Monthly Archives: November 2009

Quick Open File, now available for VS 2010 Beta 2

Those of you who embarked on the Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 train, surely miss my Quick Open File plugin :) Well, good news for you: here it is.

It was not as straightforward to port it over to VS 2010 as I first thought it would be. The new VS IDE is now WPF based, but my plugin is Forms-based. The experience could be best described as a half-day trial and error, struggling to implement undocumented interfaces. Well, I guess that’s part of the beta experience…

Anyway, here it is and I hope you’ll like it. You can get the plugin at Visual Studio Gallery or at my site. Or better yet, open Visual Studio, go to Extension Manager, click at Online Gallery and type “Quick Open File” to the search box. This way you can install it directly from the IDE.

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Quick Open File for Visual Studio – minor update

I found out that people come to my homepage mainly to download the Quick Open File for Visual Studio 2008 plugin. In fact there have been over 700 downloads since April-2009, when I first released it. This makes me quite happy because I’ve finally created something people find useful :)

As the name suggests, it’s a little utility for Visual Studio 2008 that allows you to find and open any file anywhere in the solution, no matter how deeply buried in the project structure. You just press Ctrl+K, Ctrl+O (of course, you can customize the shortcut key), type a few letters from the file name and hit Enter. And voila, your file is on the screen.

Quick Open File plugin window.

Today I released version 1.1 which adds the option to open the selected file in any other associated editor. The behavior is as follows:

  • Pressing Enter will open the selected file in the default editor Visual Studio has associated with the file type.
  • Pressing Shift+Enter will open the “Open With” dialog first where you can select in which editor to open the file.

You can find the new version of the plugin at Visual Studio Gallery, or directly at my site.