By josh / April 12, 2014

These two plugins make Sublime’s side bar a whole lot more useful

Lately at my day job, I’ve been doing a lot of iPhone development. We’re a .NET shop, so we’re using a set of tools created by a company called Xamarin that allow us to write iOS and Android apps in C#. The technology is incredible, and I have nothing but respect for the Xamarin team, but …

I’m not a huge fan of the IDE I have to use. It’s slow. It’s buggy. Not a day goes by that I don’t wish I could just use Sublime.

But it does offer a few convenient features. One that I’ve come to rely on is the way it always selects the file you’re editing in the sidebar. If you want to rename or delete the file, you can just flick over the sidebar do the deed.

Sublime doesn’t work this way by default, but naturally it’s easy enough to replicate with a couple of plugins.

First, you’ll need to install a plugin called SyncedSidebar. It’s available in Package Control for Sublime Text 2 and Sublime Text 3.

Just install and go–no configuration required. Sublime will always highlight the current file, even expanding folders and subfolders to show the one you’re editing.

Now if you right-click the file, you’ll probably be disappointed at the options available. Sublime’s default context menu in the side bar is pretty sparse. You can rename and delete a file, but not a whole lot more.

That’s why you need SideBarEnhancements. This one is near the top of my must-have plugins list. It adds tons of menu items including Cut, Copy and Open in Browser. You can even get an Open With menu that lets you open files with external apps like Photoshop or Illustrator.

With these two plugins in place, Sublime’s side bar is a lot more useful.

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