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October 17, 2013

Visual Studio 2013: IDE and YOU

Filed under: C#,VB.NET,Visual Studio @ 4:13 pm

Haven’t *you* always wanted to be a part of Visual Studio? Now you are!

Once you are logged in, Visual Studio displays your name in the upper right corner.


Click on your name to display information about you such as your email address and Team Foundation Service (TFS) connection information.



Click Account settings.. to View your User Information and Product Information.


From this dialog, you can access your Visual Studio profile by clicking "Visual Studio Profile" under User Information. The following Web page is then displayed:


The profile shown here displays "My Information", which is information about me. And "Accounts", which is information on my TFS accounts.

Click Edit Information to edit your profile:


From this dialog you can update your profile.

  • You can change your picture. Whatever picture you select here is displayed in Visual Studio. So you can look at a picture of yourself within Visual Studio every day. Or maybe you want to display a picture of your kids, or your cats.
  • You can update your name.
  • You can modify your email address.
  • Or change your region.
  • You can also select to get promotional offers.

When you are finished, click Save changes.

Even though your profile does not display much, there is actually more going on under the covers. Your Visual Studio profile synchronizes your Visual Studio settings across all of your devices.

After you have logged in on your desktop system, you can take the time to get your Visual Studio fonts and colors and keyboard mappings just how you like them. Then, when you log in on your laptop or other device using the same Id, your settings will synchronize. You don’t have to set them all again or export/import a settings file.

The settings can be synchronized on devices with Ultimate, Premium, or Professional editions of Visual Studio. You can also synchronize between Express editions. But you can’t sync between Express and non-Express editions.

You can define which settings will synchronize in Visual Studio using Tools | Options. Then select Synchronized Settings under Environment.


  • Appearance includes the Theme settings from the Environment | General option and all of the settings on the Environment | Fonts and Colors option.
  • Environment Alias includes user-defined command aliases.
  • Keyboard Shortcuts include all keyboard shortcuts as defined on the Environment | Keyboard option.
  • Startup includes all settings from the Environment | Startup option.
  • Text Editor includes all settings from the Text Editor options.

If there are any issues or conflicts in the synchronization process, you are notified in the Notifications window.

I would expect that we will see more features in the Visual Studio profile as time goes on.


For more information on the new Visual Studio 2013 features, check out my upcoming Pluralsight course: Mastering Visual Studio 2013.


  1.   Russell Archer — October 17, 2013 @ 4:55 pm    Reply

    Great article! Thanks for taking the time to document this new feature in Visual Studio 2013 🙂


  2.   Jack — October 19, 2013 @ 8:16 am    Reply

    This blog post reads tongue-in-cheek.

    I agree: What a useless feature. But presumably its valuable to MSFT if not to VS users.

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