Posts tagged 'Other Search Options'

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Tip 4.1: You can use Ctrl+Alt+Down Arrow to drop down the file tab channel file menu

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A fellow program manager and she were trying to out "Did you know..." each other about Visual Studio the other day in her office. She won with this one:



On the file tab channel, all the way to the right side, there's an inverted triangle (that is, a drop-down arrow) that, when pressed, invokes the File menu drop-down list.

There are two "Did you know..." points here:
  • You can press Ctrl+Alt+Down Arrow to show the File menu drop-down list This keyboard shortcut is bound to the global scope, meaning you can press this chord anywhere in the IDE and get the File menu drop-down list to appear. The command is Window.ShowEzMDIFileList. In case you are curious, EzMDI stands for Easy MDI, representing the default tabbed document view rather than the multiple documents view, or MDI (multiple document interface).
  • The File menu drop-down list supports type-ahead selection If you have a lot of files listed, you can type the name of the file, and when there's an exact match (meaning there isn't a conflict), the focus will jump to that file in the list, allowing you to hit Enter to open it.


Happy Programming! =)
Posted by Nils-Holger at 12:49 PM with 435 comments.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Tip 3.22: How to use wildcards and regular expressions while searching

"Visual Studio Tips, 251 ways to improve your Productivity in Visual Studio", courtesy of 'Sara Ford'

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In the Find And Replace window, expand the Find Options node and check the Use Regular Expressions check box. This option enables you to select either wildcards or regular expressions. Now that little (a)+ button, which is called an expression builder and is located next to the Find What text box, is enabled. In case you're like her and don't use regular expressions all that often, the expression builder can be a great little cheat sheet.



Note that the editor's regular expressions engine is slightly different from the .NET Framework regular expressions engine; hence, the cheat sheet may really come in handy.

Happy Programming! =)
Posted by Nils-Holger at 12:58 PM with 430 comments.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tip 3.21: How to search within the current project or entire solution

"Visual Studio Tips, 251 ways to improve your Productivity in Visual Studio", courtesy of 'Sara Ford'

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Press Ctrl+F to open the Quick Find window. Then click the arrow to display the drop-down list for the Look In combo box to select the search scope.



Happy Programming! =)
Posted by Nils-Holger at 12:43 PM with 438 comments.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Tip 3.20: How to search hidden text in the editor

"Visual Studio Tips, 251 ways to improve your Productivity in Visual Studio", courtesy of 'Sara Ford'

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Press Ctrl+F to bring up the Find And Replace window. You can then expand the Find Options section and select Search Hidden Text.



This is usually the first option she sets (or she verifies it is set).

Happy Programming! =)
Posted by Nils-Holger at 12:36 PM with 433 comments.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Tip 3.22: How to use wildcards and regular expressions while searching

"Visual Studio Tips, 251 ways to improve your Productivity in Visual Studio", courtesy of 'Sara Ford'

Sara Ford's Blog



In the Find And Replace window, expand the Find Options node and check the Use Regular Expressions check box. This option enables you to select either wildcards or regular expressions. Now that little (a)+ button, which is called an expression builder and is located next to the Find What text box, is enabled. In case you're like her and don't use regular expressions all that often, the expression builder can be a great little cheat sheet.



Note that the editor's regular expressions engine is slightly different from the .NET Framework regular expressions engine; hence, the cheat sheet may really come in handy.

Happy Programming! =)
Posted by Nils-Holger at 12:21 PM with 439 comments.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Tip 3.21: How to search within the current project or entire solution

"Visual Studio Tips, 251 ways to improve your Productivity in Visual Studio", courtesy of 'Sara Ford'

Sara Ford's Blog



Press Ctrl+F to open the Quick Find window. Then click the arrow to display the drop-down list for the Look In combo box to select the search scope.



Happy Programming! =)
Posted by Nils-Holger at 12:10 PM with 0 comments.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Tip 3.20: How to search hidden text in the editor

"Visual Studio Tips, 251 ways to improve your Productivity in Visual Studio", courtesy of 'Sara Ford'

Sara Ford's Blog



Press Ctrl+F to bring up the Find And Replace window. You can then expand the Find Options section and select Search Hidden Text.



This is usually the first option she sets (or she verifies it is set).

Happy Programming! =)
Posted by Nils-Holger at 1:10 PM with 660 comments.