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by George_H_ | March 14 2016

Finally, what I've been needing for years!
I wish I had seen this sooner.
Thank you very much for this very useful extension!

by Cox, Ken | February 21 2016

Very useful extension.

Rather than having to repeatedly select the file name from the Favourites menu, it would be better to have a Favourites Explorer (much like Solution Explorer) that shows only the Favourites.

Sergey Vlasov February 22 2016
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There is a Favorite Documents window that shows folders and favorites https://vlasovstudio.com/favorite-documents/favorite-documents-tool-window-in-visual-studio-2010.png

by Suknarin Chaicheaw | October 07 2015

Nice tools
Should follow file name when user change name of real file.
Should expand where 's file in Solution Explore when open file.

by gringo85 | August 21 2015

You could also remember if document was pinned or not.
Second thing is location on the screen. I personally like to split my editorial window vertically in half. After opening set of favorite documents it would be nice to have them in the same position.
Something like session in vim :)

Either way, very nice extension.

by norachuga | August 12 2015

Fantastic extension. Fixes the annoyance of navigating around huge projects, when you're only really moving between a handful of files.

by adrian.rosca | August 05 2015

I had this need for several years. Love it!

by Igor A. Vyatkin | July 08 2015

Very useful add-in. Thanks!

by tasoss | June 17 2015

Thanks for the link!After re installing version 2.0 it's working without any problems....I will let you know in case i have any problems.
Thanks again!
BTW maybe you could add links to previous versions too...
ps:i don't know why but my previous post and your answer disappear...

by Quoc Tien Nguyen | April 20 2015

Cool. love it

by Ba-R | April 16 2015

Very useful and handy! Thank you very much!

by Sunny _Kumar | March 25 2015

Excellent tool! Solved one of my ridiculous problem!!

by Ashraf Sabry | December 14 2014

Excellent and very useful

by AJCSoft | November 18 2013

This is really useful.
What I would really like adding to make it 5 star is:

+ You can right click on a single item in the solution explorer to add to favorites but not when you have selected multiple items.

+ You cannot delete items from the favorites dockable window. You have to go into organise favorites. I would like to delete them from the list in the dockable window.

+ When adding an item to favorites default to the folder you selected before so it is quick to add the next item to the same folder. This would be a real time saver.

+ Need a way to see the full path of an item in favorites so that if there are items of the same name I can tell the difference. Maybe a tool tip.

Sergey Vlasov June 14 2015
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Multiple add from solution explorer, remember selected folder and tooltips in the dockable window are now supported in v2.0.

by Hi I'm JDK | January 24 2013

Amazing! Thanks!

by hybridview | August 31 2012

This is EXACTLY what I've been looking for. Allows me to bookmark key folders in my largest solutions for quick access. I've been wasting so much time and energy manually navigating to various related files...

* Solution AND global level favorites.
* Integration into solution explorer means favorites can SELECT files/folders in the solution explorer (my favorite feature!).
* Customize the names/labels of bookmarks.
* Ability to group into folders.
* Nice and easy to use favorites manager.

by Corgalore | July 16 2012

Love this extension! I've been needing this for quite some time now as the built-in Recent Projects list is terrible. My only feedback would be to allow nested folders in the Manage Favorites interface.

Sergey Vlasov July 07 2015
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v2.1 now allows one level of nested folders.

by Indrajit Ghosh, Kolkata | February 13 2012

1. Nested folder creation should be allowed.
2. Context menu on document should be added for adding the document to the currently opened project. (Now I can only view the document).

Sergey Vlasov July 07 2015
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v2.1 now allows one level of nested folders.

by rain coder | January 19 2012

This is just what I've been looking for; thanks!.

As far as I'm concerned it's missing just one feature that would make it a 5-start extension: Add all open documents. My usage is to group files that I commonly want to work with together when working on a particular area of an app, so I typically open them all one at a time; it would be great to be able to open the 7 or 10 files I need and then add them all to a favorite folder with one click.

With Add All available this is one of my most-used extensions. Thanks!

by Viktar Karpach | October 19 2011

This one of most useful Visual Studio Add-ins. Well done.

by AdamCaviness | August 17 2011

Thank you! Just what I needed. Very pleasing, especially the considerations for locations and files.

