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Activity bar not showing in VS code

Please I am new to using the VS Code Software. Please I just installed the 2019 version 16.10.4 and Preview 2022 of VS code, but in starting the program I don't see the activity bar. I have tried going to View to search for appearance to activate the bar, but appearance is not included in sub-tabs of view. I have tried using the Shift + Ctrl + P but that too does not open to search for the setting. Please any solutions to get the activity bar.

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Viorel-1 answered EinarOseiSies-4413 commented

Maybe you wanted to install Visual Studio Code (where there is a "Show Activity Bar" command in View, Appearance menu), not Visual Studio 16.10.4, which is a different product? (But Visual Studio is also good for Visual Basic, maybe better).

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Please so which product should I install.

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In my opinion, for Visual Basic (for Windows OS) you can use Visual Studio instead of Visual Studio Code.

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karenpayneoregon answered EinarOseiSies-4413 commented

VS Code is a great lightweight editor for many programming languages although for a novice developer using VB.NET Visual Studio 2019 is the best option.

There are many benefits for using Visual Studio 2019 (stay away from 2022 preview unless you understand the risk involved). Benefits include the following and more

  • Visual designers for working with data

  • Visually create events, classes, methods

  • Features built-in debuggers, easy-to-configure project settings (though developers tend to not use the GUI ones)

  • Includes tools to generate dependency graphs. Refactoring tools

  • Advanced IntelliSense (best one ever; Visual Studio Code's IntelliSense extension takes second place)

  • Peek/go to definition

  • Build/clean

  • Easy of adding project references

  • Working with NuGet local and remote packages

  • Can develop Cross-platform (as does VS Code)

Some of the above can be done with the .NET CLI but much easier with VS2019

Notes

  • Visual Studio Code is an editor while Visual Studio is an IDE.

  • Visual Studio Code is cross-platform and fast, while Visual Studio is not fast but the benefits out weigh what a developer must do manually which can be done easier in VS2019

I personally use VS2019 for C# and VB.NET while VS Code for TypeScript and ColdFusion






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Please okay, thanks. @karenpayneoregon, is it possible to install some extensions similar to that of visual studio code in the visual studio like prettier, auto close tag, auto rename tag, and bracket pair colorizer?

If so, then how can I install them?

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I'm sure there are extensions out there for pretty, look in the marketplace in VS under extensions -> manage extensions.

To my knowledge, Visual Studio does auto close tag. Not sure what you mean by rename tag unless you mean rename a class or variable etc then if Visual Studio is not doing what you want look to Resharper (is not cheap but worth it). Same goes for bracket pair colorizer

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Well, thanks for the reply @karenpayneoregon, but ever since I have been using Visual Studio the auto cole tag does not work. Please is there a setting to activate it?

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auto cole tag does not work.

What is a cole tag ?

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Please sorry for the typo mistake. I meant how can activate the auto close tag in visual studio

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In which case or files it does not work, and how is this related to Activity Bar of Visual Studio Code?

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