I’m often asked about the missing New horizontal/vertical tab group commands in the Tabs Studio context menu. Due to technical difficulties I can’t come up with a good overall solution for it, but now that Visual Studio 2010 introduces two new Window.NewHorizontalTabGroup and Window.NewVerticalTabGroup commands I can solve the most common case with an add-in:
New tab group commands
The NewGroup add-in adds the New horizontal/vertical tab group commands to the Tabs Studio context menu for the selected tab/extension if commands are available. For example, the New horizontal tab group command is not available when vertical tab groups already created and both commands are not available when there is only one tab in a selected group. In Tabs Studio you can open a tab context menu without making the tab selected – in this case the two new commands are not shown as it is much harder to determine if they should be available in this case.
Download the NewGroup add-in for VS 2010.
Tabs Studio v2.0.6 released – added more add-ins loading error diagnostic, fixed inability to run Tabs Studio from a network share in VS 2010.
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.NET runtime traditionally has strict rules against running managed code from a network. In Visual Studio 2008 (CLR v2) to run Tabs Studio from a network share you had to add special “Code Access Security Policy”.
In Visual Studio 2010 (CLR v4) if you try to run Tabs Studio v2.0.5 from a network share you get error number 80131515:
Tabs Studio add-in failed to load with error 80131515 in VS 2010
To allow Tabs Studio to run you have to add the loadFromRemoteSources
element (see the MSDN reference
) to the “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Common7\IDE\devenv.exe.config” (note, you need to run your editor with admin rights for correct devenv.exe.config modification):
Plus you have to upgrade to Tabs Studio v2.0.6 that workarounds Assembly.Location throws ArgumentException.
Another potential problem is when you download Tabs Studio add-ins to your computer for Visual Studio 2010 from the Internet they may end up blocked by Windows (it is not a problem for Visual Studio 2008):
Saver add-in marked as a file from another computer
Loading such add-in for VS 2010 silently fails in Tabs Studio v2.0.5 and gives the following error in Tabs Studio v2.0.6
Blocked Saver add-in loading error in VS 2010
To solve this problem you can either unblock Saver.dll in Windows Explorer or enable the loadFromRemoteSources
switch in devenv.exe.config the same way as for running Tabs Studio from a network share.
Radames Cruz Moreno thoroughly describes all the new tab features that are part of the Visual Studio 2010 Pro Power Tools on the Visual Studio Blog.
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Tabs Studio v2.0.5 released – added Visual Studio 2010 Pro Power Tools support, added tab floating on double click in VS 2010, improved compatibility with other add-ins’ toolbars in VS 2010.
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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.
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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
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
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Microsoft has released Visual Studio 2010 Pro Power Tools today adding lots of new tab options:
General Document Tab Well Options
Color Coding Document Tab Well Options
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
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:
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
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).