Remove titlebarbuttons from Visual Studio 2013

Microsoft has changed Notifications in Visual Studio 2013 and are proud of it. There are also the new Feedback button and User Information Card.
vs2013 titlebarbuttons

I personally hate this kind of uncontrolled buttons in my development environment. Searching Google for a way to remove this nonsense I found two solutions

  • Use Visual Commander to hide the buttons (with a timer to keep hiding them 😕 )
  • Hack the registery [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\12.0_Config\MainWindowFrameControls]

I removed the Feedback Button, UserNotifications Badge and User Information Card with the registry hack. There is an Option in Visual Studio to hide the Quick Launch or I could use the registry to hide that.

And finally a clean development environment:
vs2013 titlebarbuttons removed
All disabled items are available in the menu. Feedback under Help, Notifications under View and Account Settings under File.

Registry hacking at your own risk, make sure you have a backup.

About erictummers

My work as a recruited developer changes almost every month. I like challenges and sharing the solutions with others. On my blog I’ll mostly post about my work, but expect an occasional home project, productivity tip and tooling review.
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