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How can I get a Compare operation in TFS to ignore whitespace?

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I'd like to set an option in TFS so that when I compare files, differences in whitespace are ignored.
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by:AndyAinscow
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http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/6fd7dc73%28v=vs.80%29.aspx

Use the /ignorespace option:
/ignorespace     Does not highlight white-space differences between the compared files.
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by:jobrems
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where do I use that?
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Here is how you use it
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/6fd7dc73%28v=vs.80%29.aspx

ps.  The link is the same one as my earlier comment.
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by:jobrems
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what I am looking for is a way to configure the Compare facility in TFS so that all compares are done ignoreWhitespace. In Visual SourceSafe, if you recall, there was a checkbox that could be selected which configured VSS to compare in this way. Is there no such option in TFS? It is not very convenient to have to run a command line everytime I want to diff files.
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I resolved my own question: install a file comparison program on your machine (such as Beyond Compare or ExamDiff). Integrate the program into Visual Studio by following these steps:
Tools > Options > Source Control > Visual Studio Team Foundation Server;
press the Configure User Tools... button.
For Extension, enter .*; for Operation, choose Compare;
for Command, enter path of executable (e.g., C:\Program Files\Beyond Compare 3\BComp.exe);
for Arguments, enter %1 %2 /lefttitle=%6 /righttitle=%7  /nobackups.

With these programs, it is easily possible to specify ignore whitespace (and many other options).
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by:jobrems
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please close this question and leave info in KnowledgeBase
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by:jobrems
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I never got the answer I was looking for. So , I found a way to do it myself.
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