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Allow C/C++ files with a non-standard extension

Follow these steps to make Visual Assist consider as C/C++ files with a non-standard extension.

Changes for Visual Assist

Exit all instances of Visual Studio before editing the registry.

If your extension denotes a header file, use regedit to add the extension to ExtHeader in the following location. Remember to include the dot and terminating semicolon:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software \ Whole Tomato \ Visual Assist X \ <IDE spec> \

If your extension denotes a source file that is not a header file, add the extension to ExtSource in the following location. Remember to include the dot and terminating semicolon:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Whole Tomato \ Visual Assist X \ <IDE spec> \

Press Rebuild on the Performance tab of the Visual Assist options dialog and restart your IDE.

Changes for Visual Studio

Make version-specific changes to your IDE as well:

Visual Studio 2010 or newer

Add your extension to:

Tools | Options | Text Editor | File Extension | Microsoft Visual C++

Also add your extension to:

Tools | Options | Projects and Solutions | VC++ Project Settings | Extensions To Include
 

Visual Studio 2008 and 2005

Add your extension to:

Tools | Options | Text Editor | File Extension | Microsoft Visual C++

Also add your extension to:

Tools | Options | Projects and Solutions | VC++ Project Settings | C/C++ File Extensions

Visual Studio 2003

Add your extension to:

Tools | Options | Projects | VC++ Build | C/C++ File Extensions

Exit the IDE and use regedit to clone the following entry to a like entry that ends in your extension:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\VisualStudio\7.1\Languages\File Extensions\.cpp

If you are using a 64-bit OS, then clone the registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\VisualStudio\7.1\Languages\File Extensions\.cpp

Clone means create a new key for your extension and copy the default .cpp key value to the key you created.

Visual Studio 2002

Add your extension to:

Tools | Options | Projects | VC++ Build | C/C++ File Extensions

Exit the IDE and use regedit to clone the following entry to a like entry that ends in your extension:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\VisualStudio\7.0\Languages\File Extensions\.cpp

If you are using a 64-bit OS, then clone the registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\VisualStudio\7.0\Languages\File Extensions\.cpp

Clone means create a new key for your extension and copy the default .cpp key value to the key you created.

Visual C++ 6.0

Exit your IDE and use regedit to add the extension to:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\DevStudio\6.0\Text Editor\Tabs/Language Settings\C/C++\FileExtensions.