We want to make Help all you need

Jason Chlus

On the Visual Studio team, we aspire to deliver higher satisfaction across all areas of Visual Studio with greater awareness, connectivity, and productivity. With this in mind, we’ve been investigating the age-old “Help Menu”. This is just the start of a series of experiments we’re trying, and we want your (ahem) help to improve it. This change aims to connect you to resources that will better unlock Visual Studiodocs, getting started material, our social media, Developer Community, and your subscription information. 

The new help menu in Visual Studio 2019 version16.11 (Download Here) 

Before vs After

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As you can see, we have added lots of resources. Here is a list of how you can connect with the Visual Studio team: 

  • We want to hear from you! Use Send Feedback to let us know what features you want to see! 
  • Join Us on Social Media to connect with the Visual Studio team and chat! 

We also added resources to help you get started with Visual Studio. We think that this will also help existing Visual Studio users learn some new tricks: 

  • Watch the Tips and Tricks videos on how to take your Visual Studio skills to the next level. 
  • Get Started with helpful videos and trainings to bring you up to speed on how to master Visual Studio. 
  • Utilize the Keyboard Shortcut Reference documentation page to figure out what keyboard shortcuts are essential to you and learn some new ones too! 
  • Do not miss new features that can impact your workflow by staying up to date with Release Notes. 
  • Get excited about what is coming to Visual Studio with the Roadmap and learn how you can be a part of that plan! 

Lastly, I want to emphasize the My Subscription flyout. Most users who’ve purchased Visual Studio Professional or Enterprise (or have had it purchased by their organization) have a Visual Studio subscription. If you have a Visual Studio subscription you may not know about the broad collection of additional benefits that are included! This menu item will give you access to: 

  • The subscriber portal to start using all of the subscription benefits included for free with your subscription. Offers change based on your subscription type, but here are a couple examples of what you might be missing out on: 
    • Up to 6 months of Pluralsight courses where you can find hundreds of courses around C#, ASP.NET, Azure, Angular, React, and more. 
  • Product Keys to assist with offline installs, and to unlock all the products you require. 

I’d encourage you to visit the Subscriber portal on a regular basis to stay up to date with your Visual Studio subscription. If you don’t have a Visual Studio subscription, check out our free Dev Essentials program. 

We would like to thank everyone who provided feedback on Developer Community and Twitter for helping us design these improvements. 

We’re planning more experiments on helping you find useful resources. We look forward to learning from you what you want to see in the product. If you have a suggestion, please leave your comments on this Developer Community Ticket. We look forward to hearing from you and learning more!