Solvent is a set of simple but effective tools for Visual Studio .NET 2003 packaged as an add-in. Why call it Solvent? All the tools work in the Solution Explorer.
Bad science puns aside, here’s a list of what Solvent provides:
- Recursive Expand/Contract: Ever notice when you click the +/- icon next to a folder (or double click on a Solution/Project file), it collapses that particular node in the Solution Explorer… but not any of the sub-nodes? If you have a really large project with a deep hierarchy, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to recursively close all of the items beneath a current node so when you expand it again it doesn’t re-expand everything below it? Now you can.
- Open All SubItems: Easily open all of the subitems within a containing object (folder or project).
- Open Containing Folder In Windows Explorer: Open the folder containing a document or project in Windows Explorer (if you select a folder, it opens that folder, not it’s containing folder).
- Command Prompt Here: Open a command prompt at an object’s containing folder (if you select a folder, it opens the command prompt to that folder).
Solvent adds itself to the Tools menu and to the context menu for items in the Solution Explorer.
Context Menu (On a Project):
It’s free, so come and get it!
Installation Note: Be sure to shut down Visual Studio BEFORE you
install! If you don’t, you may see the UI elements of the add-in
disappear. If you install the add-in and find that the UI has
disappeared (and this goes for ANY add-in), go to Start -> Run and
That will reset your menus and force add-ins to rebuild. You may lose
any customizations you make to the standard menu bars, though (like
adding/removing buttons on bars). I’ll add a check for VS.NET on install
for the next release.
NOTE: Gaston Milano has a similar product for VS 2005 called CoolCommands. As Solvent does not support VS 2005, you may be interested in checking that out.
- 1.0.0: First public release.
- 1.1.1: Updated “Command Prompt Here” to use “cd /d [path]” rather than just “cd [path]” to allow for opening command prompt to drives other than the one VS.NET is installed on. Also released source for download.