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Posted 20 Jul 2010

“View this as root” – A Solution Navigator features in VS 2010 Productivity Power Tools

, 20 Jul 2010
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A Solution Navigator features in VS 2010 Productivity Power Tools

Visual Studio 2010 productivity power tool introduced many new and interesting features within Visual Studio 2010 which are really great for developers and will help all of us improve productivity. You can download the Productivity tool from here.

Solution Navigator is a new window that has been introduced within this power tool which is an enhanced Solution Explorer. This window has many features like search code, highlight code, code navigation, File open, save, edit status, etc. Along with these features, one of the interesting features that I liked is “View this as root”. This feature is very much helpful when you have the many projects within a solution or your solution hierarchy is large. To start “Solution Navigator”, go to View > Solution Navigator or use (Ctrl + W, F) as shortcut key.This will open the “Solution Navigator” window.


Look- and feel-wise, it is the same as “Solution Explorer” but functionally it is quite different. You will find an “icon” at the right side with all the files/folders under that solution as shown in the below picture:


You can click on that Icon or use Ctrl+Click to make the selected point as present root. This will navigate you to a different form within the solution navigator with the selected point as root.


You will find one forward and backward button to move previous or next root point. The most interesting point is that you can use “view this as root” at any level of your solution hierarchy.

To know more about the many new features and functional details of new productivity power tool, please refer to the links given below:

Hope this will help you.

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