Free Visual Studio File Explorer Add-in

The Visual Studio File Explorer Add-in (sexy name we know, but hey, it’s self documenting) is a free Tool Window add-in for VS 2008 that provides a Windows Explorer style file system view. It’s particularly useful for performing routine file system tasks without the need to “context switch” away from Visual Studio, which can be time-consuming over the course of days and weeks.

It’s main features include:

  • Fully Shell Enabled – So shell extensions like TortoiseSVN work just fine.
  • Command Prompt Here – Opens a command prompt at the current folder.
  • Snap to Solution – Sets the root folder to the current solution’s folder.
  • Split View – Windows Explorer style.
  • Open Item – Either in Visual Studio or the registered application.
  • Options Dialog – For configuring the add-in.

A picture speaks a thousand 32-bit units of data, so be sure to check out the screenshots below.

Download Mindscape Visual Studio File Explorer

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1. Docked Mode

2. Split View

2. Tabbed Document

2. Options Dialog


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6 Responses to “Free Visual Studio File Explorer Add-in”

  • Download link doesn’t wooork … :)

  • Managed to download eventually through the Produts tab.

  • Thanks for the heads up sirrocco. Link is now fixed.

  • After installing cannot find the Add-in. Installation routine shows no error. English VS 2008 with SP1.

  • Stefan,

    The add-in is available under the View->Other Windows menu.



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