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Adrian Collier – Program Manager, Visual Studio Shell Team Short Bio: I started at Microsoft as an intern in 2004 back in the UK and crossed the pond last year to work on Popfly, since then I’ve been working in Visual Studio land primarily working on the Start Page and window management areas if the IDE.
Aero Snapping allows you to easily dock windows side-by-side, move a window to another monitor or simply maximize/minimize using a mouse or keyboard gestures. For more information on the Aero Snap feature in Windows check out this these videos.
Below are the keyboard shortcuts for interacting with floating VS windows.
Windows + Up Arrow
Windows + Down Arrow
Minimize – from windowed state.
This command only works on the main Visual Studio IDE.
Dock to Screen Left
Windows + Left Arrow
(This command can also be used to cycle through the various docked states across multiple monitors)
Dock to Screen Right
Windows + Right Arrow
Windows + Shift + Up Arrow
Move Window to 2nd Monitor on left of primary display
Windows + Shift + Left Arrow
Move Window to 2nd Monitor on right of primary display
Windows + Shift + Right Arrow
Unfortunately, no. Since all floating windows are “owned” by Visual Studio and cannot be minimized individually, shaking a floating window will only result in minimizing other applications.
We will be following up with more posts on how to become more productive with Visual Studio by taking advantage of shortcuts and less well known Visual Studio features.
Adrian Collier Program Manager, Visual Studio Shell Team