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Window Management

Visual Studio includes numerous tools and options that help you manage windows in the integrated development environment (IDE).

To learn more about See
The behavioral differences between tool and document windows including Dockable and Auto Hide modes Window Types
Organizing window positions within the IDE Arranging Windows

Interface Modes

The IDE supports two different interface modes: Multiple Document Interface (MDI) and Tabs on documents. You can changes modes using the General pane under the Environment options in the Options dialog box.

Multiple Document Interface Mode

In MDI mode, the IDE provides a parent window that serves as a visual and logical container for all tool and document windows.

Tabbed Document mode

This mode tabs document windows together. The IDE uses this mode by default.

Tip   Use CTRL+TAB to cycle through the documents open in the editor. Similar to ALT+TAB in Windows, CTRL+TAB cycles through the most recently used, open documents.

See Also

Window Types | Arranging Windows | Customize Dialog Box | Customizing the Development Environment | General, Environment, Options Dialog Box