Visual Studio Code: Multi-line and multi-cursor editing

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A few months back I wrote a blog post about Column Mode Editing in Notepad++. In the article, I demonstrate how to edit multiple columns of text to add, edit, or remove information. After I wrote this I wondered if we could edit multiple lines at once in Visual Studio Code. It turns out we can and there are two different ways to do it.

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Microsoft Canada Events Site

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Microsoft Canada recently created a central page to merge all partner and community events in Canada so you can see local events happening in your area.

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Microsoft Writing Style Guide: A new guide for technical communication

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For technical writers and technical communicators, the Microsoft Manual of Style has been one of the main resources of style guidelines for writing about computers and technology. It was an essential manual for content developers, creators, journalists, communicators, and editors. After the 4th Edition was published in 2012, I thought for sure Microsoft would continue to release paper versions of this essential book.

In February 2018, Microsoft took the radical approach of publishing the next version of the guide as a free, web-based resource. Now branded the Microsoft Writing Style Guide, it brings Microsoft writing guidelines “up-to-date for 2018 and is an evolution of the Microsoft Manual of Style from 2012. The principles and guidelines in the guide are the same as those used by internal Microsoft writers, which allows consistent quality and style across all apps and content.”

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How to check if Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is installed

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The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update came out in Fall 2017 and already 85% of PCs have it installed. This release, version 1709, has lots of new features and updates. So, how do you know if it’s installed or not on your computer? This article shows you two methods to verify if the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is installed.

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Microsoft MVP Summit Checklist

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In March 2018, I will be heading to my third Microsoft MVP Global Summit. Just like in past years, MVPs from around the world converge on Bellevue, Redmond, and Seattle, Washington for several days of technical sessions and camaraderie on the Microsoft campus.

While the majority of MVPs attending are returnees, a good portion is new to the experience. While I am no expert at attending Summit, I have learned a few things along the way and have also picked up some travel tips. So, I thought I would share this information with all who could benefit from it.

However, instead of having a static list live just on this blog, I have posted the general checklist to GitHub as a Markdown file in its own repository. This way MVPs can print it, fork it, or contribute their ideas back via pull requests.

You can find the list at this repo: MVP Summit Checklist + Tips

I encourage everyone to check it out and submit their ideas. There are people who have been travelling to MVP Summit longer than me and I know there are some great suggestions out there. So, let’s hear them!

Windows Developer Day: March 7, 2018

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On Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 9:00 AM PST Microsoft will host another Windows Developer Day live stream featuring a keynote speech from Kevin Gallo, Vice President of the Windows Developer Platform.

Gallo and the Windows engineering team will discuss upcoming features and improvements with the next Windows 10 update.

Although the agenda has not been set, the event will focus on two key areas:

  • Building for the modern workplace
  • Making your applications part of the intelligent edge

RSVP for the Windows Developer Day live stream Windows Developer Day today! By registering, you will also be notified when the next Windows SDK is available.

Clearing the Microsoft Web Platform Installer cache

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If you are like me and have been using Visual Studio for a while, you have probably used the Microsoft Web Platform Installer (Web PI) in the past. Yet, with Visual Studio Code providing a more streamlined development experience, the Web Platform Installer has slowly taken a back seat.

If you used the Web PI a lot, you may be surprised to learn it caches the installer (.msi) files on your system and leaves them there taking up hard drive disk space.

This article shows you how to remove these files from the local folder cache.

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