Productivity Power Tools


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

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by Perrin Larson | September 12 2014

This addon is EXTREMELY annoying. I downloaded it for VS 2012 because I wanted the special scroll bars with code previews built in. I got those, and they are neat, but I got them along with a HOST of problems.
Including, but not limited too:

1) Sometimes, when trying to double click a var or type name to select the whole word, it now turn it into a link between the 1st and second click, so that I get messed up by going to the item definition instead of selecting the word. It does this inconsistently too, so I never know when it will happen.
2) When changing settings, it sometimes likes to change my color scheme without my permission.
3) Code coloring sometimes gets messed up. Most notably Struct names, like System.Guid, which now gets inconsistently colored as either Automatic black, or the default teal of type names.
4) Automatic indentation sometimes gets messed up at apparently random times. For example,
Sometimes it will indent properly, like:
if () {
[indent][cursor here]
and sometimes it will MASSIVELY over indent my cursor, like:
if () {
[indent][indent][indent][indent][cursor here]

Overall, I rate this addon as AWEFUL AWEFUL AWEFUL! Do NOT use!

by Ed (DareDevil57) | August 14 2014

by Barry Seymour | June 18 2014

I have to say I HATE the new find/replace dialog in VS 2013. This pack brings that awful dialog to Visual Studio 2010.

Alan Cooper, the father of the original Visual Basic, said the functionality of the programs you write must be 'discoverable.' Microsoft has been moving further and further away from this over the past ten years. First they hid the underlining under menu shortcut keys. Then they hid the menus by default in Windows. Then they added ribbons with godawful three-part (or more)keyboard shortcuts.

Now we have this ridiculously minimal and buggy find / replace dialog. What are the keyboard shortcuts to specify things like 'search by entire word' or 'match case?' No where to be found! You have to click with the mouse to drop down the options, then select one. Too many clicks, too tiny a font. Very often after making such selections, the enter key does not initiate the search -- have to press F3. I hate hate hate it.

I uninstalled this productivity pack just because it made those changes to the find/replace dialog in VS 2010.

by bcollie | June 13 2014

Pinned tabs are great and the solution navigator is pretty good as well. I would like to see the files sorted when Open, Unsaved or Edited filters are active.

by Shreeharsh Ambli | April 17 2014

essential for older VS version for sure

by afasfdadsfgsafwef | March 21 2014

Tab well colors and grouping are very helpful. Only additional feature I would like to see added would be a multilevel tab well when it is in the top or bottom position (like in the Tabs Studio extension, see link). Having the tabs on the side wastes a lot of screen space and you still can't read long file names.

by diffS | March 11 2014

I wish the Solution Navigator search should be increase the Speed and should Support wild card along with camel Case search.

by Johnny Frits | February 25 2014

The tool is very good but after installing Productivity Power Tools was not possible to navigate within the expression editor in the file .rdlc (Report) using the arrow keys. This impaired enough.
This can be changed now or is an error that needs correcting?

by leitheim | January 27 2014

This is just EXCELLENT add-on tool. It helps me to do exactly what I need in my development. I just started to use it and I'm charmed, we will see what is going to happen after some time as I had experienced some issues with add-ons regarding the cached data and slowness after certain time of use.
For now this is exactly what I needed and I hope it will stay stable and fast as it was the first time I opened the feature.
Keep up the excellent work and Thanks a bunch!!!!

by KJS100 | January 24 2014

OpenXML editor is suppose to open a document, excel spreadsheet...
(if you drag them into VS) in the various XML parts.
I try this it opens EXCEL or WORD....
WHAT needs to be turned ON to make it open the XML Parts?
Yes, Productivity Power tools have been installed
(and uninstalled and reinstalled) many times. VS has been closed
and reopened many times.

by Eugene Astafiev | December 07 2013

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by Allen Luther | November 05 2013

that's a great tool and I use this a lot in the VS2012.
But now I am using VS2013, is there any update plan for the VS2013?

by Leonardo Lourenço Silva | October 31 2013

Excellent tool !!!
Essential to all developers !!!

by Bruno Maestro | October 24 2013

With MySql database when I select the option it does not save my password every time I do the reverse must report all data.

by SegaWang | September 23 2013

Perfect tool~
PS: Is it possible for VS2008 ?

by michal_bb | September 18 2013

Productivity Power Tools == Essential VS Tools

by Gabriel Mongeon | September 06 2013

by n41ng | July 25 2013

Great extension but had to sometimes disable the searchable reference dialog feature when adding references as it causes this error

The given assembly name or codebase was invalid. (Exception from HRESEULT:0x80131047)

by JonPen | July 24 2013

This plugin seems to access all the database connections in the server explorer, i noticed this as one of the connections was not using windows authentication and i had not saved the password. so each time i righclicked a project and selected propeties the connection dialog appeared on a databse that is not related to that project or any in the solution. I not sure why this plugin might need to access all my databases, but as a precaution i will not be using this plugin as it makes me nervious.

