SYSK 96: Macros to Expand and Collapse Regions in VS.NET

Unquestionably, regions make code much cleaner!  But they also led to an explosion of method sizes (in number of lines) and the number of methods per file.  Long gone is the “rule of thumb” of early 90s of a function size being equal to the visible screen area, or, roughly 20 some lines of code.


Yes, VS has a menu command to expand/collapse code – Edit -> Outlining.  The problem for me is that I don’t care to collapse all code… I just want the regions!  And, VS is missing this very useful feature!


Thanks to the online community, I found a post by Les Smith called “Collapsing and UnCollapsing All Regions in an Add-in” at   Here is his macro:


Public Sub CloseAllRegions()
    End Sub
    Public Sub OpenAllRegions()
    End Sub
    Public Sub ToggleAllRegions(ByVal Switch As String)
        ' in walking up through the code, if we do not see
        ' #endregion/end region before we get to the
        ' #region, then the region was closed, otherwise
        ' it was already open, and each time a #region is
        ' found, set open = false as we are only looking
        ' for closed regions and if we toggle an open region
        ' it will close...
        Dim cmd As String = "Edit.ToggleOutliningExpansion"

            Dim open As Boolean = False
            Dim ts As TextSelection = DTE.ActiveDocument.Selection
            Dim ep As EditPoint = ts.ActivePoint.CreateEditPoint
            Dim line As String

            Do While Not ep.AtStartOfDocument
                line = ts.Text.ToLower.Trim
                If line.StartsWith("#end region") Or _
                   line.StartsWith("#endregion") Then
                    open = True
                ElseIf line.StartsWith("#region ") Then
                    If Switch = "C" Then
                        If open Then
                        End If
                        If Not open Then
                        End If
                    End If
                    open = False
                    End If
                    ep = ts.ActivePoint.CreateEditPoint
        End Try
    End Sub


All you need to do is:

  1. Open Macro IDE (Alt + F11)

  2. Double click on MyMacros -> Module1 and past the code above between Public Module Module1 and End Module lines

  3. Open Tools -> Customize form, and click on Commands tab.  Then click Keyboard… button at the bottom.  

  4. In the Show Commands Containing… list box, press M, and scroll down  until you have Macros.MyMacros.Module1.CloseAllRegions selected.

  5. Change focus to Press Shortcut Keys text box, and choose the shortcut of your choice (I use Ctrl+Alt+C, Ctrl+Alt+C). 

  6. Now do the same for Macros.MyMacros.Module1.OpenAllRegions.


Alternatively, you can create a toolbar for these macros using Tools -> Customize -> Toolbars dialog.  For a more verbose description on how to create custom toolbars and add your own toolbar buttons, visit and scroll about half way down to the “Integrating the Macro Code Generator into the IDE” section.


You’re now able to expand and collapse all regions with a keyboard shortcut!


Comments (0)

Skip to main content