Hide Main Menu


Automatically hides the Visual Studio main menu when not in use, similar to Windows Explorer and Internet Explorer.

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by J. Aqvilinus | March 03 2015

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by Mads Kristensen | January 24 2015

by R e i | November 07 2014

Awesome, works for me.
There's a bug thought it seems disabled the VS2013 signin/sing out window. I had to disable this plugin, restart, before I could access the sign in again.

by hhrvoje | November 05 2014

After installing this plugin i wasn't able to load any solution, bunch of VS "this contract couldn't be loaded" errors were appearing. I couldn't even close VS, I had to use task manager end process!
Only after uninstalling extension i was able to open solution again.

by Mike ABC | September 29 2014


by oddSprite | July 17 2014

Does exactly what it says on the tin.

by jimmiwalker | June 07 2014

by datanewb | May 17 2014

Looks great! <alt> to toggle the menu! Thank you!

by Kevin_Schilling | March 16 2014

by Dima_Limon | February 12 2014


by CX Chen | November 24 2013


by Christophe Bigot | October 24 2013

Simple & useful!

by Stefan-Z-Camilleri | October 20 2013

Simply perfect! :)

by autumnyard | October 17 2013

Simple and straightforward. No problems found.

by JLuis Estrada | September 11 2013

Excellent tool! update it to 2013

by Nathan Going | August 28 2013


by D. Chatterjee | May 20 2013

Sometimes an extra inch visibility in the screen helps save lot scrolling time, more over its free

by 爱让一切都对了 | January 30 2013


by MelchiorCorgie | January 16 2013

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  • Suggested Improvement
    8 Posts | Last post February 25, 2015
    • Great extension, I love it.
      The only thing I would suggest is if you can make it so when the mouse cursor is close to where the main menu is it will un-hide it.  That way you can either use the hotkeys or use the mouse to show it.
    • vote +1, this would be sweet!
    • vote +1, this would be sweet!
    • +1
    • idea++
    • If so, there may incur difficulty clicking toolbar icons.
    • +1
    • If this was supported I would be more likely to use this.
  • Doesn't work at Visual Studio 2015 Preview
    4 Posts | Last post December 03, 2014
    • I installed МЫ 2015 Preview and download Hide Main Menu 1.2v extension. But It was wote: This extension is already installed to all applicable products.
    • Please support VS 2015 Preview! Thanks!
    • To add support in vs2015. 
      Unzip .vsix
      Add into extension.vsixmanifest file in this tag "<SupportedProducts>" following 3 rows:
            <VisualStudio Version="14.0">
    • Thanks! I left "Pro" as previous, just work. It saves two lines!
  • Doesn't work with Visual Studio 2013 Express for Desktop
    1 Posts | Last post October 05, 2014
    • I have both VS 2012 Ultimate and VS 2013 Express. I open the extension and it's only compatible with the first one. Any help?
  • Visual Studio 2013 Update 1 Issue
    2 Posts | Last post May 12, 2014
    • Please support this version. I'm using VS2013UP1 for Web, I couldn't install this extension and I love this extension. I would like to work with that.
      Please support for this Version
    • Create your application so we can generate the script.
  • Support Visual Studio 2013 Preview please!
    3 Posts | Last post July 30, 2013
    • Please support the latest preview of Visual Studio 2013. More info. here: http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/eng/2013-downloads
    • +1
    • yes... do that please... 
  • Add option to enable for different modes
    1 Posts | Last post March 26, 2013
    • I Think it would be really nice to be able to enable/disable the hiding of the main menu based on the mode of Visual Studio. For example I would like the menu to be visible for normal and debug mode but hidden when switching to full screen mode. 
  • Can we hide title bar too?
    1 Posts | Last post August 21, 2012
    • This tool is nice. Would be more helpful if has an option to hide title bar too
  • Alt - m Conflict
    2 Posts | Last post May 26, 2010
    • Nice utility!  However, on the Theme menu, the use of Alt-m as a hotkey conflicts with the Alt-m on the Team menu for those of us who are using Team Foundation System.
    • Oops, sorry... wrong extension.
  • There's a bug when you ALT shortcut keys
    2 Posts | Last post April 27, 2010
    • This may not be a common problem but it's a bug nonetheless:
      * Gets the latest VS2010 bits
      * Use the `C#` environment profile
      * Assign `[SHIFT]+[ALT]+[F]` to `Project.NewFolder` in Keyboard shortcut options dialog.
      * Install the Hide Menu extension and restart VS2010
      * Load any project and click inside the Solution Explorer
      * Hit `[SHIFT]+[ALT]+[F]`.
      Expected: New folder is created.
      What happens: The menu is shown.
      Presumably because Hide Menu hi-jacked the shortcut or the focus somehow left the Solution Explorer before it has received the key combination.
      Anyway, please fix it if you can... nice extension :)
      Always love to maximize screen real estate.
      But I have lots of custom shortcuts and this is a deal breaker. ([SHIFT]+[ALT]+[C] is also the default shortcut for `new class` in default C# profile)
    • That's interesting, I was unable to reproduce that behavior on my machine (with VS 2010 RTM).  Is it at all possible your Shift key was stuck?  Is it possible there are other extensions that could interfere with keyboard input?  I even tried mapping Alt F to Project.NewFolder, and Alt F only creates a new folder without showing the menu.
      I do see this behavior when the command is disabled (for example, if a code file is focused instead of the Solution Explorer), but that's expected behavior.
      If this does repro, though, I don't believe it is the extension's fault, as the extension doesn't hijack any keyboard input.  The extension works by making the Menu's Height 0 when the Menu doesn't have focus, and adds GotKeyboardFocus and LostKeyboardFocus event handlers to the Menu.  When the menu gets focus, the fixed height is cleared.  When the menu loses focus, the Height is set back to 0.  Everything else (including all keyboard input) works as it would if the extension weren't installed.