[This article is a collage of the previous two articles: first and second, and shows how to create a custom button in a toolbar which collapses all your solution projects. Useful if you have solutions with more than 50 projects, like in my case.]
If you work in large projects usually, you can end with up to 30, 40, 50 projects or more inside a single solution.
If that's your case, it is sometimes a pain to work with the solution explorer. In addition to that, Visual Studio sometimes expands the full solution when it opens it. How much time have you wasted clicking project by project just to get a tiny, collapsed solution?
Thanks to Edwin Evans, we have a simple VB Macro that collapses the entire solution. You can find the article here.
Just go to Tools -> Macros -> New Macro Project, rename it as you like, and paste the VB code there. Afterwards, you can create a custom ToolBar in the VisualStudio IDE and add your new macro as a button there.
Et voilá, one click collapse for your entire solution!
I've tried it and it works, at least in Visual Studio 2008. I'll post another article today on how to customize your toolbar… keep reading!
PS: For your quick reference, I paste Edwin Evans' code below:
Dim UIHSolutionExplorer As UIHierarchy
UIHSolutionExplorer = DTE.Windows.Item( _
If (UIHSolutionExplorer.UIHierarchyItems.Count = 0) Then
Dim UIHSolutionRootNode As UIHierarchyItem
UIHSolutionRootNode = UIHSolutionExplorer.UIHierarchyItems.Item(1)
Dim UIHItem As UIHierarchyItem
For Each UIHItem In UIHSolutionRootNode.UIHierarchyItems
UIHItem.UIHierarchyItems.Expanded = False
It is sometimes necessary to add custom ToolBars to the Visual Studio IDE. This post will show you how to do it…
1. Create a New ToolBar
Just go to Tools –> Customize, you will find a new window like this one:
Click on the ToolBars tab, and then in the “New” button. It will ask for the name of the new ToolBar, in our case, the name was: “Macros”. Just type it and press return.
Now, your new ToolBar appears in the list on your left. Be sure to check it, so it will appear in the VisualStudio IDE (you can make it a floating ToolBar or dock it into the upper space for toolbars, whatever you want).
2. Add a new button to the ToolBar
Go to Tools –> Customize again, but this time click on the “Commands” tab, it´s something like this:
You have Command Categories on your left, and all the commands belonging to the selected category on your right.
To create a new button for one of that commands, just Drag&Drop the desired command to your new ToolBar. Easy as that.
3. Customize the Appearance of the Button
Again, go to Tools –> Customize –> Commands Tab.
This time, click on the “Rearrange Commands” button. A new window will show with all the customizing options for your menus and toolbars. Just like this one:
In this window, you can customize many things, like button order, appearance, icons, texts, whatever.
To customize your new ToolBar, just select the “ToolBar” radio button and your recently created ToolBar in the combo box of your right.
The list on the bottom-left part of the windows will show all the buttons the toolbar contains, and on the bottom-right part, you have customizing buttons: add, delete, move up and down and modify.
This last option allows you to change button text (Name), icons, and all that stuff.
Hope you liked it!
Inaki Ayucar is a Microsoft MVP in DirectX/XNA, and a software engineer involved in development since his first Spectrum 48k, in the year 1987. He is the founder and chief developer of The Simax Project (www.simaxvirt.com) and is very interested in DirectX/XNA, physics, game development, simulation, C++ and C#.
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