Tip #104: Did you know … How to view text for the ‘hint’ buttons on the Publish Web Dialog?

After the Beta 2 release of Visual Studio 2010, the Publish Web Dialog was modified to include two information buttons associated with the Service URL and Site/application text boxes.  (See Figure 1)

Figure 1 – New information (‘hint’) buttons (see circled question marks)

There are two keys to remember when trying to view the ‘help’ text associated with these buttons:

  • Patience
  • Hover – don’t click

In order to reveal the valuable information that these help icons can unlock, simply move your mouse to hover over them and then be patient for a second (i.e. quite moving your mouse around and don’t click them).  Presto, the help text will then appear.  (See Figure 2 and Figure 3)

Figure 2 – Information text associated with Service URL


Figure 3 – Information text associated with Site/application

Hope this helps in your publishing endeavors.

- Nichole Baker |Visual Web Developer Team

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