VSCommands for Visual Studio 2012

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by Stampos | June 04 2013

Worth it just for the drag and drop protection to anyone running SVN.

by Matt DiTrolio | May 31 2013

One of my favorites!

by Richard Dutton | May 31 2013

Essential Visual Studio extension from an awesome developer, always the first thing I install on any machine I work on.

by Paiden36 | April 30 2013

Very useful extension that is one of the first extensions I always install after installing VisualStudio. Makes life for many not so common development tasks (e.g. edit project/solution file, ...) so much simpler.

One tip for the developer of this extension (if you don't know already). The extension now has about ~8.5MB in size (The largest I've seen till today, if I remember correctly). If you extract the VSIX and rezip it with for e.g. 7-Zip in Ultra compression mode it will only have ~3.8MB and will still simply work. I know in times where nearly everybody has DSL it doesn't matter that much. But why download 8.5MB when you can achieve the same thing with 3.8MB :-).

Keep up the good work.

by Xperiandri | March 09 2013

Very useful set of tools.
But it would be better to integrate settings into native Visual Studio setting window.

by Selcuk ERMAYA | March 05 2013

Awesome tool! Thanks!

by Karel Kral | March 04 2013

With all of my last items in taskbar are gone forever!

If VS 2012 is pinned to taskbar, there should be recent items displayesd on right click. But after installing all items are gone and all I can see is Startup Modes!

Uninstalled VS Commands but recent items are still gone.

Quick fix: Unistall VS Commands and delete C:\Users\<profile>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\CustomDestinations\aff2ffdd0862ff5c.customDestinations-ms

Squared Infinity [Jarek Kardas] March 05 2013
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Thank you for reporting this bug, the fix will be ready later today.

UPDATE: Fix has been published with
Here's more information about what has been changed: http://vscommands.squaredinfinity.com/blog

by WillFoster | January 30 2013

This is a fantastic tool which no developer should be without; Jarek also responds faster than the speed of light to any issues encountered!

by thnk2wn | January 30 2013

Exception Type : Microsoft.Practices.Unity.ResolutionFailedException&#x000D;&#x000A;Exception Message : Resolution of the dependency failed, type = &quot;SquaredInfinity.Foundation.Configuration.Services.IConfigurationService&quot;, name = &quot;(none)&quot;.&#x000D;&#x000A;Exception occurred while: while resolving.&#x000D;&#x000A;Exception is: InvalidOperationException - The current type, SquaredInfinity.Foundation.Configuration.Services.IConfigurationService, is an interface and cannot be constructed. Are you missing a type mapping?&#x000D;

Squared Infinity [Jarek Kardas] January 30 2013
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Hi, I believe latest version ( should fix this issue.

by JimMarq | January 30 2013

UPDATE: Putting this back up to a 5. I sent Jarek an email, and he had already (within 10 minutes) updated the extension to address my issue. I can't complain about that kind of turn-around!!!

For reference, fixed the problem found in the issue below.

Exception Type : Microsoft.Practices.Unity.ResolutionFailedException Exception Message : Resolution of the dependency failed, type = "SquaredInfinity.Foundation.Configuration.Services.IConfigurationService", name = "(none)". Exception occurred while: while resolving. Exception is: InvalidOperationException - The current type, SquaredInfinity.Foundation.Configuration.Services.IConfigurationService, is an interface and cannot be constructed. Are you missing a type mapping?

by pioners | January 03 2013

Can't live without this extension :)

by TechoNeto | December 27 2012

Like it

by Ofir Shemesh | December 19 2012

this version for VS2012 is not yet mature, lots of the features are not working at all (zoom saving for example), and some are not fitted to VS2012 new look (black text for example).

Squared Infinity [Jarek Kardas] March 04 2013
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Hi, I believe that zoom saving should be fixed now. As for black text issue, could you point me to the window in which it happens? Thank you in advance,

by bobfox | November 30 2012

1) Installed latest build today on latest DevExpress bits and problem is not fixed!

2) Options pages display with dark/black foreground on dark VS skin.
Have to switch to light VS skin just to be able to change options!

Squared Infinity [Jarek Kardas] November 30 2012
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Hi, by problem not fixed do you mean that Visual Studio still crashes? Could you please email me at jarek@squaredinfinity.com so we can try to figure out what is wrong?

