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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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.


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.

by Kat_Development | October 16 2013

by bignewbe | October 14 2013

why i cannot install on my Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop? i have the latest version installed. anyone can help?

14-10-2013 14:36:15 - Supported Products :
14-10-2013 14:36:15 - Microsoft.VisualStudio.Ultimate
14-10-2013 14:36:15 - Version : [11.0]
14-10-2013 14:36:15 - Microsoft.VisualStudio.Premium
14-10-2013 14:36:15 - Version : [11.0]

14-10-2013 14:36:15 - References :
14-10-2013 14:36:15 - -------------------------------------------------------
14-10-2013 14:36:15 - Identifier : Microsoft.VisualStudio.MPF
14-10-2013 14:36:15 - Name : Visual Studio MPF
14-10-2013 14:36:15 - Version : 10.0
14-10-2013 14:36:15 - MoreInfoURL :
14-10-2013 14:36:15 - Found installed product - Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop
14-10-2013 14:36:15 - VSIXInstaller.NoApplicableSKUsException: This extension is not installable on any currently installed products.

by Aleksandar Totovic | October 08 2013

It's very nice

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  • Enhanced Sroll Bar Custom Color Bookmarks
    1 Posts | Last post October 25, 2013
    • Hi, thanks for the wonderful extension!
      I'm using the dark theme, It would be great if I could select a custom color for the bookmarks and breakpoints shown in the enhanced scroll bar. As it stands I'm stuck with blue dots on dark scroll bar that are hard to see. Bonus points for color coding based on shortcut task priority.
      Also, is there any way to change the task list font size? I have not been able to find it anywhere.
  • I (still) want more Tab Well rows, NOT fewer!
    5 Posts | Last post October 22, 2013
    • In VS2010 with PPT, when I pinned tabs I got (in effect) two rows of tabs.
      I see that no longer works in VS2012 / PPT.
      And I wanted (and requested, very nicely) MULTIPLE tab rows.
      While I use a portrait mode monitor and have less width to work with (enough for about five file tabs), I'm sure other developers open lots of files and would like to see multiple tab rows, too.
      I got a very nice REPLY when I requested this for PPT / 2010, but I'm sad to say now there's only a single row even when pinned.
      Please consider supporting multiple tab rows in the tab well on PPT / 2012.
      Thanks again for considering this again.
    • +1 - Multiple tab rows would be an invaluable feature!
    • +100500 I've been waiting such feature since switching from Delphi
    • just FYI.. you can get multiple tab row like functionality like PPT 2010 in VS2012.. Options->Environment->Tabs and Windows.. Under Pinned Tabs you check "Show Pinned Tabs in separate row"
      For me Color coding my tabs by project or RegEx is the feature I've been most spoiled with.
    • It is not the same. I'd like to have multiple tab rows (not only 2) to see all my opened documents without additional actions like pinning or opening a menu.
      Vertical tabs can partially solve the issue, but they occupy too much of screen space.
  • Quick access
    1 Posts | Last post October 16, 2013
    • What happened to quick access?
  • Colorized tabs for document well
    1 Posts | Last post October 08, 2013
    • I really like the colorized tabs since our solution has quite a few projects in it, but it's really hard for me to tell which tab is active.  Would you consider adding in an option to have an "'x' pixel border of 'color'" around the tab?  For instance, I'd want a 2 or 3 pixel black border around the active tab.  It's just really hard when I've got 5 related files open that are all from different projects to tell which one has "bold white text" vs just "white text (not bold)"
  • Hide specific compiler warnings via RegEx
    1 Posts | Last post September 24, 2013
    • Would it be possible to add a feature to hide compiler warnings based on a regex(or some other method)?  Some visual studio extensions, specifically Sql Server Reporting Services, show warnings that can't be hidden all all.  See this image for an example  These warnings are not serious, but they hide other more serious warnings in a sea of text.  It would be very helpful to be able to filter them out.
  • Cannot install correctly
    1 Posts | Last post September 05, 2013
    • I have tried downloading on a number of machines and even through the extensions gallery with no luck.  I keep getting the same error.  Install log details:
      9/5/2013 1:20:15 PM - Microsoft VSIX Installer
      9/5/2013 1:20:15 PM - -------------------------------------------
      9/5/2013 1:20:15 PM - Initializing Install...
      9/5/2013 1:20:15 PM - Microsoft.VisualStudio.ExtensionManager.InvalidExtensionPackageException: The file is not a valid VSIX package. ---> System.IO.FileFormatException: File contains corrupted data.
         at MS.Internal.IO.Zip.ZipIOEndOfCentralDirectoryBlock.FindPosition(Stream archiveStream)
         at MS.Internal.IO.Zip.ZipIOEndOfCentralDirectoryBlock.SeekableLoad(ZipIOBlockManager blockManager)
         at MS.Internal.IO.Zip.ZipArchive..ctor(Stream archiveStream, FileMode mode, FileAccess access, Boolean streaming, Boolean ownStream)
         at MS.Internal.IO.Zip.ZipArchive.OpenOnStream(Stream stream, FileMode mode, FileAccess access, Boolean streaming)
         at System.IO.Packaging.ZipPackage..ctor(Stream s, FileMode mode, FileAccess access, Boolean streaming)
         at System.IO.Packaging.Package.Open(Stream stream, FileMode packageMode, FileAccess packageAccess, Boolean streaming)
         at Microsoft.VisualStudio.ExtensionManager.InstallableExtensionImpl.ReadVSIXManifestFromPackage(Stream vsixStream, CultureInfo preferredCulture)
         --- End of inner exception stack trace ---
         at Microsoft.VisualStudio.ExtensionManager.InstallableExtensionImpl.ReadVSIXManifestFromPackage(Stream vsixStream, CultureInfo preferredCulture)
         at Microsoft.VisualStudio.ExtensionManager.InstallableExtensionImpl..ctor(String path, CultureInfo preferredCulture)
         at VSIXInstaller.App.InitializeInstall()
         at System.Threading.Tasks.Task.InnerInvoke()
         at System.Threading.Tasks.Task.Execute()
  • Open Command Prompt open the 2010 tool
    1 Posts | Last post August 16, 2013
    • I have both vs2010 and vs2012 installed, when I use the "Open Command Prompt" from 2012, it open the 2010 cmd. How to fix it?
  • Copy references issue
    1 Posts | Last post August 13, 2013
    • I work with a huge number of projects and have always been a fan of the Copy Reference feature to copy shared references.
      Lately I ran into problems when copying references with <b>Specific version</b> set to FALSE, the copied reference is set to TRUE.
      Please fix this
  • Printing defekt -- 10th page is always corrupted
    1 Posts | Last post August 07, 2013
    • avu
      Printing code sources from VS2012 results in corrupted 10th page of the output: no line numbers, no page header, text is shifted left. The effect persists for various languages (checked for VB and Python) and for various printers (all with PS drivers).
      Any ideas?
  • Single floating window?
    1 Posts | Last post July 30, 2013
    • Hey there, everytime I open a new document a new floating window is created, is there a way to reuse the existing floated window? I'm using a two screen setup so I really like the floating documents feature but this behavior is kind of annoying.
      I'm using VS2010.
      Thanks for the great tools BTW.
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