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.
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.
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).
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.
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?