Any project, no matter how small, can be improved by the use of source control. I have settled on Mercurial (through TortoiseHG) for my source control needs. I have generally been very happy and have taken frequent advantage of its ability to clone and branch cheaply.
Normally, when I wanted to work on a branch, I would clone a repository and work on the branch from that clone. That is easy and straightforward in TortoiseHG, but today I wanted to create a branch using my existing repository. Fortunately, manually creating a branch is also straightforward in TortoiseHG (if not obvious).
To manually create a new branch, simply make changes as normal on the existing repository. When you are ready to commit, look for the â€œBranch: ****â€ button on the top toolbar of the commit window:
Pressing it will bring up a windows with several branch options:
Select the â€œOpen a new named branchâ€ option and give it a name. Then commit your changes as normal.
The new branch will be created and your changes committed to it. You will now work on the new branch by default.