Intelligent document tabs grouping in Visual Studio 2019 with Tabs Studio extension

Tabs Studio is a Visual Studio and SSMS extension empowering you to work comfortably with any number of open documents.

By default Tabs Studio groups together in an extended tab corresponding C++ source and header files, WPF markup and code-behind, ASP UI and code-behind, form code and designer, WCF service and code, and other open documents that differ only in the extension. It saves screen space, lets you quickly switch between corresponding files and conveniently organizes tabs:

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Keeping up to date with Visual Studio developments

Microsoft blogs

The Visual Studio Blog is the official source of product insight from the Visual Studio Engineering Team:

Visual Studio Toolbox focuses on tooling both in and outside of Visual Studio:

Curated links

The Morning Brew is a daily .NET software development link blog published by Chris Alcock:

DotNetKicks is a hand-picked round up of the best .NET articles every day:

Morning Dew is daily links for Windows and .NET developers by Alvin Ashcraft:

Communities

VisualStudio subreddit:

.NET subreddit:

Let us know if you can recommend other useful Visual Studio news sources!

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Extensions in the main Visual Studio 2019 menu

In Visual Studio 2019 all extensions previously located in the main menu are moved into the Extensions menu:

It adds unnecessary clicks when you actively work with these extensions. Luckily, Evgeny K released yesterday the Extensions in Main menu extension that allows choosing between the new and old behavior by bringing up all or selected extensions back into the main menu:

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Task Canvas v2.2.0 supports Git branches

The Task Canvas extension lets you work with multiple code fragments without switching tabs.

v2.2.0 makes it easy to switch between tasks in different branches. If the Maintain Git branch option is enabled, Task Canvas saves the current branch name for each task and when you switch tasks it automatically switches branches:

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Sync Block Edit v1.4 adds support for Visual Studio 2019

Sync Block Edit is a free extension that lets you easily update duplicate blocks of text in multiple files from Visual Studio.

v1.4 adds support for Visual Studio 2019 and stops support for Visual Studio 2012/2013.

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Runtime Flow v2 adds support for Visual Studio 2019

Runtime Flow in real time monitors and logs function calls and function parameters in a running .NET application and shows a stack trace tree, with no instrumentation or source code required for monitoring.

v2.0.0 adds integration with Visual Studio 2019:

Download link: Visual Studio edition.

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Plain Rename v1.2 adds support for VS 2019

Plain Rename is a free extension that hides the dashed outline displayed when you are editing a variable name:

v1.2 adds support for Visual Studio 2019.

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ESharper v1.8.0 adds support for Visual Studio 2019

ESharper is an Excel add-in that lets you write user defined functions and commands using C# interactively in a live Excel session.

V1.8.0 lets you edit function and command code with IntelliSense and syntax highlighting in Visual Studio 2019:

If you add the [ExcelDna.Integration.ExcelCommand()] attribute to a method in the functions task pane, it will be registered as a command that you can add to the Ribbon:

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Hutch tips

Jeremy Hutchinson runs a series of Visual Studio tips covering debugging and IDE productivity. Check it out!

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Tabs Studio v4.6.0 adds support for SSMS 18

Tabs Studio is a Visual Studio and SSMS extension empowering you to work comfortably with any number of open documents.

v4.6.0 adds support for SQL Server Management Studio 18.0 RC1:

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