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VSCommands for Visual Studio 2012

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VSCommands for Visual Studio 2012

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5 Star
by TS-Micah | June 28 2013

VSCommands is a MUST-HAVE fantastic productivity tool-set additions for Visual Studio. I couldn't live without it and was glad to see it available in VS2012 as I've been using it for years in VS2010.

Squared Infinity [Jarek Kardas] has been top-notch when it comes to feature requests. I'm sure it's no easy task, so thank you! Keep it up!

5 Star
by Shimmy Weitzhandler | June 10 2013

Best extension on gallery for sure.

5 Star
by Stampos | June 04 2013

Worth it just for the drag and drop protection to anyone running SVN.

5 Star
by Matt DiTrolio | May 31 2013

One of my favorites!

5 Star
by Richard Dutton | May 31 2013

Essential Visual Studio extension from an awesome developer, always the first thing I install on any machine I work on.

5 Star
by Paiden36 | April 30 2013

Very useful extension that is one of the first extensions I always install after installing VisualStudio. Makes life for many not so common development tasks (e.g. edit project/solution file, ...) so much simpler.

One tip for the developer of this extension (if you don't know already). The extension now has about ~8.5MB in size (The largest I've seen till today, if I remember correctly). If you extract the VSIX and rezip it with for e.g. 7-Zip in Ultra compression mode it will only have ~3.8MB and will still simply work. I know in times where nearly everybody has DSL it doesn't matter that much. But why download 8.5MB when you can achieve the same thing with 3.8MB :-).

Keep up the good work.

5 Star
by Xperiandri | March 09 2013

Very useful set of tools.
But it would be better to integrate settings into native Visual Studio setting window.

5 Star
by Selçuk Ermaya | March 05 2013

Awesome tool! Thanks!

1 Star
by Karel Kral | March 04 2013

With all of my last items in taskbar are gone forever!

If VS 2012 is pinned to taskbar, there should be recent items displayesd on right click. But after installing all items are gone and all I can see is Startup Modes!

Uninstalled VS Commands but recent items are still gone.

Quick fix: Unistall VS Commands and delete C:\Users\<profile>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\CustomDestinations\aff2ffdd0862ff5c.customDestinations-ms

Squared Infinity [Jarek Kardas] March 05 2013
| Edit |

Thank you for reporting this bug, the fix will be ready later today.

UPDATE: Fix has been published with
Here's more information about what has been changed:

5 Star
by WillFoster | January 30 2013

This is a fantastic tool which no developer should be without; Jarek also responds faster than the speed of light to any issues encountered!

4 Star
by thnk2wn | January 30 2013

Exception Type : Microsoft.Practices.Unity.ResolutionFailedException&#x000D;&#x000A;Exception Message : Resolution of the dependency failed, type = &quot;SquaredInfinity.Foundation.Configuration.Services.IConfigurationService&quot;, name = &quot;(none)&quot;.&#x000D;&#x000A;Exception occurred while: while resolving.&#x000D;&#x000A;Exception is: InvalidOperationException - The current type, SquaredInfinity.Foundation.Configuration.Services.IConfigurationService, is an interface and cannot be constructed. Are you missing a type mapping?&#x000D;

Squared Infinity [Jarek Kardas] January 30 2013
| Edit |

Hi, I believe latest version ( should fix this issue.

5 Star
by JimMarq | January 30 2013

UPDATE: Putting this back up to a 5. I sent Jarek an email, and he had already (within 10 minutes) updated the extension to address my issue. I can't complain about that kind of turn-around!!!

For reference, fixed the problem found in the issue below.

Exception Type : Microsoft.Practices.Unity.ResolutionFailedException Exception Message : Resolution of the dependency failed, type = "SquaredInfinity.Foundation.Configuration.Services.IConfigurationService", name = "(none)". Exception occurred while: while resolving. Exception is: InvalidOperationException - The current type, SquaredInfinity.Foundation.Configuration.Services.IConfigurationService, is an interface and cannot be constructed. Are you missing a type mapping?

