Tabs Studio Blog (organizing Visual Studio document tabs)

June 9, 2010

Floating double click in Visual Studio 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — Sergey Vlasov @ 10:13 am

By default in Visual Studio 2010 double clicking a tab or the title of a docked tool window creates a floating window. I’ve added this feature to Tabs Studio too – now double clicking a tab or an extension in a tab in VS 2010 creates a floating window. Of course, the Floating menu item is still available in the tab and extension context menus.

Visual Studio 2010 Pro Power Tools support

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — Sergey Vlasov @ 8:22 am

I’ve updated Tabs Studio to replace Power Tools’ tabs as well. I recommend selecting the Visual Studio 2010 preset in the Document Tab Well options:

Recommended Document Tab Well Options for Tabs Studio

Recommended Document Tab Well Options for Tabs Studio


Or you can uncheck the Enable scrolling option (to prevent scroller artifacts) and uncheck the Color tabs by project option (to use default colors for the line under the tabs) in the default Scrollable Tab Well preset.

June 8, 2010

Visual Studio 2010 Pro Power Tools add new Document Tab Well options

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — Sergey Vlasov @ 9:21 pm

Microsoft has released Visual Studio 2010 Pro Power Tools today adding lots of new tab options:

General Document Tab Well Options

General Document Tab Well Options


Color Coding Document Tab Well Options

Color Coding Document Tab Well Options


The Start Page tab after Power Tools installation

The Start Page tab after Power Tools installation


First things first – you can have multiple rows of pinned tabs now:
Multiple rows of pinned tabs

Multiple rows of pinned tabs


I.e. after you pin some tabs, they will take multiple rows if needed. “Normal” tabs are still form single row. Pinned tabs can’t be reordered by mouse.

Tabs can be arranged vertically, to the left of the code window. When needed pinned tabs take several columns:

Vertical tabs

Vertical tabs


Two columns of vertical tabs

Two columns of vertical tabs

In addition to the standard tab list drop down for hidden tabs, “Visual Studio 2003 tab scrollers” can be enabled:

The standard drop down and Visual Studio 2003 tab scrollers

The standard drop down and Visual Studio 2003 tab scrollers

I couldn’t make Remove tabs by usage order to remove tabs. All other options, I think, are self explanatory.

Tabs Studio is not currently compatible with this extension (generates null reference exception at startup). I will see whether it can be fixed.

Update: Tabs Studio v2.0.5 released with Visual Studio 2010 Pro Power Tools support (read more about how it is supported).

 

 

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May 8, 2010

Styling tabs in a separate window

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — Sergey Vlasov @ 7:43 pm

In Visual Studio 2010 default style for tabs uses left and right margins of 1 pixel:

<Style x:Key="DefaultTabsStyle" TargetType="TabsStudio:Tabs">
  <Setter Property="Margin" Value="1,0,1,0"/>
</Style>

It makes transition between Tabs Studio tabs and Visual Studio border under the tabs in the left and right corners smooth:

Left tab margin

Left tab margin


When tabs are in a separate window, default margins create white lines to the left and to the right of the tabs:
White lines to the left and to the right of the tabs

White lines to the left and to the right of the tabs


Setting margins to 0 removes these lines:

<Style TargetType="TabsStudio:Tabs" BasedOn="{StaticResource DefaultTabsStyle}">
  <Setter Property="Margin" Value="0,0,0,0"/>
</Style>

Excessive tabs margins removed

Excessive tabs margins removed

Another useful customization for tabs in a separate window is tabs background. The default background in VS 2010 style is transparent, it results in dark blue for normal tabs placement and white for tabs in a separate window. As an example, the following style sets tabs background to dark blue:

<Style TargetType="TabsStudio:Tabs" BasedOn="{StaticResource DefaultTabsStyle}">
  <Setter Property="Background" Value="#293955"/>
</Style>

Dark blue tabs background

Dark blue tabs background


A similar style can be used to customize tabs background in VS 2008, which is by default grey control brush.

May 7, 2010

Tabs Studio v2.0.1 released

Filed under: Releases — Tags: — Sergey Vlasov @ 8:55 pm

Tabs Studio v2.0.1 released – fixed tabs reordering when entering the debug mode in Visual Studio 2010.

April 20, 2010

Missing stdole.dll with a custom Visual Studio 2010 installation

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — Sergey Vlasov @ 8:18 am

If you perform a custom Visual Studio 2010 installation selecting only C++ development tools on a clean Windows 7 x64 machine, running Tabs Studio v2.0 generates “System.IO.FileNotFoundException: Could not load file or assembly ‘stdole, Version=7.0.3300.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b03f5f7f11d50a3a’ or one of its dependencies. The system cannot find the file specified.”

stdole FileNotFoundException

stdole FileNotFoundException


A workaround is to manually install stdole.dll in the GAC. For example, running the following single line command from an elevated command prompt:
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v7.0A\Bin\gacutil.exe" -i "C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\microsoft shared\MSEnv\PublicAssemblies\stdole.dll"
Installing stdole.dll in the GAC

Installing stdole.dll in the GAC


Another workaround is to add Visual C# development tools in the Visual Studio 2010 installer:
The Visual C# installation option

The Visual C# installation option

 

 

Organize Visual Studio tabs with Tabs Studio add-in

April 13, 2010

Visual Studio 2010 RTM

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — Sergey Vlasov @ 8:06 pm

Yesterday Visual Studio 2010 was released:

Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate

Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate


I don’t see any changes in default VS tabs behavior comparing to RC. I’ve tested Tabs Studio v1.9.0 with VS Professional, Premium and Ultimate 2010 RTM editions and everything worked just fine.

Updated Visual Studio 2010 tab style

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — Sergey Vlasov @ 11:38 am

I’ve changed selected tab colors to match the default VS 2010 theme – yellow for active, dark blue for inactive and grey for unfocused:

Active and inactive tabs

Active and inactive tabs


Unfocused tabs

Unfocused tabs

February 10, 2010

Visual Studio 2010 RC

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — Sergey Vlasov @ 10:37 am

This week Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidate was released:

Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate RC

Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate RC


I don’t see any changes in default tab behavior comparing to Beta 2 in this release. I’ve tested Tabs Studio v1.8.0 with Professional, Premium and Ultimate 2010 RC editions and everything worked as good as in Beta 2. Interestingly, the Load per user extensions when running as administrator VS option is now on by default.

January 23, 2010

Visual Studio 2010 Silver theme

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — Sergey Vlasov @ 3:24 pm

This month Matthew Johnson released the Visual Studio Color Theme Editor extension for Visual Studio 2010. This extension allows users to customize colors used by Visual Studio 2010 and contains three example themes (Autumn, Emerald and Silver):

Default Visual Studio 2010 theme

Default Visual Studio 2010 theme


Visual Studio 2010 Silver theme

Visual Studio 2010 Silver theme


Jameel Al-Aziz, in addition to his Tabs Studio 2010 style, has created Tabs Studio 2010 Silver theme style:
Tabs Studio 2010 Silver theme style

Tabs Studio 2010 Silver theme style


Get Tabs Studio 2010 Silver theme style by Jameel Al-Aziz (Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 and Tabs Studio v1.7.6 or greater required).

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