Thank you in advance,

by LFLF | November 28 2012

Crashed VS 2012

Several hours missed because of this plugin.

Not installing again

Squared Infinity [Jarek Kardas] November 28 2012
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Hi There, Last build didn't play well with DevExpress addin due to compatibility issue. It has been fixed now, so you can either get latest version of VSCommands or latested build of DevExpress addin from http://www.devexpress.com/Support/Center/Issues/ViewIssue.aspx?issueid=B230186

by Dexter L | November 26 2012

Crashing to Desktop on all 4 of my boxes

Squared Infinity [Jarek Kardas] November 26 2012
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Hi Dexter, latest version has known compatibility issue with DevExpress addin. Fix for this will be available tomorrow. Thanks, Jarek

by milasch | November 26 2012

Getting an exception when starting visual studio 2012 premium.

Have to uninstall, it's unusable as it is.

Exception Type : Microsoft.Practices.Unity.ResolutionFailedException&#x000D;&#x000A;Exception Message : Resolution of the dependency failed, type = &quot;SquaredInfinity.Foundation.Configuration.Services.IConfigurationService

Where can I report this bug?

EDIT: Yeah, it's fixed. I'm yet to explore the goodies and then I'll give my rating =]. Thanks Jarek

by Sevanmarc | November 20 2012

by Axel Eckenberger | November 17 2012

Great piece of software, helping the developer without forcing her to do things in a certain way.

by CAD bloke | October 31 2012

Sweet. Can't wait for more VS2010 features to arrive in this version.