5 Star
by Maris Krivtezs | January 03 2013

Can't live without this extension :)

5 Star
by TechoNeto | December 27 2012

Like it

2 Star
by Ofir Shemesh | December 19 2012

this version for VS2012 is not yet mature, lots of the features are not working at all (zoom saving for example), and some are not fitted to VS2012 new look (black text for example).

Squared Infinity [Jarek Kardas] March 04 2013
| Edit |

Hi, I believe that zoom saving should be fixed now. As for black text issue, could you point me to the window in which it happens? Thank you in advance,

3 Star
by bobfox | November 30 2012

1) Installed latest build today on latest DevExpress bits and problem is not fixed!

2) Options pages display with dark/black foreground on dark VS skin.
Have to switch to light VS skin just to be able to change options!

Squared Infinity [Jarek Kardas] November 30 2012
| Edit |

Hi, by problem not fixed do you mean that Visual Studio still crashes? Could you please email me at so we can try to figure out what is wrong?

Thank you in advance,

1 Star
by LFLF | November 28 2012

Crashed VS 2012

Several hours missed because of this plugin.

Not installing again

Squared Infinity [Jarek Kardas] November 28 2012
| Edit |

Hi There, Last build didn't play well with DevExpress addin due to compatibility issue. It has been fixed now, so you can either get latest version of VSCommands or latested build of DevExpress addin from

4 Star
by Dexter L | November 26 2012

Crashing to Desktop on all 4 of my boxes

Squared Infinity [Jarek Kardas] November 26 2012
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Hi Dexter, latest version has known compatibility issue with DevExpress addin. Fix for this will be available tomorrow. Thanks, Jarek

5 Star
by milasch | November 26 2012

Getting an exception when starting visual studio 2012 premium.

Have to uninstall, it's unusable as it is.

Exception Type : Microsoft.Practices.Unity.ResolutionFailedException&#x000D;&#x000A;Exception Message : Resolution of the dependency failed, type = &quot;SquaredInfinity.Foundation.Configuration.Services.IConfigurationService

Where can I report this bug?

EDIT: Yeah, it's fixed. I'm yet to explore the goodies and then I'll give my rating =]. Thanks Jarek

