Visual Studio: Improved navigation through the files with RockScroll

If you have never used RockScroll you are probably most comfortable with standard scrollbar Visual Studio offers. I guarantee you, however, that the moment you install RockScroll and work with it for a while, you will miss it a lot if you switch to Visual Studio that’s not extended with it. I’ve experienced that many times when kneeled at a teammate’s desk trying to help him move on with their task. This is probably best moment when you will realize that Visual Studio misses a thing without RockScroll icon smile Visual Studio: Improved navigation through the files with RockScroll

Here are most important pros that make me think RockScroll is must-have plugin for Visual Studio:

  • Replaces standard Visual Studio scrollbar with slightly wider one which is actually a thumbnail of current file with indication what you currently see in main window. Great, especially when working with long files.
  • Highlights in red all occurrences of selected word. This is most powerful – no more ‘Find all references’ and switching context between the main window and Find Symbol Results pane.

Here’s a snapshot of how it looks (taken from Scott Hanselman’s blog):
RockScroll Visual Studio: Improved navigation through the files with RockScroll

I recommend you download RockScroll from Scott Hanselman’s blog and give it a try.

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