Productivity Power Tools 2013

Microsoft Free

A set of extensions to Visual Studio 2013 Professional (and above) which improves developer productivity.

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by DerekTP | September 02 2014

It would have made me MUCH more productive if it had said on this site that the tools are ONLY supported by VS2013 *professional* and above.

I've no problem with upgrading to the Pro edition *BUT* right now VS2013 is so SLOOOOOOOW to start any debugging session (and there are DOZENS of different reasons for this, I've yet to find the one(s) that apply in my case) and I'm reluctant to shell out for the Pro version until I'm satisfied it's actually useable. I was hoping the productivity tools would help me pinpoint the issue. As it is I've wasted so much time trying to work out how to install them - and discovering they're knackered - that by now I could have actually started a debug session! :-(

Beats me why Microsoft blow trumpets about how great VS is, then feels the need to release a "productivity" pack (for free) which doesn't actually work with all versions.

by Sang Au | September 01 2014

Great tool, but Microsoft can add "Remove unused Reference" to this tool.

by Ricardo Peres | August 25 2014

Great tool! Should have an option to view all types inheriting/implementing some other type.

by mchean | August 20 2014

This is a fantastic tool for a beginner like me struggling with matching brackets, and finding errors.

by darielmarlow | August 20 2014

Love the tools. One request, please add an option to allow pinned tabs to be on their own row (above non-pinned).

by Miro Jeliaskoff | August 12 2014

Very useful! Must have for everyone.
I like it's very customizable and it's nice they keep updating it.

by Rigz1213 | August 08 2014

Extremely helpful

by MooDanG | August 02 2014

by Mulder90 | July 27 2014

by Aleh Karasik | July 27 2014

Amazing extension for visual studio but unfortunately looks like "Peek Help" feature does not work correctly for Visual C++ project (it opens the last help page from MSDN and not the correct page).

Please fix this and it will be definitely 5 starts extension.

by Mario Vernari | July 15 2014

It was actually a missing piece of Visual Studio: why not embedding by default?
Very nice the structure visualizer, although I'd use less opaque colors for the outlines (either a pastel-shade, or a 50% opacity). I'd also provide some kind of highlight for the structure popup: maybe a drop shadow?
Excellent idea on squeezing the less-important rows!
Also very noticeable are the error tracking, and the scrollbar markers.

The point which disappointed me was actually on the print capabilities. I found this package right because I wanted to print a section of a module, without the tedious copy+paste on Wordpad, which preserves the formats very well. Why not providing a preview, such as IE offers? In order to avoid to waste paper, I'd find very useful the ability to inspect what are the useful pages, and/or adjust some parameter.

Anyway, the product deserves a five-star rating without any doubt!
Thanks, and go further!

by jsohn | July 07 2014

by Steve Jung, MCSE | June 27 2014

Coloured tabs, vertical lines connecting beginning/endings, coloured printing, peek help, tabify, middle-click scrolling, colourized parameter help all very good additions!

by Athari | June 26 2014

Some tools are very useful and handy, others less so, but overall it's a great collection.

* Double-click maximizing does not preserve collapsed state and causes tab reordering when a window is collapsed after being restored.
* There are a lot of options for customizing document tabs, but still no option for multiple horizontal rows. It's compact (unlike vertical tabs), it displays all documents (unlike horizontal tabs) and it's a basic functionality of a tab control.
* Code structure in the margin is a good idea, but with no options to customize display, even colors, it's useless. In a big file with many classes and methods, it's hard to distinguish thin class lines and wide method arcs become thin as well. Just open Dictionary<,>'s source file and you'll see.
* Code structure previews waste space on attributes making class names invisible. Again, open Dictionary<,>'s source file.
* Default colors for projects look weird in VS light theme. I don't get why they are dark.

by Andrea Dottor [MVP] | June 26 2014

by AltaModaTech | June 23 2014

Good for removing & sorting using statements across project or entire solution. Also provides a good mechanism for opening a command shell at the project directory, but doesn't provide the same for PowerShell

by MrPloops | June 18 2014

Excellent tools!
One importent one is missing:
SHIFT+Enter to automatically add closing brackets and ending semiolon and add new line.
I miss it so much! Pleas add it soon.
Best regards,

by RanjithAtMsdn1 | June 13 2014

It is great extension with lot of features and commands, but still I find it lacking because it does not have the following feature. I cannot find any extension which does that, but the team who developed this could definitely do it.

