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How to show the DevExpress menu if it is not visible

August 16th, 2010

Note, this article has been moved to the official DevExpress Support Center site. Please refer to the moved article as it might have further updates or additional comments. Thank you.

If you are using one of the free IDE tools products (such as Coderush Xpress), then your DevExpress menu may be not visible inside your Visual Studio IDE. This is a Microsoft requirement to hide this menu in products that are endorsed by them. In order to acquire access to this menu, you’ll need to edit your registry.

DevExpress CodeRush Menu

Follow these steps to make DevExpress menu visible:

1) Invoke the Registry editor (regedit.exe)

2) Navigate to the following registry key:

For 32-bit OS:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Developer Express\CodeRush for VS\%YourIDEToolsVersion%

For 64-bit OS:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Developer Express\CodeRush for VS\%YourIDEToolsVersion%

where %YourIDEToolsVersion% is the version of the IDE Tools you have installed, for example, “11.2“.

Note: if the key doesn’t exist in your System, you need to create one.

3) Add (or change) the “HideMenu” DWORD value to the registry key above and set its Value to 0 (zero).

This should make the “DevExpress” menu visible. If you have any difficulties while making it work, you’re always welcome to contact Support Services for assistance.

Products: CodeRush Xpress
Versions: all
VS IDEs: any
Updated: Oct/31/2012
ID: T023

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  1. September 15th, 2011 at 03:53 | #1

    Thanks a lot for this article. This was exactly what I was looking for.

    Just for information: Why is it endorsed by MS?

  2. September 15th, 2011 at 04:44 | #2

    @ Harald-Ren? Flasch
    Thanks! Microsoft chooses to partner with DevExpress, Visual Studio Integration Partner, to ensure that the refactoring tool would be available for Visual Basic, CSharp and C++ developers and would have the features and functionality that they feel would most benefit Visual Studio users. For more information about this partnership, be sure to read Rob Copeland’s blog.

  3. Edgar
    April 17th, 2013 at 09:52 | #3

    Thanks! This still works on the free version with XP 32 bit.

  4. April 17th, 2013 at 22:44 | #4

    This is great news, Edgar! I’m glad to hear that it is working for you.