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How do you see the whole MSDN content tree these days?

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    Sathyaish Chakravarthy

    Until 10 years ago, I used to read a lot of MSDN everyday from the local .CHM file that came with the Visual Studio installation of your choice.

    I still read the Web version of MSDN but I get the feeling that I am not in control because I don't know how to locate the topic I am reading again, except for bookmarking it in my browser. I would like to be able to see the entire MSDN content tree so as to get a perspective of the way content is organized.

    This will also enable me to see regular columns that I might be interested in reading on a regular basis. Back in the day, I used to love reading the usability column from Scott Berkun and a few others.

    I would love to get back to reading MSDN with some feeling of control as to what I am reading as I still find reading the MSDN an immensely enjoyable activity.

    How do I do that?

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    In the MSDN library, click the gear in the top-right corner, and choose "Classic" library mode.

    Unfortunately this view won't last forever.  It might be a good idea to leave a comment using the Site Feedback feature at the bottom of the MSDN web site with your rationale about why the traditional tree view still has an important place in MSDN navigation. (which I agree with you 100% on)

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    Sathyaish Chakravarthy

    Thank you. For instance, I am on this page. I don't see any gear on the top-right corner of the window.

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    Sathyaish Chakravarthy

    Thank goodness, I cam across a page that did have the gear icon you told me about. Thank you. Smiley

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