Tracking active document in Visual Studio 2017

I used to have active work item tracking turned on in my Solution Explorer, but that can get annoying, so I turned it off, but then I found I spend too much time searching for my active document. I figured there must be an easier way. Sure enough, Visual Studio has got me covered on this…

So, active item tracking is set in the configuration settings:


As you see, I have turned it off.

Now when you have an active document open in the editor, the Solution Explorer will start a bi-directional arrow icon:


Press it to have the solution explorer track down the active document in the solution explorer. The feature is called ‘Sync with Active Document’. Also accesible via keyboard shortcut: CTRL+[, S



Reset password via RDP session

The feature is ancient and you would think I would always remember, but just as a reminder to myself and to help those that don’t know:

When you’re logged into a remote machine using a remote desktop session and you want to change your password on the remote machine, use CTRL-ALT-END to see the change password option ( so END instead of DEL ).


What does CSV stand for?

Just had someone ask me why I was calling a file a CSV file. My reply: It is a comma separated file. Which made us wonder: why the V and not an F.

Turns out the V is for the Values in the file 🙂
CSV is a simple file format used to store tabular data, such as a spreadsheet or database. Files in the CSV format can be imported to and exported from programs that store data in tables, such as Microsoft Excel or OpenOffice Calc. CSV stands for “comma-separated values“.