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  • Output coloring stopped working
    1 Posts | Last post Wed 8:53 PM
    • I currently have VS2012 with VSCommands installed. I don't know if installing VS2013 side-by-side has anything to do with this, but I notice today that in VS2012, the output coloring is no longer taking place. I tried recreating the fonts and colors category in VS options, but that didn't help.
      What happened and how do I resolve this??
  • vsc:BranchName
    1 Posts | Last post April 03, 2014
    • One thing that I searched for that wasn't obvious in the help for Solution Badges was how to change from "default" branch when hitting Alt+Tab and in the custom Start Page.
      I finally found {vsc:branchName} and put it in my Mercurial Branch Name Pattern. I am now very happy with the product and if all goes well will be presenting it to the team for purchase.
      It would be very helpful to have a documented list of these tags and link to them in the help for Solution Badges.
      Thanks! I love the product.
  • R# Incompatability?
    1 Posts | Last post February 12, 2014
    • I have R# installed and as soon as I install VSCommands, the intellisence in XAML stops working. For example, when I am trying to add the design datasource 'd:DataContext' and 'd:DesignInstance', after ':' it does not provide me with the possible choices. I need to uninstall VSCommands and reinstall R#, only then I get the functionality back. Does anyone have the same problem, or know how to fix it?
  • Solution Badges not shown
    1 Posts | Last post December 10, 2013
    • The solution badge not shown since yesterday's crash of VS2012, after that, even if I remove/reinstall this extension, the solution badge will not show, it always appears as a loading symbol like this snapshot: http://postimg.org/image/ll4j55ms1/
  • File Structure not opening in VS2012-U4 on Windows Server 2012
    1 Posts | Last post November 21, 2013
    • Haven't had any luck getting File Structure to work at all on this 2012 server OS. Just updated VS to Update 4 and File Structure didn't work. Uninstalled VSCommands, reinstalled... still nothing. The window doesn't open at all. Tried both from the Tools menu and the key command to launch it. Bummed.
  • View Code/Desgigner buttons
    4 Posts | Last post November 14, 2013
    • Now that you've added the 'Disable Graph Provider' feature, could you also add 2 buttons to the Solution Explorer: 'View Code', 'View Designer'. 
      (I should say put back because they somehow were removed in VS2012 but I really do not see how you're supposed to easily open the code of a form for example without first expanding the tree...)
      Thanks for a great extension...
    • Hmm I actually see this new feature is only in the VS2013 edition? Is it coming to VS2012?
    • Hi!
      Yes, 2012 version will be updated by Monday.
      as for 'View Code', 'View Designer', I can see them in 2012.
      What project type do you use (I tried with WPF).
    • Standard winforms...
  • Code block end tagger: switch blocks
    1 Posts | Last post November 14, 2013
    • Switch blocks don't appear to have the code tag end blocks.
  • Purchase?
    5 Posts | Last post November 13, 2013
    • This says free here but on the website you need to pay? What are the differences between paid and free version?
    • Hi,
      Most features are in free version, but others are only available in PRO (code block end tagger for example). I apologise for lack of clarity on which is which, the detailed differences will be published soon when I finish next batch of work.
    • it's been over a month and i have not seen where you list the the diff between free and pro.  i will not buy anything out of my own pocket, mainly because i am self employed and just don't have money when there are so many other developers that offer the same things for nothing.    i would like to maybe install the free if it is ad free and has what others don't offer.  thanks  rf
    • Yeah there is a bit of ambiguity when it says Free and when installing the vsix the "Free" license is not mentioned at all in the EULA. I kind of feel a little criminal now because I agreed to this just to install it based on your mentioning of some kind of Free license. I think you really should clear this thing out by just adding the description of what the "Free" license is or just say clearly there is no Free license. Other than that the tool seem very useful on first touch. Thank you. 
    • Hi guys!
      Sorry for late response. I've been busy getting things ready for VS2013 launch. Features comparison will be added to the website soon after launch on 13th.
  • Usability of Attach to IIS
    5 Posts | Last post October 31, 2013
    • Please provide a way to filter out websites in stopped state.
    • Hi Kerem, could you tell me bit more about usability problem in your case?
      Maybe you could send me a screenshot to jarek@squaredinfinity.com?
      I'll make sure to fix this soon.
    • The previous version only showed running IIS processes.  If there was only one running process it was attached to without any dialog.  The current version shows every single IIS web site along with every single virtual directory/application.  My machine has about 40+ items that show up in the dialog and at any given time only 2-3 are actually running.  The rest are mostly NEVER running or are virtual directories that run in the same app pool as something else.  Its just too much.  It should be by w3wp as it was before.
    • I also need this feature. Its strange numerous plugins and VS do not make attaching to iis convenient.
      Meanwhile maybe this can help you - http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/8cccc206-b9de-42ef-8f5a-160ad0f017ae.
    • Hi Alex,
      If you're attaching to websites in current solution you can just tick 'automatically attach to all in current solution' to do that without the dialog. 
      The problem with simply attaching to w3wp is that it covers just few use cases, but not majority of them. Reason why you see the dialog is that in many setups you may have several w3wp running (it allows you to select exactly the one you want) and also many IIS Express instances running too.
      Furthermore, w3wp may not be started for site you want in which case Attach to IIS will start it for you.
      Having said that, I'm already working on more flexible solution where instead of showing dialog box you can just dock a 'Quick Attach' tool window and easily attach to anything from there. It's still work in progress but first version will be released shortly. Here's a screenshot of how it looks now: http://i.imgur.com/rN3amoU.png
  • Can I disable features?
    2 Posts | Last post October 29, 2013
    • I installed VsCommands for the "Copy/Paste As Link" feature, but I've spent the last hour trying to fix all the text/font/coloring issues it has given me. "Override output window text color" when checked or unchecked makes no difference. I want to disable all theme-related features.
      Had a few other issues too, including that reloading a project (when the .csproj is edited externally) now takes much longer. Sorry to say that, as a time-saver, this add-in has a lot of catching up to do. It has great potential.
      Is there a way to disable any/all the features of VsCommands and keep only the "Copy/Paste As Link" feature?
      Does anyone know of another extension that allows files to be copy/pasted as links?
    • Hi,
      "Override output window text color" only works with text not caught by other rules (so you can change default color from say black to grey). It doesn't turn all coloring on/off - but I'll add such option in future release.
      Could you let me know what text/font/coloring issue is it giving you? I didn't have any other reports of that so it would be great to know.
      Also note that on some systems (depending on security settings) you may need to run Visual Studio as administrator at least once and then go to Tools | VSCommands | Options | Output Windows | Recreate Fonts and Colors category.
      as for reloading times for .csproj, I'll do some tests soon to see what's happening and fix if able to reproduce locally.
      Also note that all Visual Studio extensions run in the same process and there are many instances when one will conflict with another so it would be great if you could send me the list of your installed extensions to Jarek@squaredinfinity.com
      Thank you in advance,
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