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by Jiří {x2} Činčura

Closing Visual Studio solution and deleting the code (extension)

20 Mar 2017 2 mins Visual Studio

During my day and over a week I fire Visual Studio countless times. Well over half of these is because I need to test something, prototype some idea, try some API or library and so on. This is really throw away code that survives only one opening (OK, maybe few times I go back to this code later in the day/week). It’s basically this flow: Open Visual Studio, create new application, write some code, close Visual Studio, delete the folder. Especially the last two steps seemed very tedious last, well, years. Thus I decided to do something with it.

I decided to write an extension for Visual Studio to help me automate these last two steps. Since Visual Studio 2005 I wrote less than five “VSIXes” (Roslyn analyzers excluded), so it was a good experience as well. The extension is called CloseAndDelete and you can download it from Visual Studio gallery.

It’s stupidly simple. It adds new Close and Delete Solution item into File menu of Visual Studio. After clicking it, and confirming prompt, the current solution will be closed and the whole solution folder will be deleted. Nothing more, nothing less. The default shortcut is Alt+4, Alt+4, similar to Alt+F4 to quickly close Visual Studio if wanted.

You can see it in action here (yes, it’s an animated gif 😃):


I tested it on Visual Studio 2017, because that’s what I have and use. Feel free to test it on previous versions and submit PR (fixing bugs is welcome as well 😉), the complete code is on my GitHub.

By the way the nice icon comes from ButterflyTronics.

Profile Picture Jiří Činčura is .NET, C# and Firebird expert. He focuses on data and business layers, language constructs, parallelism, databases and performance. For almost two decades he contributes to open-source, i.e. FirebirdClient. He works as a senior software engineer for Microsoft. Frequent speaker and blogger at