Command Windows Tricks in the Visual Studio IDE

Command Windows Tricks in the Visual Studio IDE

The Command Window (Ctrl+Alt+A) in the VS.NET IDE has many more features than it appears to have. It is mainly used as the interactive debug window but also you can do many more things with it. Read on to know more about it.

You can Create Aliases for commands that are used from the menu, shortcut or toolbar buttons. For example, to create an alias to open Solution Explorer you can type:

alias vs View.SolutionExplorer

Then alias ‘vs’ is created. You can use ‘vs’ to launch the Solution Explorer.

As another example, if you are trying to create class files through menus. You can create an alias for it. For example, “alias nf File.NewFile” will create an alias “nf.”

You can use it as follows,

nf NewClass.cs

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