The VS 11 Find box (Ctrl+F) should maintain a scope separate than the Find and Replace window (Ctrl+Sift+F)
In VS 2010 these two find options maintain a scope different than each other. For example I like using Ctrl+F to find words in the current document. When I want to find something in the solution, I use the Ctrl+Shift+F window. In VS 2010 it was very easy to do this since they maintained scope independantly. It seems that in VS 11 Beta (with April update) the two options seem to share a scope. If you set the scope in the Find and Replace window to be Solution, the scope on the Find window changes to match.
We’re addressing this post Beta. Please see comments for a temporary extension you can download that provides a workaround for this issue.
Murali Krishna Hosabettu Kamalesha | Program Manager | Visual Studio Editor
Thank you for logging this issue. This has been one of the top reported bugs and we are addressing it post-Beta. In the meantime, we have an extension (link below) that should work around the issue so you can work with separate scope and search options.
IMPORTANT: The extension provides a workaround for the shared scope & options issue. Please note that this extension can be expected to work correctly only on Beta and should be uninstalled when upgrading to future versions. This extension will not be serviced by Microsoft. If you encounter any issues after installing the extension, please uninstall and restart Visual Studio.
We invite you to visit the Find Blog post on Beta
Murali Krishna Hosabettu Kamalesha | Program Manager | Visual Studio Professional – Editor team
Troy Schuetrumpf commented
Really really annoying issues, i use find in the exact same way and and find it painful to constantly change scope.