RockScroll FTW

July 31, 2008
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I usually prefer to avoid just link posts, but since I have gotten this question a lot lately in my class and at user group talks, I thought i’d share.  A couple of months ago Scott Hanselman convinced Microsoft to allow him to release something called RockScroll:

This tool is an addin for Visual Studio to be a scrollbar replacement for most code windows (though it doesn’t work for XML files for some reason). It does some nifty things for me:

  • Gives me a visual layout of the file instead of hoping that I am scrolling to the right place. Just click on the preview and it moves there.
  • Bookmarks and breakpoints are marked as red and blue dots on the preview so I can find that breakpoint I set really quickly.
  • Edited lines are highlighted so I can find the last place I edited.

As Scott says in his blog, its strictly “It works on my machine” but i’ve been running with it since it’s release with zero problems and no slow-downs.  Its now a must on all my development machines!

You can download it from Scott’s blog: