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Tip 4.13: You can choose from nine IDE tool window docking targets

February 14, 2012

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

Sara Ford’s Blog

When a tool window is in a dockable state, a set of docking targets appears when you move a tool window to a specific location, such as hovering it over another tool window.

But did you know that there are nine IDE docking targets? These docking targets allow you to pin tool windows to the inner and outer parts of the IDE itself.

Docking target 1 puts a tool window into a tabbed document state, docking target 3 docks a tool window to the inner right edge, and docking target 7 docks a tool window to the outer right edge.

If there’s no tool window docked on the right, targets 7 and 3 seem to be the same. But if you dock tool window A using target 7 and then dock tool window B using target 3, you get tool window A on the outside and tool window B docked to the left side of tool window A.

You have no idea how crazy it was to test all of these combinations! But she loved it nonetheless.

Happy Programming! =)

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