Using the Navigation Bar


Keyboard:  CTRL + F2 [move to navigation bar]; TAB [move between Objects and Members drop down lists]
Command:  Window.MovetoNavigationBar
Versions:  2008,2010
Published:  6/3/2010
Code:  vstipTool0026

 

Ever notice those two drop down lists just below the File Tab Channel?  The one on the left is the Objects list (classes and objects) and the one on the right is the Members list:

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You probably won’t find a lot of use for the Objects list unless you have a lot of classes in one file.  The Members list is extremely useful when you want to jump around your code.  If you have a class with a lot of functions you can click on the Members list to see them:

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Now you can just click on a member to to instantly go to that place in your code.

Comments (6)

  1. Shemesh says:

    i would really like to see the members list function like this extension:

    karlshifflett.wordpress.com/…/visual-studio-2010-xaml-editor-intellisense-presenter-extension

    plus i want to see a documentation if a member have one.

  2. zainnab says:

    I like it!  That's a cool extension! 🙂

  3. Simon says:

    DPack has a much more powerful members list with incremental search, filtering by access level and XML documentation display. The VS navigation bar is way to basic – you can't type anything beyond the first character of the class or member name. The only purpose it serves well is indicating which class/member the caret is in.

  4. Anbu says:

    Im not able see the navigation bar .what should i do now?

  5. zainnab says:

    Anbu 🙂

    Go to Tools | Options | Text Editor | All Languages | General and verify that the Navigation Bar option is checked.

    Z

  6. c++ coder says:

    I do not want it. How to Hide it ? It is eating up the space in my screen. Completely frustrated by searching internet how to remove this drop down controls.