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By Ted Krapf on 6/11/2019 2:35 PM
So this one drove me nuts.  It seems soooo simple.

I have a Visual Studio 2017 solution with a Window Service Project and a Installer Project.  For the life of me, I could not figure out where to update the specific properties that would allow the installer to:

Name the application correctly (if a friendly name) Specify other text values like Author, Description, Manufacturer, Title, ProductName, etc. Add in a custom icon for Add/Remove Programs I googled around, read numerous posts, and everyone kept referring to the Properties pane for the Installer Project.  But every time I right-clicked (or ALT+ENTER) on the Installer Project and selected Properties, none of the properties I was looking for were there.  I was stumped!

Then I saw someone suggest to highlight the Installer Project in Solution Explorer and then tap F4.  My God, it was so simple.  

In short, to bring up the actual properties editor for a Visual Studio Installer Project...
By Ted Krapf on 3/29/2017 2:15 PM
Greetings fellow coders!

I've had this super annoying recurring issue with Visual Studio (2010, 2013, not sure about 2017 yet as I haven't started using it on a daily basis yet), the DBML visualizer, and Windows 10 --- the DBML visualizer is just dog slow and frustrating to work with.

After some snooping around and looking through task manager, I realized that tabtip.exe was interfering with Visual Studio's DBML editor.

To test out my theory, I simply killed tabtip.exe from Task Manager.  The second it was turned off, the DBML visualizer was buttery smooth again.

tabtip.exe is the Windows Service for Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service.  Since I don't use a touch screen or the handwriting service, I opted to just permanently disabled it.  To do this, simply:

Click: Start Type: services.msc Press: Enter Scroll down to: Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service Right Click: select Properties Change the Startup Type to: Disabled...