Snippet Designer


Snippet Designer is a Visual Studio plug in which allows you to create and search for snippets inside the IDE

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by Alexandre Junges | February 18 2014

Awesome extension!

by Tribute 2 PanterA | October 08 2013

thanks a lot.

by formspoint | August 22 2013

Will there be a VS 2013 version?

by JoanComasFdz | June 05 2013

Very easy tool to create snippets.

Just had some weird behavior in VS 2012 Update 2: when modifying the snippet text inserting "$" characters, the DataGrid below started duplicating some items. Its not a big deal, though.

by Yann Duran | May 24 2013

Great implementation of snippet designing. Thanks!

by Dave Sexton | May 20 2013

by Aman JIANG | April 04 2013

I installed version 1.4.2 on vs2010,
start vs2010 at blank environment, file->new->file->snippet designer->code snippet, vs2010 freezed.

Open a C++ project, file->new->file->snippet designer->code snippet,
open, "SnippetFile1.snippet" appears, Visual Basic, C#, XML, JavaScript, SQL and HTML in the Language list box, but there is no C++.

I've tried many times.

Matthew Manela April 14 2013
| Edit |

The 2010 version does not support C++ snippets since the VS feature was added in 2012.

Sorry you ran into problems. Could you file an issue on which details your environment setup and repro steps.

by Coo Magic | March 29 2013

Very useful. Why this wouldn't come standard with VS is beyond me.

by HDM1 | February 14 2013

Nice tool, but for new users it may be best to use in conjunction with MSDN code snippets page

by Eyal Shilony | February 08 2013

Amazing! thank you.

by simon.vandamme | September 26 2012

by xuanvu | August 15 2012

Super useful!

by Piggy | July 31 2012

Very useful, user friendly, and stable!
A real time-saver....

Very good job
(set to my very limited list of favorites)

by BillW33 | July 18 2012

A very useful tool.

by Dzmuh | June 19 2012

Good product. Thank you.

by Robert Homes | February 24 2012

Very good!

by XAML guy | February 11 2012

Had no idea how to use it at first, would have liked a lot more hand holding and prompting to start with. Otherwise, great little tool.

by Tom McKearney | February 09 2012

Quite useful. I use it very frequently.
It's slightly awkward to use sometimes.

I wish it had a "view XML" tab on the editor or something too.

Matthew Manela February 09 2012
| Edit |

Thanks. The "view xml" tab is a great idea. I added a work item for it here:

by Rinaldo De Paolis | January 11 2012

Fantastic project will save me hours, great work :)

by Grey Ham | January 06 2012

Exactly what I was looking for. A great experience and a huge productivity boost for our team.

