In this article the first instruction is

On every site, run drush vd to turn the Views settings to the advanced mode.

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Advanced mode means

Set the Views settings to more developer-oriented values.

You can check the definition of this in views module Drush folder views.drush.inc file.

  $items['views-dev'] = array(
    'callback' => 'views_development_settings',
    'drupal dependencies' => array('views'),
    'description' => 'Set the Views settings to more developer-oriented values.',
    'aliases' => array('vd'),

Once drush vd command is executed following variables are set.

  variable_set('views_ui_show_listing_filters', TRUE);
  variable_set('views_ui_show_master_display', TRUE);
  variable_set('views_ui_show_advanced_column', TRUE);
  variable_set('views_ui_always_live_preview', FALSE);
  variable_set('views_ui_always_live_preview_button', TRUE);
  variable_set('views_ui_show_preview_information', TRUE);
  variable_set('views_ui_show_sql_query', TRUE);
  variable_set('views_ui_show_performance_statistics', TRUE);
  variable_set('views_show_additional_queries', TRUE);
  variable_set('views_devel_output', TRUE);
  variable_set('views_devel_region', 'message');
  variable_set('views_ui_display_embed', TRUE);
  $message = dt("Setup the new views settings.");
  drush_log($message, 'success');

You can do it with out using drush command too by navigating to "admin/structure/views/settings"

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