Environment Options Dialog Box

You can use the pages in the Environment folder in the Options dialog box to set how certain elements of the integrated development environment (IDE) display and behave. You can access the Environment pages by, on the menu bar, choosing Tools, Options, and then selecting Environment.


The dialog boxes and menu commands that appear on your computer might differ from those that are described in Help, depending on your active settings and the edition of Visual Studio that you are using. To change your settings, choose Import and Export Settings on the Tools menu. For more information, see Customizing Settings.

For information about how to


Customize the appearance and behavior of windows, menus, and other elements of the IDE.

General, Environment, Options Dialog Box

Specify security for add-ins.

Add-in Security, Environment, Options Dialog Box

Change the settings for automatic saving and restoration of files.

AutoRecover, Environment, Options Dialog Box

Establish document display and management settings that include the behavior of Miscellaneous files.

Documents, Environment, Options Dialog Box

Customize when message boxes appear and how the Find and Replace window acts during a Quick Find or Quick Replace, and also auto-populate Find What.

Find and Replace, Environment, Options Dialog Box

Set the font and color in certain editors, dialog boxes, tools windows, and other user interface (UI) elements.

Fonts and Colors, Environment, Options Dialog Box

Change save preferences for profiles.

Import and Export Settings, Environment, Options Dialog Box

Select a default language for Visual Studio.

International Settings, Environment, Options Dialog Box

Learn how to set options for tasks and task lists

Task List, Environment, Options Dialog Box

Change your default Home and Search pages, changing the system source editor, and configuring Internet Explorer options.

Web Browser, Environment, Options Dialog Box

See Also


Options Dialog Box (Visual Studio)

Other Resources

Customizing the Development Environment