As another follow up to personalising Visual Studio (I covered theming the VS IDE with the Visual Studio Desert Nights Theme not too long back), I’d like to offer the settings I run on a dual monitor setup for Visual Studio to, I believe enhance productivity and gives you easier access to common tasks. You can take advantage of this you have multi monitors or dual monitors.
My environment is that of a 3360 x 1050 resolution setup (across two monitors spanning 1680 x 1050 a piece), so these settings are geared up for that, but nonetheless these settings can still be imported on lesser resolutions and from there you can move the appropriate windows around and resize them to how you feel fit. Consider them a tepping stone to achieving your ideal window layout.
Unfortunately the code window and design window (ASP.NET, WinForms, WPF designer) positions cannot be altered as at VS version 2008 but I have done what I can with the rest to give overall more room to common tasks (primarily the coding window) and a larger solution explorer which makes finding files really easy.
So if you like what you see here and want to download the settings you can do so below:
Download: Visual Studio 2008 Dual Monitor Setup Settings
Just a clarification too by the way, when you are in Build Mode and code execution or debugging has begun, the window layout returns to a single monitor setup for ease of use and so you can still view your app or webpage on the second screen without Visual Studio taking focus; particularly useful for application debugging.
Note: This will only set window position and will not override any colours or theming you have personally customised (These settings as usual can be imported with the following instructions: Visual Studio –> Tools –> Import and Export Settings –> Import Selected Environment Settings –> Select file and personal options. You may reset your window layout to defaults at any time by click “Window –> Reset Window Layout”).