Bring back vertical toolbars
I really like being able to customize the toolbars with the commands I want (so please don't replace them with a 'fixed' ribbon!) but on older visual studio versions there was more flexibility in the customisation. On modern screens which are 16x9 there is a lack of vertical space but plenty of horizontal space. Toolbars across the top of the window use that valuable vertical space that could be showing lines of code, if I could run the toolbars down the left or right edges (as I do for the Windows Taskbar) I could reclaim that code space again, like I used to be able to do. Since they're now WPF based the rotation could work really well, with even the combo boxes properly rotated (as long as the dropdown part gets rotated back again!)
I also used to be able to mix toolbar buttons into the menu strip, again reclaiming otherwise wasted screen space and allowing for more code to be displayed.
Massimiliano, that is a great tip. Not intuitive, but very effective and exactly what I was looking for.
Massimiliano Ferrari commented
You already can :-)
1) Right click the toolbar emply space
2) click "customize"
3) select the toolbar you want to make vertical
4) click the button "Modify Selection"
5) choose "Dock riglt" or "Dock Left"
You can get around the limited vertical space by putting your favorite toolbar icons into the menu bar and then hiding the normal toolbars. (In VS2008 you could do this by drag & drop in Tools|Customize, but it's vastly more cumbersome in VSE2010).
Chris Fannin commented
That is one thing they never took into consideration with the ribbon bar, etc: Us widescreen users actually lose vertical space compared to previous CRT dimensions (900 LCD vs. 1024 CRT). Being able to put customized toolbars wherever we want, including on the sides, would be helpful. This goes for any application that takes up vertical space.