Can't edit .JS files in VS2008

I realize this might not be the correct forum for this issue, but I've googled for a couple of days now without finding anything remotely resembling an answer, and you guys seem to know VS2008, so here goes...

If I try to open a .JS file in VS2008, a tab is created showing the file, but the "edit" section of the window (where I'd expect to see my source) doesn't update, i e it shows the contents of the tab I had open last. I can type stuff, but nothing happens, however, if I save the file, close the tab and rename the file to something else, like .JSC, it opens just fine, showing me the contents I typed in blindly.

I'm using VS2008 v9.0.30729.1 SP1 on a swedish XP Pro SP2, tried restarting VS2008, rebooting etc, nothing helps.

One workaround for me is to enclose the javascript in HTML "<script>" tags and renaming the file .htm and include it that way, but that's... ugly and ...wrong.

 If anyone could shed any light on why this happens (or even solve it), I'd be really grateful.


Kind regards,


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If you right-click on the JS file in solution explorer and select Open With, what editor is specified as the default?

C# <---> VB.Net Translator
4/27/2009 10:54:33 AM

Thanks for your reply! The default setting for .JS files is "Script Editor". Interestingly, when I right-click other files and do "Open With...", the script editor just isn't there in the list of available programs. Isn't that... er... interesting?

While I can edit the file if I open the file as source code, VS2008 isn't color-marking/intellisensing the code, which is a major drawback, probably stemming from VS2008 simply not recognizing it as Javascript code...

 Any idea on a workaround or even solution for that?



4/27/2009 11:40:12 AM

So when you do Open With, and select Script Editor and click OK, does the file open correctly, or do you still get the same problem as before?

C# <---> VB.Net Translator
4/27/2009 12:34:28 PM

Exactly the same thing; the tab appears, but the edit window doesn't update, it's still showing the content of the previous tab. I can even jump between tabs, and all the other tabs (containing .ASP files in my case) update fine, but when I choose the .JS file, I see the contents of the previous tab.

Perhaps it's just the script editor that's gone "boom"? Is there a way to make the source code editor recognize Javascript and do all the perty coloring and intellisense that I'm after?



4/27/2009 12:47:50 PM

Back again. I've used the "repair" option from the VS2008 DVD, and that didn't make a difference either. So I guess I'm the only one with this problem? Can everyone else actually open and edit a .JS file (doesn't matter if it's imported into the project or created inside VS) in VS2008?



4/30/2009 6:20:42 AM

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