- in .sln file replace “Format Version 11.00” to “Format Version 10.00“
- in .sln file replace “# Visual Studio 2010” to “# Visual Studio 2008“
- in .csproj replace “ToolsVersion=”4.0”” to “ToolsVersion=”3.5”“
- in .csproj replace “v10.0” to “v9.0“
Visual Studio has some serious bloat to it right out of the box. Tack on a few extensions, ReSharper and any number of other add-ons and your machine can be pretty taxed while running Visual Studio. Additionally, context menus and tool bars can expand to the point where it becomes detrimental to productivity. What I’ve noticed is that a lot of people do not realize how customizable the IDE really is. Here are a few things you can do to cut bloat and customize the IDE to meet your needs.