Lately I’ve been speaking at local user groups about many of the exciting new features in Visual Studio 2012. Since there is so much to know and learn about VS 2012, I decided to create a collection of blog posts with many of the tips. This collection of posts will include features that are new to VS 2012 as well as some existing features as well. To view all of the VS 2012 tips posted so far, click here.

Did you know that you can have multiple instances of the Solution Explorer open at once? It’s a feature that isn’t so obvious because there isn’t a button for it. It is listed on the Solution Explorer context menu but those menus have so many options it’s hard to notice them all. Here you can see that I’ve got a my Services project selected and I right clicked and chose “New Solution Explorer View”.

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Now you can see that in Visual Studio I have TWO copies of the Solution Explorer open:

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You can drag these windows around and dock them on opposite sides of VS or even drag the out or onto a different monitor!

Things can get really interesting here when you are working on really complex solutions. You can combine the various scoping and filtering options with the New Solution Explorer View feature too. In the next screen shot, I’ve got one Solution Explorer with my complete solution and one that is filtered to show only files that are open!

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I hope you find this tip helpful. To see more VS 2012 Tips, just click here.

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