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With last week’s release of the Productivity Power Tools, we announced a new extension – Quick Access – that allows you to search and execute common tasks within the Visual Studio IDE. You can launch Quick Access by pressing Ctrl+3, or by selecting View->Quick Access.
Quick Access will allow you to search and execute:
Because I get these questions a lot, I’ll mention that Quick Access will NOT search:
Of course, that’s not saying we will never support searching those items above, just that it will be very difficult with the current extensibility APIs in VS 2010.
With Quick Access, our goal was to target two customer scenarios:
You can look at tasks as “scripts” or “light-weight macros”. Through tasks, Quick Access provides you with the ability to interact with VS in a way that isn’t normally exposed through menu commands. An example would be the task “Turn line numbers on”. Normally, you would have to change this option in the Tools –> Options dialog. With Quick Access, we could implement this task by executing a sequence of VS commands or even interact with the DTE.
The current version of Quick Access ships with several tasks. To see the available tasks, search for “tasks”:
In the next release, we are planning to add support for you to author your own tasks. We will also implement the most commonly requested tasks into the package, so tell us what you’d like to see.
Quick Access uses a model similar to the Windows Start Menu to only show a subset of the matching items when the list fills more than the tool window real-estate. That way, if you type “debug” and really want the Visual Studio Options result, you don’t have to scroll down through 14 menu items. If you want to see all the results, press Ctrl+3 again to show everything. Continue pressing Ctrl+3 to filter on each category.
As with all of the Productivity Power Tools features, we want to know what you think. What do you like? What can we make better?
We are also really interested in how you use or would like to use Quick Access. Is it to find a specific options page or something more involved such as executing tasks/macros?
Click the smiley face in the bottom right of the Quick Access window to send us mail.
Weston Hutchins Program Manager – IDE Platform
In a word, 'brilliant'. Looking forwards to the ability to author tasks.
Thanks a lot <a href="www.google.com">google</a>
This is awesome, I'm using it frequently. It's like Launchy for Visual Studio.
There's a similar feature for symbols and filenames added in Visual Studio 2010 (ie., no extension needed). Many people don't seem to know about it -- if you don't, try it out, it's awesome and works for VB, C#, and C++.
Ctrl-, (Control comma) brings it up, and it has typeahead.
Details here: msdn.microsoft.com/.../4sadchd3.aspx
Redmond start your photocopiers :)
Looks the same as Delphi 2010 IDE Insight: blogs.embarcadero.com/.../39261
Glad to see it in VS2010
I have been using same feature in Delphi 2010 since last year, but in Delphi you also select component in ToolBox, which isn't available "Quick Access".
Who cares who had it first? Any decent product learns from its competitors. NetCaptor was the first browser to offer tabbed browsing, and nobody seems to mind that Opera, Firefox, IE and Safari 'photocopied' it.
Anyway, I think this is a really nice addition to Visual Studio. Given that context menus just seem to keep getting bigger in VS, I would love to see this this functionality available as a search box on the context menus itself. (How many times have you right clicked something and kept looking for an option you knew the name of but forgot the position of?(
What's about a way to search the Options-Settings of Visual Studio. I'am thinking of way to type "tab" for example and getting a list of all the Options that contain the Word "Tab" in there Description (like in Ultra Edit & UEStudio).
Forget the last Article - your QuickAccess does this Job alreay. Perfect !
Can we adjust the short cut Ctrl+3 ?
@Alan: Yes! Start by going to Tools->Options->Environment->Keyboard and finding View.QuickAccess in the command list (either by scrolling or searching). You can then remove the Ctrl+3 shortcut and replace it with any other keybinding you like.
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ReSharper kidnaps the Ctrl+3 key binding and this did not work for me. I decided to bind Ctrl+Alt+3 instead. Now very happy!
sadly this breaks the xaml designer for me, so i had to deactivate it, as it somehow always makes a control selected in the toolbox, so everytime i click around in the designer it creates a new control there :/
usually when you select a control in the toolbox, and then click in the designer, it will be created once, and the control in the toolbox will be deselected, making the next click in the designer a normal click, but with "Quick Access" activated it reselects the last created control in the toolbox, forcing you to continually create controls D;