Visual Studio 2012 New Features: Solution Explorer

I love the title of this one because I’m sure someone will read this and wonder why I think Solution Explorer is a “new” feature.  I mean, haven’t we had this sucker for a billion years?  Aren’t there cave drawings in France about this feature?  So why is it “new”?  Let me show you!  …

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Multiple Startup Projects

Keyboard:  ALT + ENTERMenu:  Project -> Properties [with Solution Selected in Solution Explorer]; [Right-Click the solution in Solution Explorer] -> PropertiesVersions:  2008,2010Published:  5/10/2010Code:  vstipEnv0015   We work with multiple projects all the time.  Take the classic Server / Client scenario:   I want both of these projects to start up when I press F5.  How…

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Choosing the StartUp Project

Menu:  Project -> Set as StartUp Project; [Right-Click a project in Solution Explorer] -> Set as StartUp ProjectCommand:  Project.SetasStartUpProjectVersions:  2008,2010Published:  5/9/2010Code:  vstipEnv0014   When you work with multiple projects there is always one that is the “StartUp Project”.  It’s the one that starts up first when you start (with or without debugging).  It’s easy to…

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Using Solution Folders

Menu:  Project -> Add New Solution Folder; [Right-Click Solution] -> Add -> New Solution Folder Command:  Project.AddNewSolutionFolderVersions:  2008,2010Published:  3/27/2010 Code:  vstipProj0009   Did you know there are special folders to help you organize large solutions?  There is!  They are called, appropriately enough, Solution Folders.  To create one just Right-Click on your solution (or go to…

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Hide or Show the Solution File in Solution Explorer

Menu:  Tools -> Options -> Projects and Solutions -> General Versions:  2008,2010Published:  3/26/2010 Code:  vstipProj0008    If you don’t like seeing the solution file in Solution Explorer, you can easily hide it (or show it if you have it hidden).  First, let’s review what the default looks like with the solution file showing:   Now…

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Type-Ahead Selection Support in Solution Explorer

Versions:  2008,2010Published:  2/18/2010Code:  vstipTool0010   Ever have a ton of files in Solution Explorer and wanted to go to one in particular very quickly?  It’s easy to do just click anywhere in Solution Explorer and start typing the name of the file you want.  For example if I have a solution with multiple projects:  …

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