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.
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.
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?
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!!!!
OpenXML editor is suppose to open a document, excel spreadsheet... (if you drag them into VS) in the various XML parts. However, EVERYTIME 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. WHY WILL THIS NOT WORK?
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
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.
Last update older than one year, and no proof of life from the authors. Please, release the source code, it will be an excellent tutorial for developpers, and we may port to VS 2012 and by the same way get rid of the morbid design of VS 2012, there is no way to work with VS 2012 in its current state, almost all black and white, limits between tabs invisibles, edge of windows invisibles, no more the enhanced scrollbar, etc.
+1 for me, too. I really liked dpugh's extension AllMargins, especially the ehanced scrollbar. (Really, I think PowerTools should include the AllMargins extension outright, as I preferred that implementation over VS PowerTools' similar implementations (which also seemed buggy)). I definitely miss the enhanced quick info tip, and the automatic Brace/Parenthesy/Quote/etc... completion.
I really miss the enhanced scrollbar in VS2012 but it looks like no one is maintaining this tool. Has it been orphaned? Is there any process to get it opened to other developers?! I'd certainly be delighted to work on getting this moved forward (and it looks like there are plenty of others equally eager!)
It's not quite the same thing (only because it was created first and merged into Productivity Power Tools later), but you can get the same type of functionality from the 2010 AllMargins Extension (although it looks like it has been removed and only an older version is available here: http://archive.msdn.microsoft.com/OverviewMargin/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ReleaseId=3957). It is a little difficult to configure though, use this blog for help in that matter: http://www.dotnetdust.blogspot.com/2010/04/how-to-configure-allmargins-extension.html
@utdavemc Check out my extension "Code Alignment" it's much more powerful than "Align Assignments" -
@Juozas - Thanks for pointing me to the announcement! Which said, "New Productivity Power Tools for Visual Studio 2012: Additional tools and command line utilities that will be available for download in October 2012.". It's October - Where are they? :-)
(As we all know... Customers think Oct is 1 Oct... the dev team thinks 31 Oct)
Any Info on when the 2012 version will be released? I know they said October at some point, and it is fast approaching the end.....
I mainly miss the colored tabs and most importantly the Shift+Enter shortcut (I know its a small thing but so worth it)
Please upvote it on Connect. At least Microsoft posting official comments there ;-)
If you cannot get it via direct url - go thru Feedback -> "Most voted" and look/search for 'productivity'
I have found a workaround for the vertical tab feature in this extension, for use in VS 2012.
I was able to come close to getting what I want by doing the following:
) In the Solution Explorer, right-click on your project and find the "New Solution Explorer View" menu item. This creates a new and separate Solution Explorer.
) Dock the new Solution Explorer on the left.
) At the top of the new explorer, find the icon next to the "Home" (house-shaped) icon, which looks like a document icon and has a dropdown associated with it. Click on that dropdown, and select "Open Files Filter". This will restrict this particular Solution Explorer to only show open files.
This keeps your projects and open files in alphabetical order, on the left, for easy reference and access. You can use the original Solution Explorer like you always did. Until this extension is updated, this seems to be working for me.
I have the most current version of this product. I cannot get a find\replace regex like:
Replace: \1 \1 \1
To work while this extension is enabled. This is a recent development. If I disable the extension, it will work as expected. Any ideas what is happening?