Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Nice Visual Studio Add-in: File nesting

File Nesting is a feature in Visual Studio that was available for a long time. It allows you to put multiple files together under one ‘root’ file. This is a feature you’ve certainly seen in WinForms(designer generated code and codebehind), ASP.NET WebForms(HTML page and codebehind) and so on… Unfortunately to use this feature yourself, you had to start editing the .csproj files yourself. Not the best way to start using a feature!

Thanks to Mads Kristensen File Nesting plugin this is no longer necessary and you can easily nest any file under another file in Solution Explorer.

What makes it even nicer, is that File Nesting also gives you the option to automatically nest based on file naming rules. You can then apply those rules to any files, folders or entire projects.

Install the plugin through the Visual Studio Extensions or download it here: http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/3ebde8fb-26d8-4374-a0eb-1e4e2665070c.

Thanks Mads!

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