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Tip 4.8: How to disable the IDE Navigator

November 9, 2014

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

Sara Ford’s Blog

The IDE Navigator isn’t for everyone. Some developers prefer that Ctrl+Tab quickly cycle through all their open documents instead of flashing an additional piece of UI.

To disable the IDE Navigator, do this:

  1. Open Tools–Options–Environment–Keyboard.
  2. Under Show Commands Containing, type Window.NextDocumentWindowNav.
  3. Click the Remove button to remove the Ctrl+Tab keyboard shortcut binding.

To go back to previous Visual Studio Ctrl+Tab behavior, do the following:

  1. Under Show Commands Containing, type Window.NextDocumentWindow.
  2. Position the cursor in the Press Shortcut Keys box, and then press Ctrl+Tab.
  3. Click Assign to bind the keyboard shortcut.
  4. Click OK to accept the changes and dismiss the Tools–Options dialog box.

And Ctrl+Tab will cycle through all open documents without the IDE Navigator popping up.

You’ll want to remove the Ctrl+Shift+Tab keyboard shortcut from the Window.PreviousDocumentWindowNav command and bind it to the Window.PreviousDocumentWindow command instead so that you can have both forward and backward navigation in the file tab channel.

Happy Programming! =)

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