Do you use a varying number of monitors depending on where you are working? If so, you might find this little tip helpful.
Including my laptop, I use three screens at work, but only one (the laptop) when away from the office. At work, I place a bunch of windows from VS over to one side in a nicely organized way, as in the picture above.
This works nicely with three screens, but as soon as I open Visual Studio on my laptop alone, all these windows pile on top of each other, and are only in the way. When working on a single, smaller screen, I therefore prefer to keep all this windows docked and minimized inside the main Visual Studio window.
So how do I switch quickly between these to window set-ups?
To avoid having to manually re-arrange your windows, you can export your settings, and import them again when needed. You’ll find this under Tools > Import and Export Settings.
First, you’ll want to export your current settings. As you can see, you have a lot of options for what to include. Since I tend to keep most of the other settings as they are however, I generally only export and import the Window Layouts, which you’ll find under All Settings > General Settings.
Complete the wizard to store your settings in a file.
Now, you can import them again in a similar way from the same wizard:
Browse and select the file with the settings you want. Complete the wizard, and the windows will arrange themselves as before. This only takes a few seconds, and lets you switch easily between different layouts.