The Create GUID menu item is back

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The Visual Studio 2005 launch improved so many things from older versions – some big and some small.

Yet somehow it is always the small things you remember. The 2005 release is superior in almost any aspect except one – it is missing the “Create GUID” menu item. The older versions had it and even though it is not the most widely used feature, it is something I’ve been missing many times.

Even my boss got so annoyed that he built a console application and put it in C:WindowsSystem32 in order to access it easily through Start -> Run. Later we learned about this wonderful website www.newguid.com but we already had the console application, so that was a little too late. As you can see, this feature has been greatly missed.

Microsoft realized they were on thin ice by removing the feature, so they made a wise decision in Service Pack 1 for Visual Studio 2005. Can you guess what it is?

They brought it back!

And not only is it back, it is also a little bit better. A GUID is a GUID is a GUID, I know, but somehow it just feels better. I would like to thank Microsoft for putting the feature back in Visual Studio, but that would be like thanking the dry cleaners for returning your pants a year too late.

You can find it in the menu under Tools -> Create GUID, just like in the old times.



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Mads Kristensen currently works as a Senior Developer at Traceworks located
in Copenhagen, Denmark. Mads graduated from Copenhagen Technical Academy with a multimedia degree in
2003, but has been a professional developer since 2000. His main focus is on ASP.NET but is responsible for Winforms, Windows- and
web services in his daily work as well. A true .NET developer with great passion for the simple solution.


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