Multipurpose Find Combo Box in Visual Studio

Most of the time we use Visual Studio find combo box (6 ) only for search contents with in the solution. But the find combo box is something more than what we know. We can use the find combo box in different purpose like create file, open files, create project, print, open watch windows etc. As for example you can close all the open files by just typing “>CloseAll” with in find combo box followed by a “Enter”. Fundamentally we can execute all the commands from Find Combo box which are available from Visual Studio Command Window. Like Command Window, In Combo Box, if you type “>” and aliases and press enter result will be the same.

I am listing few examples which will help you to know more about using find combo box.

Use Find Combo Box to Add New Project

Instead of File > New Project, if you type “>AddProj” and press “Enter”, it will launch “Add New Project” window.


Use Find Combo Box to Close All Open Documents

Use Find combo box to close all the open files at a time by just typing “>CloseAll”.



Use Find Combo Box to Open Task List

Just type “>TaskList” and Press enter to open to task list from combo box.


Use Find Combo box to add variables in watch windows

You can type >?? <VariableName> to add a variable in watch window from find combo box.

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Similarly use can use all the predefined command aliases in visual studio. You can check and try all of them from Predefined Visual Studio Command Aliases . Apart from the available predefined aliases you can create your own aliases for visual studio by just following How to: Create Custom Aliases for Visual Studio Commands

You do not need to remember all these commands as they are all auto populated in find combo box. Just type “>”, you will able to see the list of all commands available.


Hope this will help you to take some more advantages of Find Combo Box !

Abhijit Jana

Abhijit runs the Daily .NET Tips. He started this site with a vision to have a single knowledge base of .NET tips and tricks and share post that can quickly help any developers . He is a Former Microsoft ASP.NET MVP, CodeProject MVP, Mentor, Speaker, Author, Technology Evangelist and presently working as a .NET Consultant. He blogs at , you can follow him @AbhijitJana . He is the author of book Kinect for Windows SDK Programming Guide.

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