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Tip 4.39: You can switch and swap buttons on the toolbars while the Tools–Customize dialog box is showing

November 18, 2012

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

Sara Ford’s Blog

Sara Aside

This is one of her classic moments where she shouted, “Whoa, she never knew this!”

Go to the Tools–Customize dialog box. Note that this is a semi-modal dialog box (her made-up term, although there’s probably a real term for it somewhere). A modal dialog box is where you can click only inside the dialog box. But some dialog boxes are modeless, where you can click outside the dialog box and focus remains outside. She calls the Tools–Customize dialog box semi-modal because you can interact only with the toolbar.

Work with her here. Take your mouse and try to click and drag a button on any toolbar around here, there, and everywhere. Trust her, it will work, even if the Customize dialog box is open. Crazy, huh?

Note that you can even duplicate items by doing a Ctrl+Drag. The duplicate item can even live on a different toolbar!

*This tip is deprecated in Visual Studio 2012

Happy Programming! =)

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