5 Star
by Sevanmarc | November 20 2012

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  • .net version required
    2 Posts | Last post August 22, 2016
    • I've tried to install vscommands on VS2012 ultimate. My machine is running win 10. Install fails with following message in installLog: "Install Error : Microsoft.VisualStudio.ExtensionManager.MissingTargetFrameworkException: The extension 'VSCommands for Visual Studio 2012' requires a version of the .NET Framework that is not installed."
      Which version of .net is required for vscommands2012 ?
    • I get this same error when attempting to install the extension.
  • VSCommands is not compatible message keep popping up
    10 Posts | Last post June 19, 2015
    • I installed the VSCommands long time ago on my VS 2012 Ultimate.  For some reason, I am getting a the below pop-up message every time I start a new instance of VS2012.
      "As of 9/20/2014 12:00:00 AM this version of VSCommands is not compatible with latest Visual Studio components.  Please download latest version from or Extension Manager".  
      How to stop this?
      I tried to install the latest version of VSCommands.  It doesn't stop the pop-up windows.
      I tried to uninstall the VSCommands.  It doesn't stop this as well.
      Any suggestions?
    • I get the same thing except with at date of 1/30/2015.  Tried to install the latest but it says it is already installed.  Very annoying.
    • I get same message with a date of 1/30/2015. After re-installing VSCommands with latest version i still get this message.
      I have a chance to get a fix?
    • this started happening to me today, says as of 1/30/2015 it doesn't work anymore.  downloaded newest version, just does the same thing.
    • This also started happening to me today.  Mine says 1/30/2015 as well.  Tried downloading and re-installing, same message.
    • This also started happening to me today.  Mine says 1/30/2015 as well.  Tried downloading and re-installing, same message. I wonder if it is due to some changes in VS components...
    • We're having this issue at my workplace. Dozens affected. It even crashes VS for some of us.
    • Why do they have this modal dialog in the first place? It doesn't make any sense.
    • is anyone working to fix this? Some type of status would be nice to know that you are hearing what we are saying.
    • I had the same problem, but the latest version (3.0.15) fixed the problem for me. Open the VSCommands menu (tools -> VSCommands) and there should be a menu item suggestings an update is available.
  • Free?
    1 Posts | Last post February 23, 2015
    • So I heard good things about this tool so I downloaded and installed it.  Unfortunately, it doesn't work without a license which cost $50.  Am I missing something?  I don't mind paying to support, but when it says Free on the download page, I figured it was actually Free.  It is not even free for a 30 day trial so I can see if it is what I need.  I uninstalled it at this point and am going to move on, but I feel like there needs to be an explanation of why it says free, but requires a $50 license to even use it.
  • Code Block End Tagger and C++ Projects
    4 Posts | Last post December 17, 2014
    • Hi there, I was curious if the Code Block End Tagger feature is supported in C++ projects? Also if it is, do you have to have intelisense enabled?
    • It isn't supported in C++ at the moment, but I'm working on it.
      Currently focusing on VS2013 release and will get back to it right after that.
    • Ah fantastic! :) I recently purchased the extension as I thought it was just brilliant. I spend most of my time in C++ so I'm very much looking forward to the update.
      Thanks again, great product!
    • What is the progress on the issue? Seems like it is still not working in VSCommands for VS2013.
  • attach to iis button disabled
    2 Posts | Last post July 24, 2014
    • hello,
      the attach to iis button disabled in my visual studio 2012 installation.
      manually attaching via DEBUG > Attach to process > w3wp.exe (with correct apppool) works 
      visual studio 2012 is started as administrator.
      any ideas?
    • solved it :)
      the problem was a corrupt vscommands settings file (C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\VSC 11\vscommands.vsc11.settings) - i renamed it, reinstalled vscommmands and then everything worked again.
  • Code Block End Tagger
    4 Posts | Last post June 23, 2014
    • File Structure must be open and analyse one c# document (on each instance of VS) to Code Block End Tagger works, otherwise Code Block End Tagger not working
    • and also File Structure will not be clear if current file closed, and an error occurred when click an item after close it's file
    • Thank you for the feedback!
      I'll address this issues in next few days.
    • I noticed this too in VS2012, Win7x64. I opened File Structure once and now the Code Block End Tagger works again.
  • What happened to file groups in solution explorer
    1 Posts | Last post May 13, 2014
      The group feature is missing in
      I tried looking for an option for it, but that also doesn't exist.
  • Output coloring stopped working
    1 Posts | Last post April 16, 2014
    • I currently have VS2012 with VSCommands installed. I don't know if installing VS2013 side-by-side has anything to do with this, but I notice today that in VS2012, the output coloring is no longer taking place. I tried recreating the fonts and colors category in VS options, but that didn't help.
      What happened and how do I resolve this??
  • vsc:BranchName
    1 Posts | Last post April 03, 2014
    • One thing that I searched for that wasn't obvious in the help for Solution Badges was how to change from "default" branch when hitting Alt+Tab and in the custom Start Page.
      I finally found {vsc:branchName} and put it in my Mercurial Branch Name Pattern. I am now very happy with the product and if all goes well will be presenting it to the team for purchase.
      It would be very helpful to have a documented list of these tags and link to them in the help for Solution Badges.
      Thanks! I love the product.
  • R# Incompatability?
    1 Posts | Last post February 12, 2014
    • I have R# installed and as soon as I install VSCommands, the intellisence in XAML stops working. For example, when I am trying to add the design datasource 'd:DataContext' and 'd:DesignInstance', after ':' it does not provide me with the possible choices. I need to uninstall VSCommands and reinstall R#, only then I get the functionality back. Does anyone have the same problem, or know how to fix it?
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