As you know my daily work is highly depending on Visual Studio Team Foundation Services, so when last week VS 2017 was released, I immediately installed it and continued my work as before. It's one of those great things of VS: I high up- and downward compatibility. It makes me smile.

Nevertheless there are always a couple of things that I need to reinstall to have my setup the way I want it. Among them:

  • Make Araxis the default compare tool. You might recall of wrote a small post on this, primarily to remind myself.
  • Add Diff All Files plug-in. Great tool, waiting eagerly for the 2017 version. But deadlydog is a fast one to get it update.
  • Add the VS Command Prompt, the topic of this post. Also a reminder fro myself.

Add VS Command Prompt

For this I lately used Steve Fenton's post Add Visual Studio Command Prompt To Visual Studio 2015. Straight forward to implement. However for 2017 it needs some tweaking with respect to the argument:

  1. Open VS 2017
  2. Go to Tools > External Tools…
  3. Click Add and enter the following information into the new tool screen

    Field Value
    Title VS Command Prompt
    Command: C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe
    Arguments: /k “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\2017\Enterprise\Common7\Tools\VsDevCmd.bat”
    Initial Directory: $(SolutionDir)
  4. Save your changes (and re-order your tools to suit your preferences).

The VS Command Prompt will now be available in: Tools > VS Command Prompt