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Friday, November 24, 2006

Visual Studio 2005 add-in for Windows Explorer

Introduction

When I use the Visual Studio environment, sometimes I have to open 'Windows Explorer' in the folder of the solution to do some tasks as copy files, rename files, launch application by double clicking on the executable, ...

Because my projects aren't at the root of my hard disk, I lose a lot of time. So, one day, I decided to create the 'Explorer' add-in for Visual Studio 2005.

Install the add-in

To install the 'Explorer' add-in:

  1. Copy the Explorer.dll and Explorer.AddIn files to your "My Documents\Visual Studio 2005\Addins" folder (create it if it does not exist).
  2. Launch the Visual Studio Environment.
  3. Select the "Tools\Add-in manager" menu and check the Explorer add-in.
That's all...

Using the add-in

To open 'Windows Explorer' in a specific folder:

  1. In the Solution Explorer window, select the solution (or a project or a folder) and right click on it: An 'Explorer' menu appears.
  2. Select the 'Open folder in Windows Explorer' menu item.

To launch the application as if you double clicked on an '.exe' file in 'Windows Explorer'.

  1. In the Solution Explorer window, select the project and right click on it: An 'Explorer' menu appears.
  2. Select the 'Execute the application' menu item.

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Visual Studio 2005 add-in for Windows Explorer

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