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Tip 7.31: You can do multicolumn sorting (secondary sort, and so forth) in both the Error List and the Task List

March 3, 2013

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

Sara Ford’s Blog

Both the Error List and the Task List have support for multicolumn sorting, such as secondary sort and tertiary sort.

For example, suppose you want to sort all tasks (or errors) by file first and then by line number so that you can go through each file in the order in which the tasks (or errors) appear.

To do a secondary sort, follow these steps:

  1. Click the column that you want to have as the primary sort (such as File).
  2. Shift+Click on the column you want to have as a secondary sort (such as Line number).
  3. Rinse and repeat for other columns.

For the Error List, you can see how things are sorted first by File and then by Line number.

Happy Programming! =)

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