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Working with Documents in Microsoft Visual Studio

04.07 Open the File Menu Drop-Down List from Your Keyboard

DEFAULT

Ctrl+Alt+Down Arrow

VISUAL BASIC 6

Ctrl+Alt+Down Arrow

VISUAL C# 2005

Ctrl+Alt+Down Arrow

VISUAL C++ 2

Ctrl+Alt+Down Arrow

VISUAL C++ 6

Ctrl+Alt+Down Arrow

VISUAL STUDIO 6

Ctrl+Alt+Down Arrow

WINDOWS

[no shortcut]

COMMAND

Window.ShowEzMDIFileList

VERSIONS

2005, 2008, 2010

CODE

vstipEnv0003

When you have a lot of files open, it is sometimes easier to view them as a list instead of tabs. The File menu drop-down list does that for you. You can click the drop-down button to the far right on the file tab, or you can simply use Ctrl+Alt+Down Arrow to activate it.

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An interesting thing about this list is that it has type-ahead functionality. So, in this example, if you type the letter S, it automatically selects SomethingToDo.cs. Hitting S again results in Start Page being selected. If you have a lot of files, you can type more characters to narrow down the selection. For example, typing ST jumps straight to Start Page.