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Tip 4.11: How to enter MDI mode

March 16, 2014

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

Sara Ford’s Blog

There’s a setting to toggle Visual Studio from the default tabbed documents mode to the MDI mode. Go to the Tools–Options–Environment–General page, and select Multiple Documents under Window Layout.

For you Visual Studio .NET 2003 users, you may remember that you had to restart Visual Studio to use MDI. They fixed this (well, the developer fixed it and she tested it) in Visual Studio 2005, so restarting Visual Studio is no longer required.

If you’re familiar with MDI mode, you might ask, “Can you tile horizontally or vertically? Can you cascade?” Go to the Window menu, and you’ll find new options.

Note that both Auto Hide All and Reset Window Layout apply to tool windows. The Cascade, Tile Horizontally, Tile Vertically, and Close All Documents commands apply to document editors, designers, and any tool windows in a tabbed document state.

Happy Programming! =)

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