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Free Tool: Hide the Main Menu

Earlier this week, I had the world's simplest tip; here's the world's simplest Add-In: Hide Main Menu (you can find it in Extension Manager). It removes the main menu from Visual Studio (you know: the "File…Edit…View" menu) giving you one more precious line in your code editing window. If you don't use the mouse and do always use the shortcut keys, you may never know the menu's missing.

You can get the menu back by pressing the Alt key; so if you're a mouse-oriented person, you'll need to learn to press the Alt key as you move your mouse to the top of the screen (easier for people holding the mouse in their left hand, I imagine). Or you can make more extensive use of the icons on the toolbars, which do remain on the screen.

Or you may just discover that you don't actually use that main menu much.

Posted by Peter Vogel on 02/28/2013 at 1:16 PM


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