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  • VS 2012 and SQL snippets
    1 Posts | Last post April 16, 2013
    • I'm using Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 version 4.5.50709.
      By default, the snippet folder it is watching for My Code Snippets is at:
      C:\Users\<USERNAME>\Documents\Visual Studio 11\Code Snippets\SQL_SSDT\My Code Snippets
      (It is using SQL_SSDT rather than SQL as part of the folder name)
      Also, if you view the XML of the snippet created by Snippet Designer, it is showing Code Language="sql" rather than Code Language="SQL_SSDT".  If you manually change a saved snippet to "SQL_SSDT" (and make sure the snippet is in a folder watched by VS) it shows up in the list of SQL snippets.
      If you can make these 2 changes then SQL snippets should work in VS 2012.  Thanks!
  • suggestion
    1 Posts | Last post January 12, 2013
    • Could you please make it possible to change the title of the snippet, as well as to switch to using the original XML editor for making snippets? Thank you.
  • Will VS 2012 Express be supported anytime soon?
    2 Posts | Last post January 08, 2013
    • I read VS 2012 Express RC is supported, but now I have tried installing it into actual VS 2012 Express (no RC) and got this:
      Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8
      Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop
      VSIXInstaller.NoApplicableSKUsException: This extension is not installable on any currently installed products.
      Am I doing something wrong, or has there been some change in VS from RC to official release?
    • As far as I know extensions are not supported in Visual Studio Express Skus.
  • No Template
    5 Posts | Last post November 29, 2012
    • When I go to add a new file, the Snippet designer template is not shown.  This is the only extension I installed other than the NuGet Package manager update.  I'on Windows 64 bit, VS 2012, in a website project.
    • Were you inside of a Web Site solution? There is a known issue with web site solution not showing the template.
    • Yes, I said so in my original post :)  SO I should just create some other type of project and go form there?
    • Besides my inability to read you are right. You would need to use a different project type. I am hoping one day to figure a way around this issue.
    • I see it now, thanks for the tip!
  • C++?
    3 Posts | Last post June 19, 2012
    • This extension looks great! Any plans for C++ support?
    • Definitely, I am currently working on adding support. Barring any unforeseen complication I should have it released soon.
    • I just released an update which adds C++ support for VS 2012. 
  • Error exporting
    4 Posts | Last post June 02, 2012
    • I have installed snipped designer but when i try to export the snipped code changes, (Via Export snipped option),its doesn't open the file in usual .snippet format. Tool asks me to provide a extension for the file to be saved.I have tried even simple thing like console.Readline()( just to avoid any code mistakes) but nothing works. Any idea what might be wrong ?
    • Some more information might help me.
      1. Visual Studio Version 
      2. What project type where you in (Website, Web Application, Console App,... etc)?
      3. What other extensions do you have installed?
      4. What language is your VS in (e.g. english)?
    • its vs 2010, console app, 1033 ( us-en) locale.
    • Do you have any other extensions installed?
  • Snipets repository path
    5 Posts | Last post April 02, 2012
    • Can you please add some light how snipets explorer finds snipets files. Is it from the settings of Snippets Manager? Because it does't seems to me so. If only I have broken paths or so. Thanks. Regards. 
      Many thanks for nice tool. 
    • Ok. I find out. Path's are added to collection which is in snippet designer options. It has nothing to do what is in snippets manager settings. Thanks again. 
    • The Snippet Explorer uses an initial list of paths to search for snippets. This initial list is found through the VS registry settings but you can customize it after the initial set up.
    • Thanks again. There is some collection in Tools/Options and then 'Snippet Designer', 'General Options' and then 'Snippet Index Location'. It seems like it adds these paths to default. Isn't it?
      And aka tip - if snippet is not "working" check if xml document is valid with some redactor (notepad++).
    • In the options menu there is an open called IndexedSnippetDirectories. These are additional directories you can have the Snippet Explorer index in addition to the default directories. The default directories are the ones which Visual Studio is configured out of the box to use for snippets.
  • Shortcuts to File and View submenus
    2 Posts | Last post February 24, 2012
    • Is there a way to create shortcuts to the two submenus you need to use to create and retrieve the snippets?
      BTW, thanks for the program, its really good.
      Robert Homes
    • I am not sure what you mean. Do you want a shortcut to the snippet editor and the snippet explorer?
  • Installing in VS2008?
    2 Posts | Last post February 04, 2011
    • I'm kind of embarrased to ask this, but I have not been able to google my way out of it: How do you install this addin in Visual Studio 2008? I've downloaded the .vsix file, but double clicking on it does nothing.
      Coming to this page from Tools > Find More Extensions in VS just lets me download the .vsix...
    • The download from this site only contains the Visual Studio 2010 version of the Snippet Designer.  For the 2008 version visit this page: and download SnippetDesignerFor2008
  • Reopening a snippet after saving/closing
    2 Posts | Last post January 06, 2011
    • Is there any way to reopen a snippet with this tool after I've closed the window?  I feel like I'm missing something obvious here.  Does anyone know?
      So far, I'm loving this tool though...
    • Yep, I was missing something obvious...had a read the bottom half of the description, I would have seen that.
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