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.
Closing the Add Reference Dialogue while its refreshing/building the assembly list results in a NullReferenceException.
29/07/2010 6:06:32 PM
System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.
at Microsoft.VSProjectPlus.AddReferenceDialog.AddReferenceDialogView_Closed(Object sender, EventArgs e)
at System.Windows.Window.OnClosed(EventArgs e)
at Microsoft.VisualStudio.PlatformUI.DialogWindowBase.OnClosed(EventArgs e)
at System.Windows.Window.WindowFilterMessage(IntPtr hwnd, Int32 msg, IntPtr wParam, IntPtr lParam, Boolean& handled)
This is truly a great extension, and the new features in the latest update make it even more incredible--I would redouble my 5-star rating if I could. Thanks for taking my request to make control-click navigation more compatible with ctrl-dragging!
Since you guys are so awesome at improving Visual Studio's subtle annoyances, I have one more feature request for something that has been bothering me for some time:
I would love if the members drop-down menu for code files would list members in the order they are declared in the file. I find this significantly improves organization of code by promoting better ordering of member declarations within a code file. I remember back to my Mac programming days using CodeWarrior this is how the member menu was organized and I guarantee you my code files were significantly more organized back then.
On top of this, it would be great if one could see #region declarations in this menu as well, as well as the ability to add separators to the menu (CodeWarrior did this with "#pragma mark -" directives)--again this promotes organization of members by grouping related members/properties together.
Even just ordering it based on the order they appear in the code would be a significant improvement over alphabetical ordering.
In closing I would also like to second another user's suggestion of automatic namespace resolution (adding "using" directives automatically when there is only one choice of resolution). Coupled with automatic unused "using" cleanup, this could be a significant productivity enhancement.
Cheers, and thanks again for a great extension!
You might want to take a look at the VS10x Code Map extension (http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/1c54d1bd-d898-4705-903f-fa4a319b50f2), it adds a collapsible sidebar to the editor which (by default) lists the members in the order they are declared in code. It also shows regions and has a few other cool features like showing which parts of the file you've visited recently.
Another one you might want to look at is PowerCommands for Visual Studio 2010 (http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/e5f41ad9-4edc-4912-bca3-91147db95b99). One of the commands it adds is "Remove and Sort Usings"; there is an option under PowerCommands > General to have the command execute automatically when you save a file.
I love the extension but after the update I'm no longer able to write the @ sign (AltGr+2 on a danish keyboard) in the editor. How do I turn off this shortcut? I've looked in the keyboard configuration in the options window but it says the combination is not assigned to any command? Is it possible to turn off some other way?
I use an alternate source control system, Mercurial, which integrates with VS via the extension Visual HG. This extension seems to be incompatible with Solution Navigator which is showing source control status icons which are incorrect. Solution Explorer still works as expected.
Once again a conflict with my (foreign) keyboard.
When I press Crl+Alt+2 a dialog pops up with a class view.
Usually on my keyboard, it's the "@" sign.
But in the keyboard mapping options, there's no such command.
How I can change/disable this dialog?
It would be so nice if you could bind keys to go the pinned tabs. For example, Ctrl-1 might activate the first pinned document, Ctrl-2 the second and so on.
I don't think the setup program should do the binding, I just think you should provide commands that would show up when customizing the keyboard (i.e. Window.ActivatePinnedTab1).
Pinning a document usually means that you want to go back to that document a lot. Having to use the mouse is slow and forces you to leave the keyboard.
Thanks for a great tool!
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:
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:
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.
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..