Custom New Class Template
Visual C#

The Incorrect Way

When you add a new class in Visual C#, it is filled with a template.  You can change this.


Step 1.

Go to this folder (for VS2019):

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\2019\Community\Common7\IDE\ItemTemplates\CSharp\Code\1033\Class


Step 2.

Edit this file in Admin mode (so that you can save it):


Use the variables within this template to your liking.


// Your Name
// Month Day, Year

using Microsoft.Xna.Framework;
using Microsoft.Xna.Framework.Content;
using Microsoft.Xna.Framework.Graphics;
using System;
using System.Diagnostics;

namespace $rootnamespace$
    public class $safeitemrootname$
        // ---- data members

        // ---- properties

        // ---- methods

        public $safeitemrootname$

        public Update()

        public Draw()

    } // class $safeitemrootname$
} // namespace $rootnamespace$

See what I did there?

At the end of the file, when you are editing a function at the very end, it’s annoying to see three } at the end, and I often add comments like this.  It’s very neat to have this added automatically.

It’s also cool to automatically have the proper includes, and default constructor, along with common functions you almost always make.  Deleting extra code is easier than writing it every time.

Though, to be honest, these days, I leave things alone, since I have a new mantra:

Always Type the Code.



Make sure you save a copy of this as some Visual Studio updates will overwrite your changes.

Thus, you should use…


The Correct Way

I opened a bug against Visual Studio describing the data loss, and they directed me to the correct way to do this.


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