Microsoft MVP Summit Checklist

Microsoft MVP Global Summit

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!

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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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Count Twitter Lists You’re A Member Of

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Twitter makes it easy for you to see how many lists you are Subscribed To. However, finding out how many users have added you to a Twitter list is trickier.

Here are two methods for finding out how many Twitter lists you are a member of.

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Windows 10 Startup Folder

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I was recently looking for the Startup folder in Windows 10 and it was not where I thought it was. (As a reminder: The Startup folder contains application shortcuts that automatically launch when Windows starts.)

Since everything changed after Windows 7, the Startup folder is now in a new locale. Rather than hunt around for it using Windows File Explorer, I found this quick tip using the shell: command for finding the Windows 10 Startup folder.

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PDF versions of docs.microsoft.com

I was recently looking through docs.microsoft.com when I saw a button link I had never noticed: Download PDF.

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I clicked the link thinking it would only give me the single article. However, it gave me a copy of all the articles within the category. For example, clicking Download PDF at the link for Azure App Service Documentation created the following PDF file with 546 pages in it:

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List Installed Programs on Windows 10

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Here is a simple trick to list all of the installed programs on your Windows 10 computer. Read more of this post

Column Mode Editing in Notepad++

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Notepad++ is the text editor of choice for a lot of software developers who work with Windows. When developing with text files you may need to massage the text within them, This can be true if you are using them for testing. You may need to edit multiple columns to add, edit, or remove text. This is where Column Mode Editing comes into play.

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Notepad++ is a text and source code editor that runs on Windows. It is a free product that is supported by the open source community. It supports multiple programming languages including HTML, JSON, and XML.

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