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Productivity Power Tools


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

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by AlbertoMonteiro | September 26 2016

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by Augusto Cedeño | April 14 2016

Muy útil

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by RavichandranK | February 26 2016

Nice tool

5 Star
by JohnWilson65 | February 17 2016

It's about time this becomes a VS default

4 Star
by pmdci | February 02 2016

So good that it should be part of the core VS experience, not an extension!

5 Star
by Ruud Borst | November 03 2015


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by santakdalai90 | October 14 2015

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by Vinod Pankajakshan | October 08 2015

Very useful set to tools.

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by taking dumps while taking names | July 29 2015

One of the best extensions around, highly recommend.

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by Darien Pardinas | June 09 2015

It would be good if the selected tab could be made more distinctive by setting the file name with bold font.

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by Ammar.Zaied | February 13 2015

Good plugin !

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by gimystic | January 20 2015

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by 独立观察员 | December 31 2014


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by Perrin Larson | September 12 2014

This addon is EXTREMELY annoying. I downloaded it for VS 2012 because I wanted the special scroll bars with code previews built in. I got those, and they are neat, but I got them along with a HOST of problems.
Including, but not limited too:

1) Sometimes, when trying to double click a var or type name to select the whole word, it now turn it into a link between the 1st and second click, so that I get messed up by going to the item definition instead of selecting the word. It does this inconsistently too, so I never know when it will happen.
2) When changing settings, it sometimes likes to change my color scheme without my permission.
3) Code coloring sometimes gets messed up. Most notably Struct names, like System.Guid, which now gets inconsistently colored as either Automatic black, or the default teal of type names.
4) Automatic indentation sometimes gets messed up at apparently random times. For example,
Sometimes it will indent properly, like:
if () {
[indent][cursor here]
and sometimes it will MASSIVELY over indent my cursor, like:
if () {
[indent][indent][indent][indent][cursor here]

Overall, I rate this addon as AWEFUL AWEFUL AWEFUL! Do NOT use!

5 Star
by Ed (DareDevil57) | August 14 2014

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by Barry Seymour | June 18 2014

I have to say I HATE the new find/replace dialog in VS 2013. This pack brings that awful dialog to Visual Studio 2010.

Alan Cooper, the father of the original Visual Basic, said the functionality of the programs you write must be 'discoverable.' Microsoft has been moving further and further away from this over the past ten years. First they hid the underlining under menu shortcut keys. Then they hid the menus by default in Windows. Then they added ribbons with godawful three-part (or more)keyboard shortcuts.

Now we have this ridiculously minimal and buggy find / replace dialog. What are the keyboard shortcuts to specify things like 'search by entire word' or 'match case?' No where to be found! You have to click with the mouse to drop down the options, then select one. Too many clicks, too tiny a font. Very often after making such selections, the enter key does not initiate the search -- have to press F3. I hate hate hate it.

I uninstalled this productivity pack just because it made those changes to the find/replace dialog in VS 2010.

4 Star
by bcollie | June 13 2014

Pinned tabs are great and the solution navigator is pretty good as well. I would like to see the files sorted when Open, Unsaved or Edited filters are active.

4 Star
by Shreeharsh Ambli | April 17 2014

essential for older VS version for sure

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by afasfdadsfgsafwef | March 21 2014

Tab well colors and grouping are very helpful. Only additional feature I would like to see added would be a multilevel tab well when it is in the top or bottom position (like in the Tabs Studio extension, see link). Having the tabs on the side wastes a lot of screen space and you still can't read long file names.

4 Star
by diffS | March 11 2014

I wish the Solution Navigator search should be increase the Speed and should Support wild card along with camel Case search.

