Options, Text Editor, C/C++, Formatting

Use these property pages to change the default behavior of the code editor when you are programming in C or C++.

C++ Formatting property pages

To access this page, in the Options dialog box, in the left pane, expand Text Editor, expand C/C++, and then click Formatting.


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General Page

This page has options for formatting statements and blocks as you type them.

The page also has options for configuring support for ClangFormat version 5.0. ClangFormat is a utility that makes it easy to style and format your code based on a set of rules that can be configured in a .clang-format or _clang-format file.

Configuring ClangFormat options

ClangFormat support is enabled by default. You can choose which of these common formatting conventions to apply to all your projects: LLVM, Google, Chromium, Mozilla, or WebKit. You can also create a custom format definition .clang-format or _clang-format file. If such a file is present in a project folder, Visual Studio uses it to format all source code files in that folder and its subfolders.

By default, Visual Studio runs clang-format.exe in the background and applies formatting as you type. You can also specify to run it only for manually invoked formatting commands Format Document (Ctrl+K, Ctrl+D) or Format Selection (Ctrl + K, Ctrl + F).

Indentation, New Lines, Spacing, Wrapping pages

These pages enable various formatting customizations but are ignored if ClangFormat is enabled.

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