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Tip 4.1: You can use Ctrl+Alt+Down Arrow to drop down the file tab channel file menu

March 6, 2014

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

Sara Ford’s Blog

A fellow program manager and she were trying to out “Did you know…” each other about Visual Studio the other day in her office. She won with this one:

On the file tab channel, all the way to the right side, there’s an inverted triangle (that is, a drop-down arrow) that, when pressed, invokes the File menu drop-down list.

There are two “Did you know…” points here:

  • You can press Ctrl+Alt+Down Arrow to show the File menu drop-down list This keyboard shortcut is bound to the global scope, meaning you can press this chord anywhere in the IDE and get the File menu drop-down list to appear. The command is Window.ShowEzMDIFileList. In case you are curious, EzMDI stands for Easy MDI, representing the default tabbed document view rather than the multiple documents view, or MDI (multiple document interface).
  • The File menu drop-down list supports type-ahead selection If you have a lot of files listed, you can type the name of the file, and when there’s an exact match (meaning there isn’t a conflict), the focus will jump to that file in the list, allowing you to hit Enter to open it.

Happy Programming! =)

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