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.
1. Click on Tools in the main menu
2. Select "Customize..."
3. Select the "Commands" tab
4. Select the "Context menu" radio button
5. Select "Editor Context Menus|Code Window" from the "Context menu:" dropdown.
6. Scroll down the list of controls to find "Add guideline", "Remove guideline", "Guideline color..."
7. For each control, select it and click "Delete"
8. Click "Close"
So I accidentially clicked the "Add guideline" in the context menu, and now I'm not able to remove it. When I right-click it, the remove option is always disabled.
Considering that guidelines is not something you constantly add and remove, my I also suggest that this is NOT available in the context menu. That menu is clogged with plenty of stuff as it is, and adding 3 more options doesn't really help my productivity.
I notice that there is a disabled Remove option, but I can't figure out what I select to enable the command. For example, selecting all of the code in the module still doesn't enable the Remove option.
To add or remove a guideline, the caret must first be placed in the correct column. Use the read-out on the status bar to track the column number.
If all else fails, you can remove all guidelines by removing the "Guides" value under the registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\10.0\Text Editor
I know of a few bugs with add/remove and they've been fixed in a more recent version. I've also moved the commands onto a sub-menu so that you are less likely to choose them accidentally. Unfortunately, I do not know when the next Pro Power Tools bundle update is going to be pushed out.
The guideline does not use the column (Col) but character (Ch) value, so a "Tab" is counted as 1.
To place or remove guidelines place the caret must be placed on the spot the Ch property (displayed in the status-bar of VS2010) displays the value you want it displayed.
If you want the guideline in column 4 and the row starts with:
you want the caret between the 'u' and the 'b'.
The options to tweak the Colourised Parameter Help only change the background - so changing the foreground won't effect it. This means that matching it exactly to your theme may not be the best, try a lighter background colour for the parameter help to make it more readable.
It would be nice if ALL the tools in this collection where available as separate extensions. So basically I can choose from the current 11 and only have the ones I want. Short of this, I would then want to have an master options screen that lets me enable/disable the tools in this extension. This way if there are issues with ones with bugs they can be disabled until fixed so that we can still enjoy the other tools, or if we just don't want something we can disable if it is annoying the user. Example of this could be the Highlight Current Line. There is no way to disable this you would have to change the colors so they match the default text, however that doesn't fix it for when it is on comments etc, so some people I know hate this part of the set and want to turn it off but they can't. I personally like it and changed the colors to match my theme and I am very happy.
Regardless putting together a large collection like this is great, but not having control over what is enabled/disabled or installed/not installed is frustrating.
It problem is since i installed then I can no longer do multi-line selection using the standard keyboard operations. I used to be able to hold the control key down and move the arrow keys up and down and it would start selecting the lines from where the cursor is. However after installing this add it only moves the cursor up and down without selecting anything. It is as if the CTRL key is being ignored for up and down (left and right work).
I am not sure which tool in the collection here is causing it but I would suspect that it is either Highlight Current Line or Move Line Up/Down Commands. I used to have Highlight Current Line installed without Pro Power Tools and never had this issue so unless it is now conflicting with something, something changed or it is a different tool in the collection I don't know.
I do know that I love the TAB changes however I am going to have to uninstall Pro Power Tools because I cannot function without my keyboard commands working as expected.
UPDATE: This issue seems to come and go, and I have a work around when it does develop. For some reason on a single editor tab, not all, this issue happens and when it does if I close the file/tab and reopen it the selection starts working again. I am happy I can easily workaround the issue if it happens, and also that it doesn't happen on all of them at the same time.
It would be nice to have tabs span multiple lines instead of having the drop down list. Even better would be the max number of rows being a user configurable setting and then when it goes over that the drop down then shows up as it currently works.
I like the pinning tabs and I am using this to get around the multi-line tabs, however if you change this to have multi-lines I think the pinning should be configurable as well so that the pinned tab either stays where it is and never moves as tabs change around it or it goes to the first line and the pinned ones are sorted using the sorting options.
If you use a dark background theme the Colorized Parameter screws up the Help. It uses the same foreground colours as the editor but keeps a white background. so most of it doesn't show up at all, and the rest is barely readable. Is there a way to turn this off?
I was trying to use the tool top help that the 'vsdocs' version of jQuery gives you in the VS2010 HTML editor, unfortunately, I have a dark background theme for syntax highlighting and my jQuery help text was appearing as bright yellow on a white background.
I had this same issue before with normal signature help tooltips, but that was solved by changing the Signature Help Tooltip Background (or some similar name) in the Fonts and Colors options - is there a similar setting for the help background for .js in the HTML editor?? (note that server C# code in <% %> looks fine - just like the source code editor sig help).
Has it ever occurred to you that some users might want certain features but not others? For example, I might want the tab handling, without the hassle of losing my ALT+DOWN combo to show my errors list. Why isn't this add-in customisable in any way? Why, indeed, does it flagrantly override the keyboard settings in Visual Studio, irrespective of the wishes of the user?
Thanks for the feedback -
In this first release of the Pro Power Tools it isn't possible to turn off features individually. However, if you read these posts you'll find innovative ways to do this manually :). In the next release of the tools we’ll provide a way to turn features on/off.
Some background. Each of the features started out life as an individual extension that could be installed stand-alone and turned on/off. I wanted to say "Install this one extension and it will give you a bunch of new features that you will love". I didn’t want to say “go find 20 extensions, install them and then uninstall the 3 you don't like.” Given this is what I want for packaging, I could do it two ways:
1. Package each extension into a single VSIX that contains a other VSIXs. When you install the main VSIX, each extension is installed and the Extension Manager shows each. You could enable/disable each one. Sounds good, but if you uninstall one it does not uninstall the others and warns that there are dependencies. The dependency is on the main VSIX and if you uninstall that none of the individual extensions are uninstalled. Unfortunately, this is a limitation of the Extension Manager.
2. Build all of the extensions into one VSIX. Install one thing, Ext Mgr shows one thing, uninstall is one thing. This is the experience that I wanted. The problem is you don’t have control over each extension so if you don't like one you are either stuck.
I decided to go with option #2 knowing that we would have an extension to easily turn individual features on/off and make it easy for our team to add Tools|Options for each. I realize this decision caused problems for some but in the long run I think it will be a better overall acquisition and customization experience.
My hope is to get this next release of the tools out in a few weeks. We're working on them now and we've got a few more bug fixes and some validation to do before we can post them.
I hope this explanation helps,