Productivity Power Tools 2012

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

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by f_max | February 25 2015

extremely useful extensions for VS

by Michael A. Duncan | November 06 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 Eman86 | 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.

by Tom Mohoric | November 04 2013

Great set of extensions! Looking forward to an update for use with VS 2013!

by BD Moby Disk | October 31 2013

I got this for the HTML Copy feature, but many other features interfere with Visual Studio in some way:
* You can't tell which tab is active with the colored tabs.
* The enhanced intellisense:
- Is slower.
- Does not save any keystrokes. It types the closing paren for you, but then you have to hit end then semicolon instead of close paren semicolon. That saves nothing.
- When you call a method that takes an enum, the default intellisense selects that enum by default. The new intellisense does not.
- Fixing mixed tabs and spaces is nice, but that pops up on files that are read only such as TFS diff windows, or files that are not checked out. Since there is already a menu option to do this, the bugs outweigh the benefits.

Overall, this is a nice testing ground for new Visual Studio features, but they need revising to be truly useful.

by SamCPP | October 29 2013

Go to definition and coloring build window are great. Is there a plan for VS2013 version?

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  • 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?
  • VS 21013 ??
    1 Posts | Last post November 12, 2013
    • Now that Visual Studio 2013 is RTM ... When will you plan update the the extensión?
      Thanks a lot for this product !!
  • VS 2013
    29 Posts | Last post November 11, 2013
    • Any plans to support VS 2013?
      Thank you.
    • The same question... Will you build an extension to support VS2013? Best regards, L. Pires.
    • I would love to see the productivity power tools supports vs 2013. There were some nice things they included from ppt but the vertical tabs is not there. I loved the simplicity of the choices and I love ppt. I have been using a purchased product for the vertical tabs support but I don't find to be as good as ppt nor are the choices on arranging tabs as simple.
    • VS 2013 is unusable without PPT! Please announce your intentions so we now how long we have to live without your tools wonderful goodnesses.
    • Adding my voice for VS 2013 support too. PPT is one of the few must have extensions for me.
    • +1  to VS2013 support PLEASE!!!!!!
    • This is very annoying   :-(
      I've found that I just simply cannot use VS without PPT + CodeRush, and both are not available for VS2013. I think they both should be part of VS.
      I'll be using VS2012 in the meanwhile
    • I just wonder that such an important (IMO) first-party extension is not ready to ship along with VS 2013. The same was true for VS 2012 when it took some weeks after release until the PPT were finally available. I can't imagine VS 2013 is so different from VS 2012 that it would take so long to port it over (maybe I'm wrong) as some portions of it are now integrated into the IDE (brace completion, for example). There could be at least a beta or something.
    • +1
    • I must have a vertical tab well. Horizontal tabs are so annoying. Please release a VS2013 extension for this!
    • +1
    • With Visual Studio 2012 we had to wait quite a while for the power tools to be available. If you're moving to yearly releases of Visual Studio it makes it absolutely critical that the power tools come out very soon after (I would say within a week)
    • +1 PPT should have been already been being updated during the VS Preview stage.
    • Also impatiently waiting for the extremely helpful PPT to make its way to VS 2013... :)
    • +1 for VS 2013 support.  PPT is awesome.  I really miss the "Remove and Sort Using on Save" feature in VS 2013!
    • +1 for VS 2013. I miss it badly...
    • Please, please, please release this for VS2013!
    • Please guys, it should be simple to add VS2013 support!
    • +1 for VS 2013. Just installed and missed PPT.
    • +1
    • Bump for 2013. Pleaseplease.
    • Hold on guys, of course we are working on VS2013 support. Coming soon...
    • @bsfiosco - "Colorized Parameter Help" and type coloring issue is fixed in PPT for VS2013.
    • I have both 2012 and 2013 installed but 2013 is not usable to me until I got my vertical tabs back. Please let us know something at least Microsoft.
    • Oh my god, I just realized that "Edit project file" that I enjoyed in 2012 was not VS, but rather PPT. I will hate my life until PPT 2013 is released.
    • +1 for VS 2013 PPT
    • Looking forward to PPT2013 as well.
    • Until this is updated I installed the VSCommands extension, adds a few features I've been missing...
    • +1 PPT for VS2013
  • VS 2013: Remove and Sort Usings and Format Document on Save
    1 Posts | Last post November 07, 2013
    • For those of you that cannot wait for the release of Productivity Power Tools 2013 and still need the 'Organize Usings / Remove and Sort' + 'Format Document' on every Save feature. I have created a minimal extension that does the job:
      Extension: Remove and Sort Usings and Format Document on Save
  • Colorized Parameter Help - No Color Style for struct Types
    1 Posts | Last post November 04, 2013
    • Not sure if this has been reported but it appears that when the 'Colorized Parameter Help' option is enabled struct Types do not have any colors applied to them.  I tried changing all of the 'Signature Help - *' font options that were Black to another color but none of them change the struct colors.  The only way to have struct types display normally is to disable the 'Colorized Parameter Help' option.  Hopefully you can resolve this issue in a future version so I can use the 'Colorized Parameter Help' option as it was intended to work.
      Thank you.
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