Float, dock, or move a workspace panel

Visual Studio 2012

You can move any panel or panel group to a different location in the workspace or to your desktop.

Dragging a panel tab

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Dragging a panel group

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Do one of the following:

  • Double-click the title tab of a panel or the gray area in the title bar of a panel group.

  • Drag the title tab of a panel, or drag the gray area in the title bar of a panel group, until you pull it out of its location.

    Dragging panels and panel groups to float them

    Dragging panels and tabs to float them

AutoHide collapses a workspace panel, leaving the panel name visible within a vertical tab. For more information, see Hide or pin a workspace panel.

  • Click or move your pointer over the vertical tab for the panel to make it expand, and then double-click the title tab of the panel (not the vertical tab).

  • Drag the title tab of a floating panel, or drag the gray area in the title bar of a floating panel group, to a new location inside the workspace.

    Blue lines appear when your pointer has moved over a docking area. Docking areas typically include the borders of existing panels, the borders of the window, and the title tabs of existing panel groups. When your pointer moves over borders, a gray highlight appears to identify the location where your panel will dock if you release your mouse button at that location. When your pointer moves over existing panels, a blue bounding box appears.

    Dragging a panel to dock it into a panel group

    Docking a panel below another

    Docking a panel between two other panels

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    Docking a panel by splitting the panel in half

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    If you release the mouse button in a location where no blue lines appear, the panel will float.

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    You can reorder tabs within a panel by dragging the tabs.

  • Double-click the title tab of a floating panel or the gray area in the title bar of a floating panel group.

AutoHide collapses a workspace panel, leaving the panel name visible inside a vertical tab. For more information, see Hide or pin a workspace panel.

  • Click the vertical tab for the panel to make it expand, and then click Turn off AutoHide 7e26bd19-d158-42da-9be5-ea8ec42eea62.

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