Many users, including me, have a sort of nostalgic longing for functionality that was available in previous versions of ArcGIS. For instance, sometimes I like to use the classic editing and snapping interface as described in this previous blog, “Setting the Edit and Snapping Environments in ArcGIS 10 to the classic (9.x) Format.” Similarly, the new Search window is great, but I miss the ability to search tools using the index tab that was available in version 9.3.1.
Call it stubbornness, resistance to change, laziness or whatever, but some of us want to be able to type just a few letters (instead of the entire tool name) and have all the tools that begin with those letters reveal themselves. Evidently quite a few people wanted this functionality brought back, as the “Bring back the Index tab in Arc Toolbox” idea garnered over 2,400 points on ArcGIS Ideas. Thankfully, we can all stop shamelessly promoting this idea because an Add-in has been made available in the Code Gallery that creates a Dockable Geoprocessing Tool Index Window for ArcGIS 10. From the Code Gallery, you can download the Add-in and install it by following the instructions provided in the description. Enjoy the nostalgia!
Jake P. – ArcGIS Desktop Support Analyst