Productivity Power Tools 2012

Microsoft Free

A set of extensions to Visual Studio 2012 Professional (and above) which improves developer productivity.

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by versat | January 25 2016

"Color Printing" seems to be very buggy, it makes printing source code impossible here. But switching it off makes the normal printing of source code work again.
The "Guidelines" are helpful.
"Colored Tabs" and "Enhanced Scrollbar" are nice, but not really necessary.
There could be a (better) explanation on what every feature exactly is. "Fix Mixed Tabs" is not really speaking for itself. But it seems to warn when Tab- and Space-Indention is used mixed in a file and can correct it.

by ibtrukn66 | October 28 2015

Installed vs2012 PRO and afterward started receiving invalid index. Exception from HRESULT: 08002000B (DISP_E_BADINDEX) when I attempted to copy from code.
Disabled tool and error has gone away. Also clipboard did not copy until disabled. Rated a 2 only because I was not able to use long enough to try out other features. Do not have time to troubleshoot or contend with the error.

by Jozef Izso (BizSpark member) | September 22 2015

by f_max | February 25 2015

extremely useful extensions for VS

by Michael A. Duncan | November 07 2014

Installed update now I'm stuck in PRESENT ON!!

by fokytapia | September 03 2014

by donschia | June 19 2014

Yay. I can ALT+Arrow my lines up and down again. Also the tab well is usable now.
No more Control+Tab Control+Tab Control+Tab Control+Tab Control+Tab flurries to try to get back to a previous file.
This is an excellent set of enhancements, Microsoft!

by chriga | May 21 2014


by dhruvin gajjar | April 28 2014

All the features are great except one related to Custom Document Well -> Color tabs by project.

When it colors the tabs, it creeps into the eyes. I wish instead of coloring the tab name completely, they could given an option to just add one colored dot or use the colored underline for the tab names. That would make it a five star tool for me to use.

by Sam_Viper | March 27 2014

I like the tools but I created a guideline and there is no way to delete them. HELP!!

by Kevin Ison | January 31 2014

Nice tool set EXCEPT the column guidelines functionality is broke... I created
3 guidelines and could not remove them. I had to go into the registry
to delete the guides.

Please fix this!!

by Proco | January 27 2014

Very helpful

by Senthamil | January 15 2014

Nice tools

by Dunemaster | December 24 2013

Stable and useful.
Most useful for me:
* "Custom document well" options adds support for closing file tabs with one click, without popup menus
* Code HTML copy

by Michael Obermeyer | December 16 2013

by Batmanuel | November 14 2013

I tried it on Visual Studio 2010 (back then) and was great. Now I need to know how well it works with Visual Studio 2013 as I want to color my code.

by SethMoore | November 14 2013

I love these tools

I wish they were baked into the product. It makes me sad that every time I upgrade VS I have to wait to get the features I'm missing.

So 5/5 for the tools.
1/5 for not having them in vs2013 OOB :)

by Frank Robijn | November 08 2013

I'm very surprised that these essential features are still not part of Visual Studio itself. Please provide a 2013 version, as VS2013 lacks the document well, the format/organize on save options, the ctrl-click to definition.

by SomeGuyNamedAndy | November 07 2013

I love this extension. Please update it for 2013.


by Ed Lomonaco | November 06 2013

I love this extension, please please please make this available to VS 2013, I miss the tabs layout feature that put my tabs to the left of my project. That should be a default action of Visual Studios in my opinion.

