Missing Start Page in Visual Studio 2019? This extension opens the Start Page when Visual Studio 2019 starts and whenever solution is closed, including the Developer News.
As long as the extension is enabled, the Start Page will open. To disable the Start Window as well, configure Visual Studio to open empty environment on startup (Tools > Options > Environment > Startup).
This is the built-in Start Page, the same that was in Visual Studio 2017. The extension simply executes the show start page command and therefore is subject to removal in future versions. Vote for bringing Start Page back at Developer Community!
The Developer News feed is supposed to work when using this extension and there is no longer any UI in the Visual Studio to disable it. Please note that there are privacy implications when using the feed (requests made to the server, Visual Studio telemetry, etc.) so if you are not happy about that, this extension might not be the right one for you.
How does the downloading work?
The extension instructs the built-in Start Page to refresh the feed. The extension itself does not try to download anything.
How often is the feed refreshed?
The feed is refreshed only once, every time a new Visual Studio instance is started (i.e. when the extension is initialized).
If you are having troubles with downloading the feed, the first thing to try is to start Visual Studio while having Fiddler running. You should see two requests by
If the feed URL returns 304 (not modified) but you still don't see any entries, try to clean the IE cache.
Where does the initial URL come from?
There are several places where the Visual Studio tries to get the URL from. If your URL does not work, the first place to check is the
If you don't have that, try setting the
As a last resort, you can try setting the
Alternative ways to the Start Page
Note: The below works only in Visual Studio 16.0 and 16.1, it has been removed in 16.2 Preview 1:
You can add it back to the File menu or any toolbar using Tools > Customize > Commands > Add Command > File > Start Page (don't get fooled by it being already there and add it again):
You can also assign a keyboard shortcut to it under Tools > Options > Environment > Keyboard, search for startpage, or use Command Window (View > Other Windows > Command Window) and execute
However, this one itself won't get you the developer news.