TO UPPER CASE or not to upper case.

One of the more controversial points of VS2012 has been its UI.

Originally put out without any colour and with ALL CAPS on every tool window, it caused a backlash of comments pleading for these decisions to be reversed. Microsoft listened and indeed removed the tool window ALL CAPS and returned some colour to the IDE. I’ve heard it suggested by some that there may even be more colour in the final release.

However when the RC came out it became apparent that while one set of ALL CAPS had been removed, another seemed set to take its place. As those of us with the RC installed are very much aware, the main menu of VS2012 is currently ALL CAPS across the board.

UPPERCASE

There has been some wailing and gnashing of teeth over this and, as before, there have been parties on both sides of this argument.

Enter DevExpress with a CodeRush plugin to help return the choice. *Insert gratuitous fanfare here*

CR_UpperCaseMenuControl provides an additional options page which allows you to return your VS2012 RC menus to their former Mixed Case style (below)

MixedCase

For full details on the download, installation and configuration of this plugin please see its community plugin page

Here’s a sneak peak at the plugin’s options page. As you can tell, it’s a really complex and involved bit of UI.

CR_UpperCaseMenuControl

Once again, this plugin can be downloaded from this page

So let’s calm down our IDE of choice, and see what develops.

6 comment(s)
Glen Harvy

Great stuff. This is exactly why I selected DevEx as my component vendor of choice. The provision of of tools that solve an issue in a most timely fashion is an approach many others should try to emulate. Instead of waiting - 'Just do it' is a motto more should try to adhere to.

17 June, 2012
Eric Ingbar

Really? There have to be more important things to worry about in our profession. I love when people freak out over changes such as the case of a menu title.

>A<

17 June, 2012
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)

Very nice! You should add camelCase support too. :-)  (I keed).

18 June, 2012
Ben Ark

THANK YOU. I FOUND IT VERY ANNOYING THAT VISUAL STUDIO 2012 INSISTED ON SHOUTING AT ME. I'M SO GLAD YOU'VE COME UP WITH A WAY TO tone it down a bit. ;-)

18 June, 2012
Jim Foye

It's silly that Microsoft is doing this. Nice touch on the part of Devexpress to give us an easy way to fix it. One vote thumbs up.

18 June, 2012
Brendon Muck [DevExpress MVP]

And for non Code Rush users, you can set a Registry key to disable the upper-case menu:

blogs.msdn.com/.../turn-off-the-uppercase-menu-in-visual-studio-2012.aspx

19 June, 2012

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