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April 23, 2005, 08:22 AM

Hi there,

Just a small question today. Does anybody know whether it is possible to change the types of files that the VS 2003 .Net IDE accepts for syntax highlighting ?

The problem is that I have got a homebrewn scripting language in one of our projects that is quite similiar to C concerning syntax. Consequently, I'd like to use the VS IDE to edit those too, so I don't have to change the editor all the time. However, it seems like there is no way to toggle which file extensions VS uses for highlighting, so I can't seem to get my scripts highlit properly.

I have already read the documentation, tried changing around some of the project options and such, but haven't managed to do it yet.

Does anybody know a solution (or even if this is possible at all) ? Apart from changing the IDE, maybe ? ;o)

Thank you,

- Wernaeh

Erik Torstensson

April 23, 2005, 12:34 PM

Epic apparently has a way to make Visual Studio highlight UnrealScript source:

Perhaps looking at the .reg files there can help.


April 23, 2005, 01:26 PM

Ah thank you very much =)
Tinkering with the registry indeed helped, as did the provided UDN page.

For those who are interested, the solution is to create a subkey

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftVisualStudio7.1LanguagesFile Extensions.MyFileExtension]

in the registry, and then set

(Standard) = "{B2F072B0-ABC1-11D0-9D62-00C04FD9DFD9}"

(i.e. copy the (Standard) value of the desired, already existing file name key)

- Wernaeh


April 23, 2005, 02:03 PM

Ah, it's all about being user-friendly, isn't it ?
One couldn't have made it easier to add custom file extensions.
Quick, intuitive, easy-to-use. Thank you, M$.

Fabian 'ryg' Giesen

April 23, 2005, 04:20 PM

If you want easier config stuff, 30 seconds of searching at would have led you to the Visual Studio .NET 2003 Powertoys, and some seconds of reading later you would have stumbled across VSTweak:

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