In option.

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