0/10 Scary black helicopters

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  • Vertical tab reordering
    1 Posts | Last post December 19, 2012
    • I am using the 2010 version and love it, but is there a way to reorder the vertical tabs with drag and drop the same way as the horizontal tabs work?
  • Lost windows with Shift+F5 to stop debug
    1 Posts | Last post December 19, 2012
    • I'm finding if I'm debugging and hit Shift+F5 to stop, the code window I'm in disappeared ... but it's still in the menu "Window" list
      And I can't re-open it!
      Only fix seems to be use the Windows \ Windows \ Close Windows button
      Disabled other extensions, when I disable Power Tools, Shift+F5 works again
  • Productivity Power Tools remove unused imports error
    3 Posts | Last post December 14, 2012
    • I recieve an error when trying to use the "Remove Unused Imports"
      "Unabel to cast COM object of type 'System._ComObject' to interface type 'VSLangProj.VSProject.' The operation failed because the QueryInterface call on th COM component for the interface IID {...}failed due to the folling error: No Such interface supported (Exceptions from HRESULT:0x80004002 (E_NOINTERFACE))
    • I am facing the same issue, ddi you find the solution?
    • Me too, has anyone solved this? It's one of the main reasons that I installed the power tools.
  • Add ability to cycle through all open document left to right or right to left
    1 Posts | Last post December 10, 2012
    • This is very old request. All tabbed browsers works this way.
      Window.NextDocumentWellTab (in vs 2010) and Window.NextTab only cycle the documents on the visible tabs.
      At least when we select "Enable scrolling" for document well, Window.NextTab should cycle all open document.
  • Close all unpinned document command need
    1 Posts | Last post December 10, 2012
    • First. This is great extension for visual studio.
      Second. I need special command "close all unpinned document". Because visual studio "CloseAll" command closes Pinned tabs. 
      Thank you
  • Solution Navigator Problem?
    2 Posts | Last post December 05, 2012
    • In the solution navigator, I cannot move to any property's code location through it. No problem in the case of methods. How can I fix this? I'm using Visual Studio 2010 Professional SP1.
    • I mean, This solution navigator is the window which is shown when pressing ctrl + 2 keys. Surely it doesn't work for a few properties(attributes). The symtom is as below:
      1. Type the name of property : Text 
      2. Select that row by pressing up/down arrow keys
      3. Press enter key
      4. Only changes ▶ to ▼ and cannot move to the proper location
  • Solution Navigator - Folders not sorted
    1 Posts | Last post November 20, 2012
    • Please fix the sorting in the solution navigator. I currently have a folder called Services with unsorted subfolders in this order: Agent; Service; Clients; DTO; Contract; Proxy. I am using "open" files view.
  • Lost SQL Editor for custom file extensions
    1 Posts | Last post November 15, 2012
    • Using VS2012, I have set up custom extensions for db related files that my company uses (.tab,.prc, etc.) and defined those to work with the DB Tools / TSQL Editor.
      Things were perfect.
      Yesterday, I installed the Productivuty Power Tools, and I have lost the ability to use the SQL editor for those files. The SQL toolbar is not present, and the file has no color coding. It is just a plain old text file.
      Even after I unistalled the tools, my functionality is still lost.
      Has anyone experienced this behavior? What is a fix?
  • Fix Mixed Tabs suggestions
    1 Posts | Last post November 13, 2012
    • I work in a mixed-mode environment all the time, C++ and Python.  This causes a few unexpected problems with Fix Mixed Tabs.
      1) Fix Mixed Tabs will fix mixed tabs, but when it does, it touches every line in the file, which means that Enhanced Scroll bar now shows every line is green.  This is counter productive as I can no longer see the changes I actually made.  It would be better if Fix Mixed Tabs would only modify lines that actually need modification.
      2) We use tabs in C but we mostly use spaces in Python, and it occurred to me that this Power Tool would be greatly enhanced if it did a bit of analysis on the file it was editing and was able to set the tab-inserts-spaces/tabs setting based on the contents of the current file instead of a global setting.  If tab just did the right thing, Fix Mixed Tabs wouldn't needed as much.
  • Crash on Exit
    1 Posts | Last post November 09, 2012
    • Visual Studio 2010 always crashes on exit. What can I do? It's Visual Studio 2010 Pro.
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