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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  • Concerning the "Align Assignments" feature...
    1 Posts | Last post July 15, 2010
    • I find that this feature has the potential to be amazing, but at my first use I noticed that the assignment happens within logical statements such as if-else statements. I am unsure if this is the desired use. I find that this is not the use I would like for this feature. I would love to be able to align assignments that are not within the conditions for logical statements.
  • Suggestions
    11 Posts | Last post July 08, 2010
    • 1) Scrollable tabs - make them scrollable by mouse scroll.
      2) Fix all bugs listed here and in discussions on original extensions:)
      3) Fix GoToDef! There're at least 5 negative feedbacks on it.
      3.1) Please, navigate on mouse up (as ALL hyperlinks and button-like controls work).
      3.2) Please do not navigate as mouse move exceeds os-defined drag threschold value.
      3.3) Add ability to disable it.
      4) Nest all (excluding fonts & colors-related) settings into single PowerTools node (as PowerCommands do).
    • UPD
      5) Vertical tabs at the right.
      6) Customisable tab's text color (selected/inactive).
    • UPD 2
      7) Fix tabs reordering by drag-drop when in vertical layout.
    • UPD 3;)
      8) Allow to explicitly assign colors per project, or (at least) order projects exactly as they are ordered in sln file.
    • >order projects exactly as they are ordered in sln file. 
      Opps... it seems it does exactly this. You just need to reopen solution (reloading solution file after edit in notepad does not work).
    • Why does the open in command prompt go to vs 2008 and not the vs2010 command prompt?
    • Up;)
    • 0) Add ability to turn on/off a feature in the ui.
    • As above: 'Fix tabs reordering by drag-drop when in vertical layout.'
      Would definitely like to be able to sort documents within a grouped set of vertical tabs.
    • And up...
      BTW, is the extension supported at all?:)
    • Please look at this blog post to see how you can put tabs on the right of the document well:
      Other issues are being worked on, soon you should see an updated version published here.
  • Remove the 'Add guideline' feature from the context menu
    2 Posts | Last post July 02, 2010
    • How do I remove the 'Add guideline' feature from the context menu?
      It's just something I don't need...
    • 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"
  • Remove guideline
    7 Posts | Last post July 02, 2010
    • 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 also noticed that guidelines cannot be removed and apparently do not appear in the correct location. I ended up renaming the guidelines DLL to disable that part of the plugin.
    • If you over over the guidelines and right click there is a remove optoin on the context menu
    • 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'.
    • You are correct. Many others have pointed this out and it has been fixed for the next version.
  • Problems with colourized paramter help
    6 Posts | Last post July 02, 2010
    • I think this is causing me grief because of the dark colour scheme I'm using as all the paramters are nearly invisible.
    • 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.
    • That sounds good, but wheres the option
    • I was having the same issue. Tools -> Options -> Environment -> Fonts 
    • (cut off for some reason)
      and Colors -> Show settings for: Text Editor -> Display items: Signature Help Tooltip Background.
      After setting Item background to a dark gray, it fits in really well.
    • Cameron, you rock.  This is exactly what I needed and now the tooltip is perfect.
      I love these tools, and since that was my only issue I can enable the toolset again.
  • Feature Request: Tools Available Separately or Allow Enable/Disable
    2 Posts | Last post July 01, 2010
    • 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.
    • Check out the post below I made to the "All or Nothing?!" comment.
      I hope this helps,
  • Multi-Line Selection using Keyboard Broken by Extension
    5 Posts | Last post July 01, 2010
    • 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.
    • NOTE: I confused Highlight Current Line with some other extension, this is the first time I have used HCL ignore the parts above where I mention using it before the Pro Power Tools. :)
    • NOTE: It sucks you can't edit your posts. :) 
      I meant SHIFT not CTRL for selecting multiple lines of text. :) 
      Sorry for all the notes.
    • 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. 
    • What type of file are you editing when you see this behavior?
  • Feature Request: Multi-line Tabs
    1 Posts | Last post June 30, 2010
    • 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.
  • Enable / disable "tabify" bar?
    2 Posts | Last post June 30, 2010
    • I've just disabled the convert tabs to spaces / spaces to tabs bar and can't find where can I enable it again. Any pointers?
    • Can't find how even once :(
  • Bug: Colorized Parameter Help
    1 Posts | Last post June 30, 2010
    • 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?
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