Web Essentials


Adds many useful features to Visual Studio for web developers

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by JayChase | November 03 2014

Really is essential for working with javascript in Visual Studio.

by Ed (DareDevil57) | August 14 2014

by Bob Blork | May 30 2014

nice! i like that you put in a link for a video.

by Uroš Smolnik | March 01 2014

by John E. Bailey | February 06 2014

I would previously have rated this 5 stars, but this latest version runs
the "linter" on every build, which basically kills my development
environment on any project of any size. There does not appear to be a
way to prevent it from running on minimized files.

You can turn this behavior off in the options, otherwise I would have to
disable this extension entirely.

by Jernej Novak | October 18 2013

by NNToan | October 15 2013

Awesome tool for me :(

by Arthur Mubarakshin | June 17 2013

by D. Chatterjee | May 20 2013

by CharlieG | March 29 2013

Pure goodness. Zen Coding integration is killer. Thank you sir!

by matengo | March 14 2013

Freezes Visual Studio completely when I have knockout attributes in the HTML.. Have to terminate VS and restart over and over again.. The web essentials is disabled until this is fixed.. I really hope you work on this.

by 布尔运算 | February 22 2013

not work for me now , like the extensions is disabled.

by Waqas M | February 08 2013

Very useful features to Visual Studio for web developers

by SurgeForward | December 20 2012

This extension made typescript far more accessible. I look forward to SCSS support!

by neez1 | December 08 2012

Hi, excellent tool. highly appreciated. but it extremely slows done while you are writing JS code. you need to work on it.

P.S: that dude seems to be jealous through out the video when you are presenting your plugin.

by mdarens | October 25 2012

by cloudfuse | October 02 2012

I am downloading and installing this for the collapsible code brace region feature. if (stateMentTooLong){... I want to collapse it now without regions....}

but lo! that feature is not working in my VS2010.

by gbiamby | September 27 2012

This add-in is great in VS2012, except for one problem: most of the time when I try to save a .coffee file that has syntax errors, Visual Studio crashes. Let me know if there is any info I can send to help you debug this.

by Rob Reynolds (FerventCoder) | August 26 2012

Fantastic addition to Visual Studio!

by PaulJSanchez | July 20 2012

It become unusable when editing medium-large javascript files... about a second delay from keypress to character appearing in the document! I had to disable it... when bugs like this dissapear, I'll give another try.

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  • Formatting Document messes up font tags
    1 Posts | Last post October 16, 2012
    • I'm using VS 2012 with Web Essentials and when I have a any tag that has a "/" in it, formatting the document adds a space before and after "/" for a font tag it will go from font: 25px/25px Arial; to font: 25px / 25px Arial. When will this be fixed?
  • Does LESS support work in VS2010?
    3 Posts | Last post October 11, 2012
    • With no other extensions but Resharper and NuGet, VS 2010 still treats LESS files as text files (no syntax highlighting or intellisense). Nothing changed after installing this extension re: that.
      Is this known or expected? I see something about syntax highlighting that suggests using Mindscape extension, is this a complimentary to the other one? (I thought it can replace it, if for only editing the file, not generating CSS, etc..)
    • Same for me. I'd be interested to know if this works for anyone else.
    • I have the same issue. 2012 works great but in 2010, there are no less templates, no split view for .less, no css generation, no highlighting, completion, or collapsing. The extension appears to be installed, but I'd expect to see the Web Essentials options in the options menu, and I don't see it.
  • -webkit-box-shadow has faulty validation
    1 Posts | Last post August 16, 2012
    • This syntax is fully functioning: -webkit-box-shadow: 4px 4px 10px 0 rgba(0, 0, 0, .3), although fails miserably in validation.
  • VS crash after upgrade to 2.7
    3 Posts | Last post April 25, 2012
    • Just upgraded to ver. 2.7. When copy/pasting styles in a stylesheet I start getting exceptions on the paste, is this a know issue with this version? Is there any log information to look into? 
    • I too get this error. I assume it is the dialog "Visual Studio has encountered an exception. This may be caused by an extension...?" Once you click on OK everything continues as normal. VS doesn't crash.
    • Same here. I pulled a style sheet from the jquery site and pasting it in an aspx page the first time after the document is open resulted in the error. Opening  the page with the stylesheet any time after that there were no messages thrown. I had to close VS and re-open it again to in order to throw the error again.
      	.ui-button { margin-left: -1px; }
      	.ui-button-icon-only .ui-button-text { padding: 0.35em; } 
      	.ui-autocomplete-input { margin: 0; padding: 0.48em 0 0.47em 0.45em; }
      	.ui-autocomplete {
      		max-height: 200px;
      		overflow-y: auto;
      		/* prevent horizontal scrollbar */
      		overflow-x: hidden;
      		/* add padding to account for vertical scrollbar */
      		padding-right: 20px;
      	/* IE 6 doesn't support max-height
      	 * we use height instead, but this forces the menu to always be this tall
      	* html .ui-autocomplete {
      		height: 200px;
  • How To Update?
    1 Posts | Last post April 19, 2012
    • Hi,
      I currently have build 2.6 installed. When I last ran VS it said there was an update, so it took me to this page.
      When I now try to install 2.7, I get:
      "This extensioin is already installed to all applicable products."
      Thanks for the help,
  • Javascript brace matching not fully working.
    1 Posts | Last post March 27, 2012
    • Just a small bug report: I have found that JS brace matching does not always work.  It appears to be a problem when the braces span a large number of statements or perhaps a complex set of statements.  For example, I have found that braces surrounding my jqGrid definition (roughly 90 lines long) do not get matched.  Not a huge issue, but finding braces that spread out is when brace matching is the most handy.
      Joseph Schrag
  • Bug with dragging usercontrols to designer
    1 Posts | Last post March 06, 2012
    • The dragging of usercontrols to the designer doesn't work if you are doing a website with IIS as the source.  It creates this in the header:
      <%@ Register Src="~/http://localhost/e/_resources/controls/ucGoogleAnalytics.ascx" TagPrefix="uc" TagName="ucGoogleAnalytics" %>
  • Awesome Extension with some minor issues
    2 Posts | Last post March 06, 2012
    • This is a great extension with some really useful tools, especially for front-end development.
      However, after installing this extension I have a slight issue where when style property names or values and auto-completed in the CSS editor, a new-line is automatically inserted. As I write my CSS selectors and rules all on a single line instead of having each style on a separate line this is really starting to frustrate me.
      Other than that, its perfect
    • Yup, I second the problem with the newline.  I keep thinking I have hit enter by mistake..
  • Multiple colours in css
    1 Posts | Last post February 24, 2012
    • I wanted this extension to help me with css and to highlight the colours. It only highlights the first colour in the line.
      a.selected { color: #197403; background: #A3D796 url("
      only the color tag gets the useful colour square next to it.
  • Syntax highlighting for LESS
    3 Posts | Last post February 24, 2012
    • This is a great extension but unfortunately it doesn't play nicely with LessExtension. It disables the syntax highlighting that LessExtension adds for .less files. Would you consider adding less syntax highlighting to Web Essentials or making Web Essentials compatible with LessExtension?
    • If you haven't, you should try the Web Workbench extension by Mindscape. It does LESS, SaSS and CoffeeScript and Web Essentials play very nicely with it
    • I couldn't get it working with Web Workbench. Any help???
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