Productivity Power Tools 2012

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A set of extensions to Visual Studio 2012 Professional (and above) which improves developer productivity.

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4/4/2013
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by donschia | June 19 2014

Yay. I can ALT+Arrow my lines up and down again. Also the tab well is usable now.
No more Control+Tab Control+Tab Control+Tab Control+Tab Control+Tab flurries to try to get back to a previous file.
This is an excellent set of enhancements, Microsoft!

by chriga | May 21 2014

Great!

by dhruvin gajjar | April 28 2014

All the features are great except one related to Custom Document Well -> Color tabs by project.

When it colors the tabs, it creeps into the eyes. I wish instead of coloring the tab name completely, they could given an option to just add one colored dot or use the colored underline for the tab names. That would make it a five star tool for me to use.

by Sam_Viper | March 27 2014

I like the tools but I created a guideline and there is no way to delete them. HELP!!

by Kevin Ison | January 31 2014

Nice tool set EXCEPT the column guidelines functionality is broke... I created
3 guidelines and could not remove them. I had to go into the registry
to delete the guides.

Please fix this!!

by Proco | January 27 2014

Very helpful

by Senthamil | January 15 2014

Nice tools

by Dunemaster | December 24 2013

Stable and useful.
Most useful for me:
* "Custom document well" options adds support for closing file tabs with one click, without popup menus
* Code HTML copy

by Michael Obermeyer | December 16 2013

by Batmanuel | November 14 2013

I tried it on Visual Studio 2010 (back then) and was great. Now I need to know how well it works with Visual Studio 2013 as I want to color my code.

by SethMoore | November 14 2013

I love these tools

I wish they were baked into the product. It makes me sad that every time I upgrade VS I have to wait to get the features I'm missing.

So 5/5 for the tools.
1/5 for not having them in vs2013 OOB :)

by Frank Robijn | November 08 2013

I'm very surprised that these essential features are still not part of Visual Studio itself. Please provide a 2013 version, as VS2013 lacks the document well, the format/organize on save options, the ctrl-click to definition.

by SomeGuyNamedAndy | November 07 2013

I love this extension. Please update it for 2013.

Thanks!

by Eman86 | November 06 2013

I love this extension, please please please make this available to VS 2013, I miss the tabs layout feature that put my tabs to the left of my project. That should be a default action of Visual Studios in my opinion.

by Tom Mohoric | November 04 2013

Great set of extensions! Looking forward to an update for use with VS 2013!

by BD Moby Disk | October 31 2013

I got this for the HTML Copy feature, but many other features interfere with Visual Studio in some way:
* You can't tell which tab is active with the colored tabs.
* The enhanced intellisense:
- Is slower.
- Does not save any keystrokes. It types the closing paren for you, but then you have to hit end then semicolon instead of close paren semicolon. That saves nothing.
- When you call a method that takes an enum, the default intellisense selects that enum by default. The new intellisense does not.
- Fixing mixed tabs and spaces is nice, but that pops up on files that are read only such as TFS diff windows, or files that are not checked out. Since there is already a menu option to do this, the bugs outweigh the benefits.

Overall, this is a nice testing ground for new Visual Studio features, but they need revising to be truly useful.

by SamCPP | October 29 2013

Go to definition and coloring build window are great. Is there a plan for VS2013 version?

by StoneCC94 | October 18 2013

Will this be updated for VS 2013? I greatly miss the enhanced Document Well...

by Mark Good | October 17 2013

I love these tools. This seems like a great way to evaluate features to go into a future version of VS.

by Dan Jarvis | October 17 2013

I cannot figure out how to turn off the automatic brace closing thing. I turned if off in the settings dialog but it is still doing it. It's really interfering with my normal way of coding. I like the other features, but I really wish I could turn off whatever it did to my brace/bracket settings.

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  • IDE hangs when printing under Win 8, 8.1, Srv2012 R2 (corrected text)
    2 Posts | Last post July 11, 2014
    • Productivity Power Tools Extension fail to print with Visual Studio 2012 Ultimate (Update 4) under Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2. Mainly I use it to print from the editor the syntax highlighted text.
      It appears not possible to print - the Visual Studio 2012 IDE hangs shortly after giving 'Print' command. The issue is noticed only under these systems, the latest updates were applied
      The same happens also with Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate. Something goes wrong, in particular, if we make print out via 'Adobe PDF' printer driver the file with name "Xps Document.pdf" is created, which means that printing subsystem is used wrong way. I think it is necessary to install some addition absent in the system but present in Windows 7.
      But if we disable the extensions the print possibility returns. I would like to use modern Windows to run both Visual Studio 2012 and 2010, but without syntax highlited printouts it is not that handy.
      
