Monthly Archives: August 2013

Launching the Source Control Explorer by default in the Visual Studio 2012 IDE

One of the things I find really annoying in Visual Studio 2012 is how hard it is to get to the Source Control Explorer in Team Foundation Server. Because of the new “drop down” interface, you have to go to “Home” and then choose Source Control Explorer. This is rather counter intuitive, and somewhat annoying.

Fortunately, there is an IDE Command: View.TfsSourceControlExplorer. You can map this to a short cut key in Tools > Options > Environment > Keyboard.


As an added bonus, you can change the shortcut that launches the Visual Studio 2012 IDE to show the Source Control Explorer by default – just add /Command View.TfsSourceControlExplorer as a parameter to the command

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 11.0\Common7\IDE\devenv.exe" /Command View.TfsSourceControlExplorer