The Hanging XAML Editor

I think enough was said about the XAML editor in all VS version to date (including 2012).

Here is “a Life changing XAML tip for Visual Studio” a friend sent me to keep the XAML editor fast as a lightning.

From Fabrice’s weblog:

use the “Source Code (Text) Editor”. It doesn’t seem obvious based on its name, but this editor provides XAML IntelliSense, XML collapsing, and the XAML context menu.
To use this, it’s quite simple:

  1. Right-click on a XAML file in the Solution Explorer
  2. Select “Open With…”
  3. Select “Source Code (Text) Editor”
  4. Click on “Set as Default”
  5. Click OK
  6. You’re done!
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    The cherry on the cake: If you want to use the default XAML editor (with its split view, navigator, etc.), you just have to select “View Designer” in the text editor’s context menu or use SHIFT+F7.