Productivity Power Tools


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

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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

by Dave_Bur | November 21 2013

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

by Guibhz | July 23 2013

great extension

by Elmut | July 18 2013

by Mahesh.Nalam | July 15 2013

very useful tools

by JayDZimmerman | July 01 2013

This extension significantly enhances the usability of Visual Studio, and having the ability to turn off features is great. Well worth the download.

While the release notes claim that a fix was implemented for the quick find crash bug, it does still occur. I specifically see it when the search attempts to enter an .XSD file.

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  • Auto Brace Completion suggestion
    1 Posts | Last post August 06, 2010
    • First of all, where SHOULD I submit suggestions for the Auto Brace Completion tool?
      I have a love-hate relationship with this tool, because I love the auto-completion, but am hampered when nesting existing code into a new IF statement.  I suggest these things, to facilitate auto-completion around existing code:
      1. Hot key to toggle auto completion on and off
      2. Hot key to suppress auto completion for the next brace character typed
      3. Hot key to wrap selected text with a specific character (i.e. Alt-Shift-[, Ctrl-Alt-Shift-{, Alt-Shift-(, etc.)
      4. Option to enable auto completion for each brace type, individually
      I love the extension (though I sometimes despise it).  Thanks for including it in Power Tools!
  • Ctrl + LeftMouse "Go To Definition"
    2 Posts | Last post August 05, 2010
    • Когда наводишь мышку на тип или метод, чтобы перейти к нему, но при нажатии левой кнопки мышки ни чего не происходит.
    • (ZubArt says nothing happens when he clicks while pressing Ctrl.)
      I believe the object name turns into a hyperlink after pressing the Control key for 1 or 2 seconds, instead of immediately changing to a hyperlink.  This is likely part of the version 10.0.10710.22 fix.
  • Colors
    1 Posts | Last post August 05, 2010
    • Why did all my custom colors in my ascx and aspx were changed when I installed this plugin?
  • Solution Navigator
    1 Posts | Last post August 05, 2010
    • You can't drag a css or js file from the navigator to the head section.
      Hope this can in next version.
  • Missing Context Menus Guidelines
    2 Posts | Last post August 05, 2010
    • BFC
      The Guidelines Contextmenu items are missing, no matter where I click.
      Any idea?
    • I also have no this menu.
      I added command "Add guideline" to context menu manually, but it is always disabled.
  • Source code as full example fro VS SDK Developer ?
    1 Posts | Last post August 05, 2010
    • Hello !
      As a VS SDK developer, your extension seems a great example of the usage of all API within VS SDK.
      Do you planned to deliver this extension as source code - or at least there is a way to have access to it?
  • Color Printing
    1 Posts | Last post August 04, 2010
    • How about adding the ability to print in color?  (something you could do in VS2008, 2005, 2003...should I continue?)
      That'd make you guys my hero for sure!  (pasting code into Word and reformatting it is just icky.  Plus you lose the line numbers!)
  • HintPath fix?
    2 Posts | Last post August 04, 2010
    • Any ETA on the HintPath issue?
    • I guess not...
  • XML Schema Explorer
    1 Posts | Last post August 03, 2010
    • When I try to open the XML Schema Explorer, the 'Solution Navigator' gets the focus and the XML Schema Explorer pops up and get closed immediately again. So where's the XML Schema Explorer Window? I think it has to do with tools. Same experience someone?
  • Crash when opening a C++ test project
    1 Posts | Last post August 03, 2010
    • I can create and compile a c++ test project. However, if VS 2010 is restarted and I try to load the test project solution, VS crashes. It works fine if the 'Productivity Power Tools' extension is disabled. I am using version 10.0.10725.12.
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