Whenever I open a new file from solution explorer, it puts that file as the first tab in document well. But as I keep opening files, they just go into overflow list. But what I am looking is that whenever I open a file from solution explorer, even if it is already in document well (or overflow list), it should put that file as the first tab. This way I always have my most recent files at first so that I can easily switch. The existing sortings are always by project or alphabetical, but most of the times, the files you want to use may not be in that order. Thanks.

by Hojin.Jun | June 11 2014

useful! Thanks..

by SilentKilerr100 | June 11 2014

Just amazing. My favorite functionality tab -> spaces and spaces -> tabs.

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  • Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 hangs on splash screen with Power Tools installed
    2 Posts | Last post September 23, 2014
    • Not sure if it's a conflict with another extension - but a week or so ago this started for me.  If I disable/unistal this extension the problem goes away.  Let me know if there's more information I can provide etc.
    • Same issue here.
  • Scrollwheel scrolling in document well?
    1 Posts | Last post September 17, 2014
    • I'd like to request a new feature; though the scrolling in the document well (tabs) is nice, you have to click on the left/right arrows to do it, which can be a bit slow.  How about allowing the document well tabs to scroll by hovering your mouse over the document well and moving the mouse scrollwheel?
  • Align Assignments not available
    2 Posts | Last post September 11, 2014
    • Hello!
      I have installed the latest version of PPT 2013 (in VS 2013 update3), but after a while the Align Assignments doesn't work anymore. I get no menu entry in context menu and the shortcut doesn't work too. This extension has worked successfully in the past (shortly after install)and I don't know what happened. This behavior is independent from the options settings in C# -> disable: Tools->Options->Text Editor->C#->Formatting->Spacing->"Ignore spaces in declaration statements". 
      Any help for me to get back this funtionality ?
    • reinstall works fine, I still have no context menu, but maybe this was my fault, in Edit-> is 
      Align Assignments
  • Peek help often not working correctly
    1 Posts | Last post September 09, 2014
    • Hi,
      first I was glad about "Peek Help", but it was too often, that a previous help topic was shown or only the "how to use the editor" help page, that I stopped using it.
      A chance for a fix?
      Kind regards,
  • No happy pinning?
    1 Posts | Last post September 09, 2014
    • Hi,
      in VS2010 I used to pin non-document windows, like the "Output" or my "Entrian Source Search", or our simple "Changes.txt" file.
      Even since the update in May 2014, pinning of windows is still not persistent. :(
      Any chance to get an update fixing this, restoring the VS2010 behavior?
      Kind regards,
  • Remove tabs by usage order
    2 Posts | Last post September 09, 2014
    • This is more of a feature request...
      I miss the old remove tabs by usage order option.  I liked the automatic closing of documents and I'd love to see some version of it return.
    • Oh yes! I miss it, too!
  • Pending Changes Filter sometimes hides checked out files
    1 Posts | Last post September 05, 2014
    • Hi, often I use the Pending Changes Filter in Solution Explorer. I was wondering that files which are checked out are not visible in the filtered view. If I turn off the extension "Solution Error Visualizer" the filtered view shows all checked out files correctly. Strangely this does not apply to all projects of a solution. In my case the checked out files of a Web Project were not visible.
      Any ideas? Thanks.
  • Remove & Sort on Save: Only do after successful build?
    1 Posts | Last post September 03, 2014
    • I love the remove & sort functionality on save, but it kinda sucks when I'm saving the document I'm working on, knowing it won't compile (as I change a function signature, I have to go hunt down the places using it).  It'd be nice if this functionality either:
      a) Didn't try to sort/remove if it knows the build is broken
      b) Only did it after a successful build.
      Any chance that's easily attainable?
  • Please add more features to document well
    1 Posts | Last post September 03, 2014
    • Hi. When working on a project that consist of several source files, it would be really handy if I could group certain opened files in the document well. The color coding is just enough. I would like to be able to for example group GUI related documents in one group, parser related into another and so on.
      I suggest you make it possible to arrange pinned documents to different rows. I think this would greatly improve productivity, which is what this extension is all about!
  • Open bracket reassigned?
    1 Posts | Last post September 02, 2014
    • This is an old problem I already had in VS 2010, and which hasn't been solved yet it seems.
      The [ key is reassigned to the align assignment function.
      I wouldn't assign anything on a key that might be useful when typing C#/C++ code, the open bracket is used for arrays which are part of those languages.
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