Using Beyond Compare with visual studio

Beyond Compare is the best merge and compare tool I’ve ever had the pleasure of using but I have found the experience of integrating it with visual studio can depend greatly on using the right parameters.
Using a different merge/compare tool with visual studio is a fairly straight forward thing to do but if you’re using something like winmerge but beyond compare has a lot more bells and whistles to fiddle with. Below is my preferred setup.

How To:

Under Tools > Options > Source Control > Visual Studio Team Foundation Server



Select Configure User Tools. Add both Compare and Merge operations.



Beyond Compare
Compare:
   Tool: C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 3\BCompare.exe
   Arguments: %1 %2 /title1=%6 /title2=%7 /solo
Merge:
   Tool: C:\Program Files (x86)\Beyond Compare 3\BCompare.exe
   Arguments: %1 %2 %3 %4 /title1=%6 /title2=%7 /title3=%8 /title4=%9 /solo


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