Often times Visual Studio will try and help you by launching some tool or function when you build a project. But sometimes you might want to use these tools outside of the prescribed work flow or maybe you just want quick access to your “utility belt”.
- From the menu bar select “Tools” followed by “External Tools”
- From the “External Tools” menu, click on “Add” to make a new entry.
- Enter the appropriate information for the new “External Tool”
Here are the settings for two external tools that I have added.
The first is for Windows Communication Foundation Test Client that allows you to test the host services that you create in Visual Studio. Be sure to select “Prompt for arguments” so you can enter the location of the service that you are testing.
Next are the settings for the Visual Studio 2008 command prompt. This came in handy to enter some configuration commands for Visual Studio – more on that in another post.
Arguments = %comspec% /k “”H:Program FilesMicrosoft Visual Studio 9.0VCvcvarsall.bat”” x86
Initial directory = $(ProjectDir)
What external tools have you added?