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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 Sion202 | May 03 2016

3 Star
by roa2012 | April 08 2016

Printing of edited document does not work (VB 2012 & Win 10 pro)

5 Star
by 01DrG01 | April 04 2016

Very cool extention!It is highly customized. Another great feature it will be to remove non ascii invisible carachters!
Keep the good work, I appreciate you! 5*

3 Star
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.

2 Star
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.

4 Star
by Jozef Izso (BizSpark member) | September 22 2015

5 Star
by f_max | February 25 2015

extremely useful extensions for VS

1 Star
by Michael A. Duncan | November 06 2014

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

5 Star
by fokytapia | September 03 2014

5 Star
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!

5 Star
by chriga | May 21 2014


4 Star
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.

2 Star
by Sam_Viper | March 27 2014

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

2 Star
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!!

4 Star
by Proco | January 27 2014

Very helpful

4 Star
by Senthamil | January 15 2014

Nice tools

5 Star
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

5 Star
by Michael Obermeyer | December 16 2013

3 Star
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.

5 Star
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 :)

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  • 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?
  • PPTP 2013
    1 Posts | Last post November 28, 2013
    • Are you guys going to be bringing in any of the cool features from the 2013 version?
  • Unable to modify Colorized Parameter Help...??
    1 Posts | Last post November 27, 2013
    • Could not find file 'C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\VisualStudio\11.0\Extensions\bpum0wxo.q45\ColorizedSignatureHelp.pkgdef'.
      Uhhh... Wut??
      It seems to be able to do this when you open VS 2012 without a solution/project open however..  Still quite a perplexing issue, I think.  
  • PPT mangles title bar in VS2013
    1 Posts | Last post November 21, 2013
    • Microsoft Visual Studio Premium 2013
      Version 12.0.21005.1 REL
      Microsoft .NET Framework
      Version 4.5.50938
      When I enable PPT, several items in the title bar are missing.  Screenshot:
  • No luck assigning tab colors by reg ex
    2 Posts | Last post November 21, 2013
    • Is there a guide or examples for making the reg ex color assignments work for tabs?  I cannot get anything to match.
      Do the reg ex types have to go before the project types in the list?  Is there a way to re-order the list?
    • Oops, theres a checkbox in the other section to enable the reg ex matches.
      Anybody got an example to make the .cs reg ex exclude ...aspx.cs ?
  • No column guides in VS2012
    2 Posts | Last post November 19, 2013
    • I have the column guides option enabled but do not get any guide lines, in .cs classes or .aspx.cs code-behind.
      Should this be working still in VS2012?  Used to have it in VS2010
    • For some reason they did not include them in VS2012.  I use Indent Guides as a replacement.  I don't like them as much, but it's workable.
  • Align Assignments does not work immediately
    1 Posts | Last post November 15, 2013
    • Great extensions!  I have encountered one problem.  In VB, when I try to Align Assignments (Ctrl + Alt + ]), it doesn't work immediately.  It only seems to work if I hit Ctrl + z afterwards
  • Productivity Power Tools 2013
    3 Posts | Last post November 15, 2013
    • We just released Productivity Power Tools 2013!
      It's here -
    • Damn it, correct URL is
    • YESSS thank you muchos, amigos. Daily googling for this has paid off.
  • Where is MY Solution Navigator????
    3 Posts | Last post November 13, 2013
    • There's nothing else in this package I need...I'm so frustrated I think I'm on the verge of nuclear level spontaneous combustion...
    • Did you ever get an answer to this? I'm having the same issue. Other functions are available, but Solution Navigator is missing from the VIEW menu.
    • Same issue here, anyone can help?
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