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  • Pin status setting is not sticking
    2 Posts | Last post July 03, 2014
    • I have VS 2012 Update 4. Noticed recently that the pin status setting is not sticking. I have a few files pinned that I would like them to stay pinned when the project is opened. Does anyone else have this issue?
      Thanks in advanced.
    • Forgot to add, if you disable Power Tools 2012, the pinned files will stay pinned when the project is loaded. Pretty sure it is an issue with the extension.
  • Reg Ex colored tabs have wrong unselected text color
    1 Posts | Last post June 20, 2014
    • For regex colored tabs the unselected color is white instead of black as configured in settings
      It was the same also for default existing regex settings for .cs files etc.
      I have VS2012 Update 4 and Power Tools 11.0.60403.0
  • does not apper
    2 Posts | Last post June 04, 2014
    • I can see the Power tools installed in Extensions and updates, but cannot see it on project..I have vs2012 and vs2012 13 installed
      Non of the features are visible
    • I have used to before..its some how not appearing. I can see it installed in "Extensions and updates"
  • How do I assign a shortcut to a Quick Task?
    1 Posts | Last post May 15, 2014
    • In particular, I'd like to be able to assign a shortcut to CollapseRegions. Having to select Quick Launch and then type "@tasks CollapseRegions", or even "@tasks C", is really slow.
  • Bug: text shown as link
    1 Posts | Last post April 28, 2014
    • If I have my cursor on a variable and press ctrl+space to autocomplete, it will autocomplete and show the variable as a blue link until I hover over the "link" and press ctrl.
      Have on idea where to report these bugs :)
  • Display parent folder in ASP.NET MVC
    1 Posts | Last post April 04, 2014
    • Although color coding tabs by project is useful, I would like the ability to view the parent folder e.g. "Views/{Home/Index.cshtml}" or "Views/{Cart/Index.cshtml}" since I find it hard to identify which view the tab is representing since the View page name is the same i.e. "Index.cshtml".
  • Interactive Tooltips
    14 Posts | Last post April 02, 2014
    • Would be nice if you brought back this feature from 2012 Power Tools:
    • Second that. Please bring it back, that was one of the most awesome features!
    • Yes please! This was the best feature, brilliant idea taking it out.
    • +1 -- This feature was something I used on a regular basis.
    • +1  I just now finally upgraded to 2012.  I used this constantly when coding.  I was amazed that it was taken out and almost considered going back to 2010 to get it back.
    • +1 Missing this very much!
    • PLEASE PLEASE Please bring it back
    • +1 This feature was a HUGE productivity booster. Even with the improvements of 2012 (and my addition of ReSharper) I still don't feel as productive if I can't quickly see the members with the interactive tooltips. Please consider this as a feature for 2012/2013.
    • I feel crippled without interactive tool tip.
      Please bring it back. Please......
    • Please bring this feature back - the solution explorer isn't nearly as useful, especially for library classes and methods.
    • +1  Please bring this back.  It was a huge time saver!!
    • Agreed - since CodeLens is only available to Ultimate subscribers, this tool should be added back to the productivity tools (unless that was why it was removed?!)
    • +5
      You've got to bring back that feature !   It was an incredible time saver and productivity booster. . .   I cannot imagine what you were thinking when you decided to drop it.   Should we ALL ROLL BACK to 2010 to get that feature back ??
    • Yes, PLEASE bring back this feature, and make it available in VS 2013 as well. It's the single feature that's keeping me from upgrading from VS 2010!!!
  • double deep horizontal tab well
    1 Posts | Last post March 20, 2014
    • Would be nice if there was an option for a double deep tab well in the Top or Bottom position (ala the VisualTabs extension).  Helpful to see all the tabs with full names and having the tab well on the left or right wastes a bit of space.
  • Color printing bugs
    1 Posts | Last post February 10, 2014
    • Code prints fine with this extension disabled. 
      When enabled, page 10 gets shifted into the left margin so that the line numbers are cut off.  This was not a printer mis-feed, it happens every time on just page 10.
      Attempting to print just one page, instead of the entire document, results in an error being thrown.  The popup says only "pageNumber" 
      Print selection DOES seem to work, so I am able to print the page that way, although then the page number is shown as 1.
  • Open XML Package Editor NOT working as expected
    1 Posts | Last post January 24, 2014
    • Open XML Package Editor Power Tool for Visual Studio is NOT working as expected.  Have installed, uninstalled, reinstalled Productivity Power Tools many times.  Closed and reopened VS many times.
      Yet, rather than showing the XML PARTS when a word document or excel spreadsheet is dragged into VS..... it simply opens WORD or EXCEL.
      What needs to be turned on?  All the documentation read seems to suggest simply dragging a file into VS will open the Open XML Package editor.  Yet it is not happening....
      How is this tool suppose to work?
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