Improving the state of the Visual Studio toolbars is one area that the team is taking on for vNext.
Today, it’s entirely possible to end up with 2-3 completely full rows of toolbars:
“Not only does this take away space from your code, but toolbars that show/hide for specific files can also cause your document tabs to vertically shift when switching from one file to another. We know we can do better! Keeping the toolbars confined to a single row is a goal for our next release,” informed the VS team.
“If you’re currently using Visual Studio 2010 (with or without SP1) for 20+ hours a week, Microsoft VS team would like to set you up with a single row of toolbars, and get your feedback on the reduction choices,” stated VS team.
Here’s what would be involved:
- We’d send you a settings file that, when imported, will reduce your toolbars down to one row. It won’t remove any functionality from VS, nor will it do anything besides rearrange your toolbars. The change can be easily undone at any time.
- Work as you normally would for a week. If you run into any issues with the reduced toolbars, make a note of them.
- At the end of the week, fill out a survey to let us know what you think. As a thank you, the first 150 people to participate will receive a Microsoft Gratuity, which entitles you to one free piece of Microsoft software or XBox 360 game!
Note: Due to regulations around Microsoft Gratuities, we can unfortunately only accept participants who’ve a US Social Security Number or Tax ID number.
If you’re interested in participating, send mail to VSToolbarFeedback@microsoft.com.
[Source: VS team blog]