Productivity Power Tools

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

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2010
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11/9/2012
10.0.20626.18
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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.

http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/EBF6137E-AA2D-4DC9-860A-F04168F11CD7

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.
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?

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

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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  • Add Reference Dialog uses absolute path for Hint path when it should use a relative one
    1 Posts | Last post July 28, 2010
    • Using new Add References dialog, I added a reference to a dll that's located inside of my solution (via the browse button).  The new dialog added a line like this to the .csproj file:
      
      <HintPath>d:\Source\Assemblies\Thing\Thing.dll</HintPath>
      
      But that absolute path won't work for my co-workers who have things installed in different directories.
      
      The original "Add references" dialog correctly adds a relative path:
      
      <HintPath>..\..\..\Assemblies\Thing\Thing.dll</HintPath>
      
      
  • BUG: Incorrect MRU entry
    1 Posts | Last post July 28, 2010
    • I typed "debug" and saw a number of options - the first being "Attach to Process". Then I typed "exceptions" and out of habit (with Bing) hit Enter. At this point, the "Attach to Process" dialog came up. Yet, when I reopened Quick Access again the only entry in my MRU list was the "Change Exception Filters". It would appear that the MRU list was incorrect updated based on the current selection rather than what command was invoked.
  • Solution Navigator crashes VS 2010
    2 Posts | Last post July 28, 2010
    • If you try to pen a solution that has C++/CLI project(s) VS 2010 will crash. Disabling Solution Navigator fixes it.
    • Not fixed in the latest version.
  • rename in solution explorer stops working :(
    1 Posts | Last post July 28, 2010
    • For some reason I can't rename or delete certain files - even if I close all documents or they aren't actually inside my project. Its like the solution explorer hasn't realised its not debugging anymore..
  • Can't show AddReferenceDialog due to COMExcption
    1 Posts | Last post July 27, 2010
    • System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException (0x80020003): Member not found. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80020003 (DISP_E_MEMBERNOTFOUND))
         at System.Runtime.InteropServices.Marshal.ThrowExceptionForHRInternal(Int32 errorCode, IntPtr errorInfo)
         at System.Runtime.InteropServices.Marshal.ThrowExceptionForHR(Int32 errorCode)
         at Microsoft.VisualStudio.ErrorHandler.ThrowOnFailure(Int32 hr, Int32[] expectedHRFailure)
         at Microsoft.VSProjectPlus.VisualStudio.GetDTEProject(IVsHierarchy hierarchy)
         at Microsoft.VSProjectPlus.ProjectReferenceProvider..ctor(ResourceDictionary resources, IVsProgressPane progressPane, IVsHierarchy projectHierarchy, Dictionary`2 projectReferencePaths)
         at Microsoft.VSProjectPlus.AddReferenceDialog..ctor(IVsHierarchy projectHierarchy, DTE2 applicationObject)
         at Microsoft.VSProjectPlus.AddReferencePackage.ShowAddReferenceDialogOnIdle(IdleComponent idleComponent)
  • Can't show AddReferenceDialog due to COMExcption
    1 Posts | Last post July 27, 2010
    • System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException (0x80020003): Member not found. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80020003 (DISP_E_MEMBERNOTFOUND))
         at System.Runtime.InteropServices.Marshal.ThrowExceptionForHRInternal(Int32 errorCode, IntPtr errorInfo)
         at System.Runtime.InteropServices.Marshal.ThrowExceptionForHR(Int32 errorCode)
         at Microsoft.VisualStudio.ErrorHandler.ThrowOnFailure(Int32 hr, Int32[] expectedHRFailure)
         at Microsoft.VSProjectPlus.VisualStudio.GetDTEProject(IVsHierarchy hierarchy)
         at Microsoft.VSProjectPlus.ProjectReferenceProvider..ctor(ResourceDictionary resources, IVsProgressPane progressPane, IVsHierarchy projectHierarchy, Dictionary`2 projectReferencePaths)
         at Microsoft.VSProjectPlus.AddReferenceDialog..ctor(IVsHierarchy projectHierarchy, DTE2 applicationObject)
         at Microsoft.VSProjectPlus.AddReferencePackage.ShowAddReferenceDialogOnIdle(IdleComponent idleComponent)
  • Filtering Solution Navigator for "Edited" is Showing Duplicates
    1 Posts | Last post July 27, 2010
    • I'm really starting to like the solution navigator. Unfortunately I ran across an issue with the filter capability. When I filtered to show just the edited files, I am getting a bunch of duplicates, some of the edited files are repeated as many as 4 times, others are not repeated at all. This is potentially a very useful feature, but with the duplication it is difficult to use.
  • Ctrl + Drag no longer works for me
    6 Posts | Last post July 26, 2010
    • Is there a way to revert this back to the standard functionality without disabling/uninstalling. This is a show stopper for me. I use Ctrl+Drag all the time to copy code.
    • You could start your drag and then press CTRL before releasing.
    • I have used Philip's workaround and that indeed disables the GoToDef functionality.  However, I still have the issue that holding the control key down initially and then trying to drag selected text simply extends the selection.
      
      Is there a way to turn this off as well???
    • With the new version of the Productivity Power Tools, we've actually changed the behaviour of the Ctrl Click extension so that it should be less likely to interfere with Ctrl Drag (it only navigates on MouseUp). Please let us know if that fixes the issue for you.  
      
      Thanks!
      -Sean
    • Using the latest version, I still can't Ctrl Click at all (through pressing control after dragging started, per Xyis, does work).
    • And, I should add, this is happening with the extension's Ctrl Click functionality turned off.
  • Tab coloring
    3 Posts | Last post July 26, 2010
    • is it possible to color Tabs via RegExp on Project Name? We have 3-layered development, each layer has similar name across many modules. Current regexp seems to work only on filename :( and project colors are based on solution order, not usable for us :(  
    • Yes, it is possible. Please check out this blog post, and look for "Regular Expression Options", to make regular expressions match the full document path:
      http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudio/archive/2010/06/21/document-well-2010-plus-hidden-options.aspx
    • Oh, thanks a lot, now its perfect :) 
  • Quick Access causes VS crash
    1 Posts | Last post July 26, 2010
    • Visual Studio 2010 Professional 10.0.30319.1 RTMRel,
      Visual Studio crash immediately after Quick Access finds string.
      When I press Ctrl+3 (shortcut for Quick Access) and start to find string, that is not in my code (for example "blahblah") everything seems works fine. Serching string, that is in my code (for example "static") causes Visual Studio crasch - no search results are displayed before crasch.
      
      
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