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VA Snippet Editor for VS2008 and Older

Visual Assist installs with two VA Snippet editors, the older of which is available in Visual Studio 2008 and older IDEs. You can use the editor to create, modify, and delete VA Snippets.

Changes are automatically saved when you exit the editor via the OK button.


Explore the ways you can reach the VA Snippet editor, and which editor you should use.


Visual Assist maintains separate VA Snippets for separate programming languages. All VA Snippets can be accessed when the editor is open.

Each time you open the VA Snippet editor, be sure you are in the context of the programming language you expect. It is easy to create or modify a VA Snippet for the wrong programming language. 

When opening the VA Snippet editor from the context menu of the text editor, the context in the editor is set to the programming language of the active document.

You must recreate, or duplicate and drag-and-drop, VA Snippets you want to use in multiple languages.


The first four buttons in the toolbar of the editor operate on the level of VA Snippet, and are operative only when focus is in the tree. The last button, Insert Reserved String, is operative only when focus is in the code field.

Toolbar buttons are available for:

  • New, to create an empty VA Snippet
  • Save, to save changes since the last save or open
  • Duplicate, to make a copy of the current VA Snippet
  • Delete, to remove the current VA Snippet
  • Insert Reserved String, to open a menu of reserved strings if focus is the Code field of the current VA Snippet

Drag and Drop

Although order has no impact on use, you can rearrange VA Snippets by dragging and dropping them in the editor.

As in the following example, you can drop a VA Snippet to move it below a highlighted one.

You can drag VA Snippets to move them from one programming language to another.

There is no way to automatically sort VA Snippets.

Modified Flag

VA Snippets that have been modified since the editor was opened appear red.

Refactoring Titles

The titles of the VA Snippets required by the refactoring and code-generation commands of Visual Assist begin with "Refactoring". Visual Assist finds these VA Snippets by title. You may change the code associated with these VA Snippets, but do not change their titles. If you change a title, Visual Assist will recreate the respective default.

You may drag-and-drop the refactoring VA Snippets without effect.

You may create a new VA Snippet with "Refactoring" in the title, but its presence will not extend the refactoring capabilities of Visual Assist.

SuggestionsForType Titles

The titles of the VA Snippets used by the Smart Suggestions feature of Visual Assist begin with "SuggestionForType". Visual Assist finds these VA Snippets by title. You may change the initial values—the "code"—associated with each entry, but a change in title may render the VA Snippet inoperative.

Context Menus

Custom context menus are available in the tree

and in the code field.