Auto Hide All Tool Windows

Menu:  Window -> Auto Hide All
Command:  Window.AutoHideAll
Versions:  2008,2010
Published:  6/18/2010
Code:  vstipTool0034


So let's say you have a crowded space with lots of tool windows open:



No problem!  Just go to Window -> Auto Hide All:



And, presto, all the tool windows are automatically hidden:



NOTE:  There is no way to un-auto hide all so you will have to bring each one back again as you need it.

Comments (5)
  1. eric hexter says:

    is there a keyboard command for that?

  2. Leo Davidson says:

    Eric: Not by default but you can bind a hotkey to any menu item via Tools -> Customize -> Keyboard.

    Type "autohi" into the "Show commands containing" field and you'll see the one you want, Window.AutoHideAll.

    Off topic:

    Anyone know a way to stop Visual Studio re-indenting the current line when a : character is typed into a C++ file (e.g. as part of a ternary operator)?

    The behaviour has annoyed me for about a decade now. 🙂

    I'm not even sure why the editor thinks it should re-indent the line when : is typed (maybe initializer lists?), especially when it's typed after load of other character.

  3. zainnab says:

    Leo — have you tried going to block instead of smart indenting?  That may be one possible solution.  Also, there is a ton of stuff under Tools –> Options –> Text Editor –> C/C++ –> Formatting  that I haven't explored yet but you may find some relief there.


  4. Jagdeep says:

    My auto hide option is not being shown on the window how to make it shown ?

  5. zainnab says:

    Jagdeep — You have to have at least one tool window selected to make this work.  Just go to Solution Explorer for example and then the option will show itself.


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