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  • Refresh button
    2 Posts | Last post April 27, 2016
    • would it be possible for you to add a refresh button to the menu items? This button would just reload the global again after having VS open much like the method on first load? I am noticing when running more than one instance of VS if I make changes to the Favorites in one instance the other doesn't show those changes unless I close and reopen VS. Thanks!
    • Thank you for the suggestion. I'll see what I can do.
  • Environment Paths and change location of global.favdoc
    2 Posts | Last post March 23, 2016
    • Just found this and love it! however I am wondering the following:
      1) is it possible to make the absolute tag read Environment paths? For example 
       can you make it so both of these lines resolve to the same location?
      I understand it would write the first line but wondered if i manually changed the global to the bottom line so i can share with my team can you make it resolve? currently it doesn't seem to.
      I am wanting to share my global.favdoc with my team and this would help greatly. Which leads me to my next question
      2) Is there a config file or Registry file somewhere that i can change the path of the global.favdoc location. I would like to include that in our source control and point it to that location if possible. 
    • It is unfortunately not currently possible - Favorite Documents wasn't designed to support global settings sharing.
      I'll add it to my todo list. Thank you for the feedback.
  • Hot Key and Document Groups
    4 Posts | Last post March 11, 2016
    • Just got this and it is great, Just curious if about a couple of features I can't find...
      1)   Is it possible to Hot key Documents or Sets of documents by using a hot keys instead of menus?
      2)   Is it possible for the the documents to open into separate/specific VS Document Groups instead of just the main document group?
    • 1) These commands are not available for keyboard bindings. Technically, they probably can be invoked using Visual Commander and then you can assign a hotkey to a Visual Commander command. Do you frequently switch to a document or to a set of documents to warrant a hotkey combination?
      2) It is not possible to open a document in a separate/specific tab group due to absence on an API in VS to work with document tab groups.
    • 1) A typical Situation is that I will begin an issue by opening up several related files (typically base class that are implemented/inherited by several others) according to my task to be worked. The numbers of groups is finite such as publishing, subscribing etc.
      I have VsVim installed and seldom use my mouse at all, so I normally open all my files using the "ctrl + ;" shortcut and entering the filenames and then jump between files using "ctrl + tab" shortcut as needed.
      It is not terrible to have to reach for the mouse once to open my group of files, it just interrupts my normal flow to leave the home row. Either way Opening my groups by a hotkey or a couple mouse click is very helpful.
      2) It's too bad this isn't possible but it would be a nice to have the ability to restore Document Groups states since I almost always work with several related files for any issue I work on.
    • To reach a menu item with keyboard you can add & to a character in the name. And you can change the main Favorites menu name to &Favorites or Fav&orites. 
  • Favorites Not saving...
    2 Posts | Last post January 21, 2016
    • I'm not sure what's going on.
      I had a notification pop up saying I needed to "Log Out" before changes could take effect - no big deal right, log off, it goes to the lock screen, and you just log back in.
      I clicked OK, and the machine instead did a full system restart - which force closed my two open visual studio 2015 projects that were running at the time.  In each of them I has a several favorites defined organized into several folders.
      After the box re-booted I reopened my projects only then discovering that none of the favorites or folders I had created were saved ( only a few items I created the day before were preserved )...
    • Paul,
      Favorites are saved to a file right after you have created them. Global links are stored in "%APPDATA%\Sergey Vlasov\Favorite Documents\1.0\global.favdoc". Solution specific ones are stored next to the solution file with the .favdoc extension. Can you check for backup copies of these files?
  • Save line position?
    5 Posts | Last post January 20, 2016
    • Is there a way to save what line the view was at when the bookmark was made?
    • Excellent question! I'll try to add this functionality to the next version.
    • v2.1 now saves the current line/column and can open it even if other lines were added to the file.
    • I just downloaded and installed the current version (2.1) into VS2015, but when I add a favorite while it appears to open to the line I saved it at, it does not display that line.  The favorite view only seams to have a single column of data displayed with a tag which the user types in and defaults to just the file name.  I'd like to see the user entered tag, and other columns like file and line number .
