If I right click in SSMS (2008) currently I get 23 options on the context menu and that is greater that 50% of the height of the screen - I think thats plenty. If I have to go get the mouse anyway then moving to the top or bottom of the UI and picking off a button is easier in my opinion.
I guess it would depend on what options you can give me to customise the Right Click context menu. I can add/remove/reorder buttons on a toolbar with the SSMS/VS interface already. Using the context menu button on the keyboard would be OK if I am 'going solo' and not using the mouse - but then to navigate that with up/down or letter keys is slower I think. How would the Refactor/Prompt options be displayed/grouped? Can you create your own context menu - Right Alt + Shift or something to have just your(RedGate) options?
Personally I have the Standard, SQL Editor and SSMS Tools Pack toolbars visible at the top and none at the bottom of the SSMS UI; this leaves >30% of the toolbar area free (i reckon I could fit another 20+ buttons if I ever need to have them!). Toolbars can also be set to float over the UI and then can be kept close to hand but not intrusive to the editor. Its a shame they dont dock to the side of the text editor area like some other apps allow. Losing the width of a single column of buttons would be easily accommodated and be very close to hand (ie close to the cursor).
Not sure this helps - I started not liking the context menu idea but am warming to it... how about both?!!
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