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I want to move my Visual Studio Documents folder, $(VisualStudioDir), but Settings folder regenerates...

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  • I want to move my Visual Studio Documents folder by editing the value of macro $(VisualStudioDir)

    Visual Studio Documents folder installed to directory "c:\users\user\documents\visual studio 2015" [olddir].

    I want to move it to another directory [newdir].

    I have moved files of [olddir] to [newdir] and edited project properties so project, debug, release, etc output goes to [newdir].

    But subfolders "Settings" and "Backups" regenerate in [olddir].

    I want to change the value of macro $(VisualStudioDir) which directs this output.

    Tried Properties sheet Macro dialog - could not edit $(VisualStudioDir).

    Macro $(VisualStudioDir) must be written somewhere - where, and how do I edit it?

    I have Community edition.  Do I need a higher edition to edit macro $(VisualStudioDir) in the macro dialog?

    Aleph-1,

    Visual Studio 2015 Community edition on Windows 10 64-bit PC,

    miserably contained within a pesky dialog whilst in sight of the infinite

    Friday, May 06, 2016 6:52 AM

Answers

  • Hi,

    you shouln't change the makro. Instead you should do these steps:

    • Go to Tools -> Options: Projects and Solutions -> General and change the locations for projects and templates
    • Go to HKCU\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\14.0 and change the paths in there, too (That was DefaultNewProjItemLocation and VisualStudioLocation for me in my tests).

    That should do the trick. 

    With kind regards,

    Konrad

    Friday, May 06, 2016 8:48 AM
    Moderator

All replies

  • Hi,

    you shouln't change the makro. Instead you should do these steps:

    • Go to Tools -> Options: Projects and Solutions -> General and change the locations for projects and templates
    • Go to HKCU\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\14.0 and change the paths in there, too (That was DefaultNewProjItemLocation and VisualStudioLocation for me in my tests).

    That should do the trick. 

    With kind regards,

    Konrad

    Friday, May 06, 2016 8:48 AM
    Moderator
  • Konrad,

    I missed your response until now - thanks for answering.

    I have to think about this carefully first.

    Richard Davey

    Thursday, June 02, 2016 3:14 AM