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I love the right click context menu on the vs icon if you add it to your toolbar shortcuts. It lists all my latest opened projects so its two clicks ( right , then left selection ) and I'm right where I want to be from OS to code.
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I open one instance of VS in the morning, and just switch out the solution I'm working on. I sometimes need 2 instances, but that is a once every 3 months kind of thing. Not having a list of recent projects inside VS to pick from will be a pain in my a$$. VS 2017 already makes it harder for me because I have to manually close the current solution before opening another. Prior versions I could just open a new solution and the old one auto-closed.
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