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Category: Tools and Productivity

These posts are about tools that can help you be more productive, and tips and tricks that can help you work more efficiently. I especially love Notepad++ and the Redgate products :)

Free Personal Source Control with Visual Studio and Git

Free Personal Source Control with Visual Studio and GitDo you work on projects in Visual Studio? Are you looking for a free and simple way to source control your projects without sharing them with the whole world? Would you like to be able to manage your projects online and still be able to work on your projects offline? If so, you may want to look into using Visual Studio and Git.

As a speaker and blogger, I create projects for demos, videos and screenshots. When I only had a few projects it worked quite well to “source control” my projects: I kept them in a OneDrive folder, created copies of demo code for new presentations and maintained versions manually.

However, the projects grew in number and size and became more difficult to maintain. There were no easy ways to track how I changed and improved my code over time, and I couldn’t revert to previous code. I kept telling everyone else to use source control, so I decided it was finally time to source control my personal projects.

In this post I will show you how I added my first project to source control with Visual Studio and Git.

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Notepad++ Multi-Editing Text

This post is part 4 of 5 in the series Notepad++ Tips and Tricks
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You can use Notepad++ to quickly insert, edit, or delete text in multiple locations in one file – at the same time! All you have to do is enable Multi-Editing, and then hold CTRL while you click or select text. This is a fast and easy way to edit parts of your document in just a few seconds.

Animation showing Multi-Editing in Notepad++
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Redgate SQL Prompt 6.5 Tab History

Redgate SQL PromptHello, my name is Cathrine, and I am a tab hoarder :) I always have lots of tabs open in SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) connected to different environments. I have written about how Redgate SQL Prompt Tab Coloring makes it easy to find the right tab(s) based on the tab color, but that is not the only tab feature that saves me a lot of time.

Redgate SQL Prompt Tab History is amazing! It allows you to view and reopen closed tabs, even those unnamed and unsaved tabs with ad-hoc queries that you thought you would never need again. It also allows you to quickly navigate and search through closed and open tabs.

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Notepad++ Column Editing

This post is part 3 of 5 in the series Notepad++ Tips and Tricks
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Spoiler alert! Column editing is super simple in Notepad++ :) All you have to do is press the Alt key while selecting text. You can use either Alt+Mouse Dragging or Alt+Shift+Arrows. This works perfectly on text that is already aligned. But what if your text is not formatted as columns already? You can quickly fix that by using the TextFX plugin.

Animation showing column editing in Notepad++
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