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Keyboard:  ALT + W, [1,2,3, etc] (windows); ALT + F, F, [1,2,3, etc]  (files); ALT + F, J, [1,2,3, etc] (projects and solutions)
Menu:  Tools -> Options -> General -> Recent files; Window -> [1,2,3, etc]; File -> Recent Files -> [1,2,3, etc]; File -> Recent Projects and Solutions -> [1,2,3, etc]
Versions:  2008,2010
Published:  4/17/2010
Code:  vstipEnv0013

 

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By default, the Window menu shows the 10 most recent files you had open in the File Tab Channel:

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Likewise, the "Recent Files" and "Recent Projects and Solutions" on the File Menu only show the last 20 entries:

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You can easily modify these numbers (up or down) by going to Tools -> Options -> General -> Recent files:

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The minimum value is 1 and the maximum value is 24 for each of the Recent files areas.  Experiment with numbers that suit your taste.

  • Something I find handy is to have the number of displayed recent projects quite low (say 5) and then move the list of recent projects into the File menu directly (instead of a sub-menu).

    How useful that is will vary depending on how many projects you typically work on, but I'm usually only working on 2 or 3 and I find it a big boost having them straight off the File menu. After launch or when changing projects/solutions, I can flick open the File menu and click in a place that my muscles have remembered. :)

    That said, Visual Studio 2010's ability to "pin" projects to the Start Page may have me switching to that. Plus VS2010's Start Page lets you right-click and remove unwanted projects (something I always had to get RegEdit out to do). I wasn't a fan of the Start Page in previous versions but I think VS2010 has converted me.

    Unfortunately, yesterday I found a nasty bug while testing my projects in VS2010. VS2010 appears to produce corrupt binaries if your projects are on an exFAT partition:

    http://www.pretentiousname.com/vs2010exfatbug/index.html

    https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/552011/vs2010-produces-corrupt-binaries-for-projects-on-exfat-partitions

    I'm still feeling positive about VS2010 overall (give or take a few UI changes and lost features that I can live with in return for the many improvements), but finding this bug has made me put the breaks on and go back to VS2008 for now. I don't know if the bug is in VS2010 or in exFAT but I'm going to wait until it's fixed or better understood. (e.g. If it really does only affect exFAT then I can just reformat to NTFS, but my concern is that it might affect all filesystems and just be easier to notice/reproduce on exFAT. Hopefully the VS team can investigate and let us know.

  • I actually keep the files and projects lists at 20 (I think they both used to default to 10), though I don't often use more than 2 or 3 projects.  It's useful when I have to open a bunch of projects for various reasons.

    I can normally open the last project I was working on using Alt-F, J, 1 after a VS crash, when restarting VS doesn't open the last project because the last project is cleared after it's loaded, and then only restored on a clean VS exit.  Switching back and forth between two projects is then Alt F J 2.

  • I am glad the image was include as the path should be:  Tools -> Options -> Environment -> General -> Recent files

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