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  • Request; Change Window Title Based on Regex?
    1 Posts | Last post June 24, 2013
    • Hey!
      Love this tool, and just found the ability to change my window title (I'm assuming that's this extension?).
      I'd love if it could be set by a regex.  Being able to specify the "Branch name" via a regex for the opened solution would save a lot of manual changing of things.
  • Repair keyboard shortcuts
    1 Posts | Last post June 14, 2013
    • The very useful keyboard shortcuts don't work anymore (for instance Ctrl+R,R for renaming). Probably, because I tried others tools as well that mixed up the shortcuts. How can I repair them?
      I already tried uninstalling and installing de power tools but that doesn't work.
  • Signature Help crashing VS2012
    1 Posts | Last post June 05, 2013
    • My VS2012 is seemingly randomly crashing a few times each day whilst editing code. It spits out the .NET Runtime error below in the event viewer. I soon discovered that the ColorizedSignatureHelp class is from the ColorizedSignatureHelp.dll from this Extension, so there's a nasty bug in there. 
      Anyone know of any workarounds for this one as the crashes are driving me nuts?
      Application: devenv.exe
      Framework Version: v4.0.30319
      Description: The process was terminated due to an unhandled exception.
      Exception Info: System.AccessViolationException
         at Microsoft.VisualBasic.Interop.NativeMethods.AsBoolean(IntPtr, Microsoft.VisualBasic.Interop.ProjectFieldId)
         at Microsoft.VisualBasic.SourceFile.ResolveType(System.String, Int32)
         at ColorizedSignatureHelp.Binders.VBClassificationTypeBinder.GetClassificationTypeName(System.Collections.ObjectModel.ReadOnlyCollection`1<ColorizedSignatureHelp.Scanners.ScannerToken>, Int32)
         at ColorizedSignatureHelp.Classifiers.BaseSignatureHelpClassifier.GetClassificationSpans(Microsoft.VisualStudio.Text.SnapshotSpan)
         at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Text.Classification.Implementation.ClassifierTagger+<GetTags>d__0.MoveNext()
         at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Text.Tagging.Implementation.TagAggregator`1+<GetTagsForBuffer>d__16[[System.__Canon, mscorlib, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089]].MoveNext()
         at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Text.Tagging.Implementation.TagAggregator`1+<InternalGetTags>d__20[[System.__Canon, mscorlib, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089]].MoveNext()
         at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Text.Tagging.Implementation.TagAggregator`1+<GetTags>d__2[[System.__Canon, mscorlib, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089]].MoveNext()
         at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Text.Classification.Implementation.ClassifierAggregator.GetClassificationSpans(Microsoft.VisualStudio.Text.SnapshotSpan)
      .... etc
  • Hide the mixed tabs and spaces warning?
    1 Posts | Last post May 24, 2013
    • Productivity Power Tools is a great addition to VS2010. My only complaint is the mixed tabs and spaces warning never goes away even when I change the settings in the options and click the "Don't show again" button. Is there any way to keep these warnings from popping up? I don't want to fix mixed tabs and I'm getting tired of clicking the "Don't show again" button over and over again.
  • Paste BUG in Quick Find
    1 Posts | Last post April 16, 2013
    • If the cursor is in the Quick Find tool window (arrow keys can move the cursor left-right), and use CTRL+V to paste, the paste actually mangles code in the Editor, it does not paste in the Quick Find window
  • How can I export and import all my settings?
    1 Posts | Last post April 10, 2013
    • The settings from this extension are *not* included in the regular export and import wizard, like it would supposed to be. Other extensions can do it as well. This one can do everything but not that. Copying the registry branch HKCU\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\10.0\DialogPage may contain some of the information, but at least not the most important: Which features of this all-in-one extension are enabled or disabled. Where is that setting stored, so I can at least copy it myself?
  • Exception in VS2010
    1 Posts | Last post March 26, 2013
    • Hi,
      I consistently get an exception on the first mouse-over (even with all tools disabled):
          <time>2013/03/26 11:28:40.350</time>
          <source>Editor or Editor Extension</source>
          <description>System.IO.FileNotFoundException: Could not load file or assembly &apos;Microsoft.VisualStudio.CSharp.Services.Language, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b03f5f7f11d50a3a&apos; or one of its dependencies. The system cannot find the file specified.&#x000D;&#x000A;File name: &apos;Microsoft.VisualStudio.CSharp.Services.Language, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b03f5f7f11d50a3a&apos;&#x000D;&#x000A;   at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Labs.TextViewCreationListener.TextViewSinkManager.TextViewSink.textView_MouseHover(Object sender, MouseHoverEventArgs e)&#x000D;&#x000A;   at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Text.Editor.Implementation.WpfTextView.RaiseHoverEvents()&#x000D;&#x000A;&#x000D;&#x000A;WRN: Assembly binding logging is turned OFF.&#x000D;&#x000A;To enable assembly bind failure logging, set the registry value [HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Fusion!EnableLog] (DWORD) to 1.&#x000D;&#x000A;Note: There is some performance penalty associated with assembly bind failure logging.&#x000D;&#x000A;To turn this feature off, remove the registry value [HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Fusion!EnableLog].&#x000D;&#x000A;</description>
      I am on Win-8-64. Any ideas?
  • Improve performance of the solution navigator
    2 Posts | Last post March 18, 2013
    • Please improve the performance of the solution navigator. It's too slow to use with large solutions (in my case, 40 projects). The scrolling is so slow that I often use the solution explorer in addition to the navigator, because it's much faster.
      I have a fast machine (Intel Core i7 2600k, 16 GB RAM, AMD Radeon HD 6950 with 2 GB, OCZ Vertex 3), but it's way too slow to completely replace the solution explorer.
    • This is still a problem on 3/8/2013.  too bad. I really like it.  But have turned it because it slows me down, in large projects.
  • Find Results in Enhanced Scroll Bar
    1 Posts | Last post March 08, 2013
    • Great extension; very handy.
      It would be even better if there were TWO color selectors for Find Results in the Enhanced Scroll Bar options:
      -Find results color in the scroll bar
      -Find results color in the editor
      One the most useful aspects of RockScroll/MetalScroll was the ability to see all instances of a given string in a file at a glance. The existing Caret location highlighting (in scroll bar + editor) is a step in the right direction, but having the same options for Find results would be even better.
  • Enable align assigments for javascript and integrate it wiht format document
    1 Posts | Last post February 28, 2013
    • First of all PLEASE integrate it with Format Document.
      Otherwise is uselless as each command cancel the other.
      Second of all enable it for javascript files as well!
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