Stop the Solution Explorer's Expansion Madness

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Description

Mads Kristensen shows off an extension he recently released, one that does something I've not seen done before (and didn't think was even possible!)

Disable Solution Explorer's Dynamic Nodes

A single-purpose extension that makes it easy to disable/enable Solution Explorer's dynamic nodes such as inline Class View nodes from C# and VB files.

Warning - here's how it works

This extension disables all dynamic nodes implemented using the IGraphProvider interface, so there might be other nodes besides the Class View nodes that will be disabled.

However, this extensions allows you to turn the feature back on without leaving a trace, so it is safe to try out.

Visual Studio doesn't allow to turn off just a single implementation of the IGraphProvider, such as inline Class View, so the entire feature has to be disabled.

That's unfortunate.

Inline class view

Solution Explorer injects extra virtual nodes under certain code files to give a sneak peek inside them.

Solution Explorer

Though it provides more information about a file, it also adds complexity to the Solution Explorer that may confuse more than help.

File nesting

One of the issues with in inline class view is that it makes it more difficult to find nested files.

When files are nested under C# files, it is impossible to tell since it looks like any other C# file with the expander icon next to it.

File nesting closed

It's only when the file is expanded that the nested file becomes visible.

File nesting

In this example the file VSPackage.resx is nested under the C# file VSPackage.cs but it's only visible when the file is expanded.

Hide inline class view

Under the top-level View menu, a new button is added to toggle the visibility of the inline class view.

View menu

Clicking the button will prompt the user with a question to proceed and restart Visual Studio.

Prompt

Clicking Yes will toggle the inline class view feature on/off and restart VS.

The result is a much cleaner Solution Explorer.

Solution Explorer after

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Download the extension at the VS Gallery or get the nightly build.


A single-purpose extension that makes it easy to disable/enable Solution Explorer's dynamic nodes such as inline Class View nodes from C# and VB files. ...



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