Visual Studio 2010 express-- no 80 column guide - by AMDZealot

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ID 594696 Comments
Status Closed Workarounds
Type Suggestion Repros 0
Opened 9/3/2010 7:16:43 PM
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Lack of 80 column guide line.

Here's the deal:  I do not like visual studio, I do not like having my C++ code transformed into a DotNet-dependent executable, I do not like Microsoft marking perfectly good libraries 'deprecated' in order to fool the unwary into writing dot-net-specific code, and I do not particularly like Microsoft.

I am using Visual Studio Express 2010 because its free, and seems to be somewhat standard industry wide.  I have used free C++ IDEs before, Code::Blocks extensively, but I'm pretty much done with learning command line stuff, and want to move up to windows and/or directx programming.

Lack of an 80 column guideline horrifies me.

Maybe this might not seem like an important feature to someone somewhere, but the reality is there needs to be a limit to how long lines are, and 80 columns, in addition to being a still reasonable limit, has been the industry standard for a few decades.

So at first I thought "Ok, maybe they want to save the good stuff for the non-free version"... as if a guideline is a "premium" feature, and not the most basic of the basic features..... but turns out the professional version doesn't have this feature either.....  WTF?!  Seriously?

EDIT:  have found numerous blogs listing registry hacks to add a guideline.  Couldn't get them to work.
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Posted by Microsoft on 12/28/2010 at 10:13 AM
Hi AMDZealot,

As beege1 points out, guidelines are available for VS2010 Professional and above via the Productivity Power Tools. Please refer to this thread for more details:

Thank you for your support and interest in our product. We sincerely appreciate your continued feedback.

Tim Gerken -
Senior Test Lead
Microsoft Visual Studio - C++ IDE, Project and Build Team
Posted by beege1 on 10/16/2010 at 1:57 PM
This looks like a duplicate of

There's a solution there it appears for the pro version, us express folks are still out of luck.
Posted by Microsoft on 9/4/2010 at 2:41 AM
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