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Custom File Extensions

You can configure Visual Assist to accommodate non-standard file extensions. Specifically, you can make Visual Assist:

  • ignore files of any extension (standard or otherwise)
  • allow header files without extensions
  • allow C/C++ files with a non-standard extension

Ignore File Extensions

Ignore files with a specific extension by identifying the extension in the options dialog for Visual Assist. Separate multiple extensions with semicolons.

If you have a text editor open to a file you want Visual Assist to ignore, reopen the file after updating the options dialog.

Allow Header Files Without Extensions

Make Visual Assist consider files without extensions to be C/C++ header files by enabling the parsing of files-without-headers in the options dialog for Visual Assist.

You should also make the IDE to consider the same by mapping extension-less files to Visual C++ in the options dialog for the IDE.

Allow C/C++ Files with a Non-Standard Extension

The process of configuring Visual Assist and the IDE to support non-standard extensions varies by IDE and requires updating of the registry. The steps are documented in the Knowledge Base for Visual Assist.

Registry Settings

Value Name Meaning
ExtHeader, ExtSource Allow C/C++ with a different extension
ExtXml, ExtJS, ExtAsp, ExtResource, etc. Specify additional extensions for non-C/C++ languages
RestrictVaToPrimaryFileTypes Enable Visual Assist in non-C/C++ language files