    • Paul,
      Thank you for the feedback. If you want to show file name, you can just keep it when entering a user tag. The full file name is also displayed in a tooltip when you hover the mouse over a favorite in the Favorite Documents tool window. I'm not sure a line number can help to describe the favorite destination; it also changes as you edit the document.
  • Not working in Visual Studio 2013 (Shell)
    5 Posts | Last post August 20, 2015
    • I've installed the latest version of the tool (2.1) and I'm trying to use the plugin in VS 2013 Team Explorer.  The 'Favorites' menus appear in VS 2013, however when I try and select any command (e.g. Organize Favorites, View->Favorites window) nothing happens.  I also installed Visual Studio 2013 Shell (Isolated), but that didn't fix the problem.  I also have VS 2012 Ultimate Edition installed on my workstation, and it works fine in that version.
    • It looks like Favorite Documents is now in hidden state. Please delete the following registry value if it exists:
    • I deleted the following key:
      It didn't seem to make a difference (do I need to reboot?).  The 'Favorites' menu appears in VS 2013, but none of the commands work when I select them.
      Any other ideas?
    • Please, send me (SergeyVlasov@vlasovstudio.com) Process Monitor's log of your VS 2013 Team Explorer startup.
    • I just sent you the process monitor log as requested to your email.  Thanks!
  • Reordering
    4 Posts | Last post August 06, 2015
    • It'd be really nice if we could change the order of things in the favorites!
    • You can change order in the Organize Favorites dialog by dragging favorites with the mouse.
    • I must compliment you on the great extension, I use it every day! It would be great if Organize Favorites functions were integrated directly in the Favorites window so it behaves more like the Solution Explorer.
    • Adrian,
      Thank you for the feedback. I'll try to add more functionality to the Favorites tool window.
  • Some Questions
    3 Posts | Last post July 07, 2015
    • Hey there.
      At first i must say, that this is an awesome extension, especially according to my projects in the TFS2010.
      And this leads me to my first question:
      Is there any way to setup Favorites directly from the Sourcecode-Explorer?
      If i try this, the extension tells me * Sourcecontrol-Explorer is not a document and can't be added to favorites. * because of the missing context i think...
      And this one causes my next question:
      Are there future plans to add a 'Run with' feature?
      If i wanna bookmark some foreign project-types, not supportet by VS2010 by default, the extension opens the link with the VS2010 text-editor.
      My suggestion is to add an - as mentioned above - run with feature, which allows me to specify an application that executes my favorite.
      So long  
    • Angel,
      1. You can only create links to folders in Source Control Explorer. When you open this link later, the Source Control Explorer window is activated and the folder is selected. 
      2. I plan to add a feature to bookmark external files that will be opened with the default Windows handler for this file type. Will it suit your needs?
    • v2.0 now supports running external files.
  • Possible to change the color of the background of the favorites list?
    7 Posts | Last post June 14, 2015
    • By default, this box is white. What setting in Fonts & Colors should I change to make it different? Is it possible?
    • If you ask about the Favorite Documents tool window, its background is the same as the global Windows window content color. 
      I should probably implement VS theming for to it.
    • That'd be fantastic :) Right now, my VS is entirely dark except for that one block
    • I've added theming for the tool window. Please, have a look: http://vlasovstudio.com/favorite-documents/FavoriteDocuments_171.vsix
    • Version 1.7.1 with theming really is nice.  Thanks!  Did you realize that the built-in update tool doesn't realize this update is available?  It shows 1.7.0 installed as being the latest.  If I hadn't have gone digging through the Q&A to see if the question had already been asked I wouldn't have known through the regular update methodology.
    • Thank you for the feedback. I haven't uploaded v1.7.1 to the Visual Studio Gallery yet...
    • v2.0 with this fix is now uploaded to the Visual Studio Gallery.
  • Open tabs are not reopened after VS restart.
    2 Posts | Last post October 21, 2014
    • Really great adding. But there is one problem:
      If I save tabs in favorites once (no matter Global or Solution-specific), then open tabs are not reopened after VS restart. Only deleting of ".suo" file helps.
      Is there a way to solve this problem?
      (Visual Studio 2012 + Productivity Power Tools 2012)
    • Favorite Documents doesn't use .suo files and other VS services to store lists of files. So, normally it should not have any effect on tabs reopening.
      I've installed VS 2012 PPT + Favorite Documents, but couldn't reproduce this problem.
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