    • Sorry, let me reply my question. It seems I understood what was wrong.
      Color print of the text with syntax highlight works under modern Windows but not through 'Adobe PDF' printer driver of Acrobat Pro version 9 (9.5.1). This is the fault of Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro, but not of Windows, I suppose, as everything works ok if we use Acrobat XI Pro instead. But I prefer version 9 to 11. Has anyone tested the print through Acrobat Pro 9.5.5 'Adobe PDF' driver in Windows 8, 8.1 or 2012 R2? 
  • IDE hangs when printing under Win 8, 8.1, Srv2012 R2
    1 Posts | Last post July 11, 2014
    • Productivity Power Tools Extension fail to print with Visual Studio 2012 Ultimate (Update 4) under Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2. Mainly I use it to print from the editor the syntax highlighted text.
      It appears not possible to print - the Visual Studio 2012 IDE hangs shortly after giving 'Print' command. The issue is noticed only under Windows Server 2012 R2, although the print through these extensions is possible (tested) under Windows 8 Ultimate and Windows 8.1 Pro.
      The same happens both with Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate. Something goes wrong, in particular, if we make print out via 'Adobe PDF' printer driver the file with name "Xps Document.pdf" is created, which means that printing subsystem is used wrong way. I think it is necessary to install some addition for Windows Server 2012 R2 absent in the system but present in other operating systems.
      But if we disable the extensions the print possibility returns. I would like to use Windows Server 2012 R2 to run both Visual Studio 2012 and 2010, but without syntax highlited printouts it is not that handy.
      
  • Feature PresentOff
    1 Posts | Last post July 07, 2014
    • I have a problem with feature PresentOff, I turned on the feature but I can't turn off it now. Do you know how I can fix it?
  • Pin status setting is not sticking
    2 Posts | Last post July 03, 2014
    • I have VS 2012 Update 4. Noticed recently that the pin status setting is not sticking. I have a few files pinned that I would like them to stay pinned when the project is opened. Does anyone else have this issue?
      Thanks in advanced.
    • Forgot to add, if you disable Power Tools 2012, the pinned files will stay pinned when the project is loaded. Pretty sure it is an issue with the extension.
  • Reg Ex colored tabs have wrong unselected text color
    1 Posts | Last post June 20, 2014
    • For regex colored tabs the unselected color is white instead of black as configured in settings http://i.imgur.com/irmvAMr.png
      It was the same also for default existing regex settings for .cs files etc.
      
      I have VS2012 Update 4 and Power Tools 11.0.60403.0
      
  • does not apper
    2 Posts | Last post June 04, 2014
    • I can see the Power tools installed in Extensions and updates, but cannot see it on project..I have vs2012 and vs2012 13 installed
      
      Non of the features are visible
    • I have used to before..its some how not appearing. I can see it installed in "Extensions and updates"
  • How do I assign a shortcut to a Quick Task?
    1 Posts | Last post May 15, 2014
    • In particular, I'd like to be able to assign a shortcut to CollapseRegions. Having to select Quick Launch and then type "@tasks CollapseRegions", or even "@tasks C", is really slow.
  • Bug: text shown as link
    1 Posts | Last post April 28, 2014
    • If I have my cursor on a variable and press ctrl+space to autocomplete, it will autocomplete and show the variable as a blue link until I hover over the "link" and press ctrl.
      
      Have on idea where to report these bugs :)
  • Display parent folder in ASP.NET MVC
    1 Posts | Last post April 04, 2014
    • Although color coding tabs by project is useful, I would like the ability to view the parent folder e.g. "Views/{Home/Index.cshtml}" or "Views/{Cart/Index.cshtml}" since I find it hard to identify which view the tab is representing since the View page name is the same i.e. "Index.cshtml".
  • Interactive Tooltips
    14 Posts | Last post April 02, 2014
    • Would be nice if you brought back this feature from 2012 Power Tools: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/13729598/visual-studio-2012-pro-power-tools-class-method-name-hover-tooltip
    • Second that. Please bring it back, that was one of the most awesome features!
    • Yes please! This was the best feature, brilliant idea taking it out.
    • +1 -- This feature was something I used on a regular basis.
    • +1  I just now finally upgraded to 2012.  I used this constantly when coding.  I was amazed that it was taken out and almost considered going back to 2010 to get it back.
    • +1 Missing this very much!
    • PLEASE PLEASE Please bring it back
    • +1 This feature was a HUGE productivity booster. Even with the improvements of 2012 (and my addition of ReSharper) I still don't feel as productive if I can't quickly see the members with the interactive tooltips. Please consider this as a feature for 2012/2013.
    • I feel crippled without interactive tool tip.
      
      Please bring it back. Please......
    • Please bring this feature back - the solution explorer isn't nearly as useful, especially for library classes and methods.
    • +1  Please bring this back.  It was a huge time saver!!
    • Agreed - since CodeLens is only available to Ultimate subscribers, this tool should be added back to the productivity tools (unless that was why it was removed?!)
    • +5
      You've got to bring back that feature !   It was an incredible time saver and productivity booster. . .   I cannot imagine what you were thinking when you decided to drop it.   Should we ALL ROLL BACK to 2010 to get that feature back ??
    • Yes, PLEASE bring back this feature, and make it available in VS 2013 as well. It's the single feature that's keeping me from upgrading from VS 2010!!!
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