July 1, 2010 1:25 PM
by Ed Blankenship
Usually before checking in to TFS Version Control, I will navigate to the pending changes window and compare/diff with the latest version to see what changes I have made. It’s a good habit to go through just to make sure you aren’t checking anything in that you don’t intend to be committed.
I’ve just been doing it the long way every time by choosing the option from the context menu.
A client asked if there was a quicker way and I ended up finding out that there are two undocumented features to diff the files in the pending changes window:
Updated – (7/1/2010 11:45 AM)
You can use a registry key to even swap the view/diff behavior in the Pending Changes tool window. Setting this registry key will make double-click/enter run compare, and shift+double-click/enter view the file.
How about that?
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Hi! I am Ed Blankenship and a Product Manager at Microsoft for Visual Studio Online, Team Foundation Server, and the Application Lifecycle Management family of tools. I am an author of a few books, former Microsoft MVP of the Year, and a former ALM consultant.
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