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Tip 4.5: How to close just the selected files you want

May 20, 2011

“Visual Studio Tips, 251 ways to improve your Productivity in Visual Studio” courtesy of ‘Sara Ford’

Sara Ford’s Blog

Okay, this is not one of Sara’s better “Tip of the Day” titles, but it’s her way of introducing the Window Windows dialog box. It is such a simple dialog box, but for some reason she loved testing it. Maybe it was because it didn’t have that many (if any) automated test-case failures to analyze.

You can bring up the Window Windows dialog box by choosing Windows from the Window menu.

Window Windows Dialog Box

There are several things you can do with this dialog box:

  • Select which files you want to close, in case the Close All But This command doesn’t meet your needs. That’s Sara’s best tip on why and when to use this dialog box.
  • Select which file to activate; but there are numerous faster ways to do this.
  • Select which files you want to save; but then again you would most likely use Save All.

When you’re working in MDI mode, you get an additional two buttons: Tile Horizontally and Tile Vertically.

See Tip 4.12 for more information.

Sara strongly recommends using Window Windows for navigation if you are using any sort of accessibility options or assistive technology (for example, screen readers, screen magnifiers). Window Windows provides an easy and quick way to navigate among and close files.

Happy Programming!

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