Find Results Windows Tweak – Extension #6
Increase the Readability of your Find in Files results!
One of the first tips I always demo in my talks is how to edit the registry to make the Find Results Window more readable. Many thanks to Robert MacLean who has put together this extension that provides you with a dialog box for modifying the Find in Files results.
The extension can be found on the VS Gallery at http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/7a412596-d9e4-462e-9eed-e00a92024130
It is also hosted on CodePlex at http://findresultstweak.codeplex.com/
Go to Tools – Find Results Tweak to open the dialog box which display an interactive preview. By default, the tool provides you with some recommended settings
which will remove the file path (the most important tweak you can make, IMO) and provide the (line, column) information where the result was found, as shown below
If you want the full list of customizations, you can check out my old blog post at http://blogs.msdn.com/saraford/archive/2008/11/24/did-you-know-you-can-customize-how-search-results-are-displayed-in-the-find-results-window-363.aspx
To get back to the default VS behavior, you can check Use default Visual Studio formatting. Or, if you are comfortable modifying the registry, you can manually remove that specific registry key as indicated in the link above.