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.
Thanks for the update! it's gust great! I raised my vote to 5!! Thanks for making the classes browsable in the sln exp. like eclipse, I replaced it with the old Solution-Explorer for good!
I think many ppl will reconsider getting VS just because of this project, no question about it!
Here is a few more suggestions:
- Make different symbols for private/public/abstract/sealed etc. members, class/structure/enum/delegate/interface/event/static class/module should have different signs as well in both VB and C#.
- Specific coloring for namespace/struct/enum/module/delegate/interface/delegate/user type/event/method names, for both VB and C# (should all be customizable from the "Font and Color" options for both VB and C#).
- Local variables should appear bold, static (vb: shared) members should be italic.
- An intellisense items filter for all code types like Karl Shifflett's xaml intellisense filter.
- Include the updated version of the 'Fix Mixed Tabs' by Noah Richards (visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/91a3f8ae-3152-438a-b5fc-fb37878dd007) in the bundle, the old one has a bug.
Best extension to VS2010 so far!!
I'd like to use the new Solution Navigator, but
- mouse wheel scrolling does not work when the mouse is just placed over the navigator, it needs to be selected (works fine with the solution explorer).
- the fixed top area should be separated from the scrolling area by placing at least a one pixel horizontal line in between.
I'll write it here. My "problem"/wish is, tooltip with fullname come faster. We have pretty long filenames (same first 30chars). Solution Explorer shows tooltip immediately as I run mouse over files, but in Navi it take time at every single item to shows up :/ I like Navi more than Explorer, but in work comp it is very ineffiency.
I constantly keep on receiving a pop-up message that offers: "You have mixed tabs and spaces. Fix this?" that let's me choose between Tabify, Untabify and "Don't show again", but even I choose the last option, they do show up over and over and drive me sick.
I want to either completely disable this feature or to fix the whole project for good, but not receive 5 messages per minute.
I have the same problem. And it started to appear after I installed this extension. I even don't have any other extension installed so this must be this extensions fault.
What's more. We do have insonsistencies in tabs/spaces and want to keep them. Also we have lots of files so I don't want to disable it for each file separately.
How to disable this feature entirely?
@Adam, This is caused by Fix Mixed Tabs, by Noah Richards, which is included in the bundle.
Best thing is install the new version Noah posted from http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/91a3f8ae-3152-438a-b5fc-fb37878dd007, this overrides the old version included in the pack, I tried this and it works.
I don't know if the updated version of the 'Fix Mixed Tabs' extension is included in the Productivity Power Tools ver. 10.0.10710.22.
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'.