You aren't using those toolbar buttons. Certainly not all of them. In fact, ScottGu once bet a group that they couldn't name every button from left to right.
In some cases toolbars get added, then added and forgotten about. But they are there, up there in toolbar-space and they are taking up not only pixels, but also mental space.
Go ahead and take two minutes. Free your mind and clean house.
Doesn't that feel better?
Here's my Visual Studio after cleaning house. It feels faster (it's not) and it looks cleaner and it imposes less psychic weight on me.
Right click on your Toolbar and remove the ones you don't use. Even better, while you're in customize mode, grab just those commands that you use (maybe ones that aren't on your toolbar even though you use them) and get rid of ANYTHING you don't use every day.
Now, all those docked/pinned Tool Windows? Close the ones you don't use every day. Ah, to use a Rob Conery-ism, it's like rolling up the window in you car while driving on the freeway.
Next, head over my friends at http://studiostyl.es and get a nice Visual Studio Color Scheme and then a new Wallpaper from http://vs2010wallpapers.com. Or, get creative and submit your own creation to both sites!
Enjoy and be happy.
Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. I am a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.
Imports SystemImports System.DiagnosticsImports System.IOPublic Module hg Public Sub Commit() Try Dim solution = DTE.Solution If Not solution.IsOpen Then MsgBox("Open a solution first.") Exit Sub End If Dim solutionFile = New FileInfo(DTE.Solution.FullName) Dim process = New Process With process.StartInfo .Arguments = "commit" .FileName = "hgtk" .WindowStyle = ProcessWindowStyle.Hidden .WorkingDirectory = solutionFile.Directory.FullName End With process.Start() Catch ex As Exception MsgBox(ex.ToString, MsgBoxStyle.OkCancel + MsgBoxStyle.Critical, "Exception") End Try End SubEnd Module
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