Productivity Power Tools


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

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One of the best extensions around, highly recommend.

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.

by Ammar.Zaied | February 13 2015

Good plugin !

by gimystic | January 20 2015

by 独立观察员 | December 31 2014


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!

by Ed (DareDevil57) | August 14 2014

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.

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.

by Shreeharsh Ambli | April 17 2014

essential for older VS version for sure

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.

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.

by Johnny Frits | February 25 2014

The tool is very good but after installing Productivity Power Tools was not possible to navigate within the expression editor in the file .rdlc (Report) using the arrow keys. This impaired enough.
This can be changed now or is an error that needs correcting?

by leitheim | January 27 2014

This is just EXCELLENT add-on tool. It helps me to do exactly what I need in my development. I just started to use it and I'm charmed, we will see what is going to happen after some time as I had experienced some issues with add-ons regarding the cached data and slowness after certain time of use.
For now this is exactly what I needed and I hope it will stay stable and fast as it was the first time I opened the feature.
Keep up the excellent work and Thanks a bunch!!!!

by KJS100 | January 24 2014

OpenXML editor is suppose to open a document, excel spreadsheet...
(if you drag them into VS) in the various XML parts.
I try this it opens EXCEL or WORD....
WHAT needs to be turned ON to make it open the XML Parts?
Yes, Productivity Power tools have been installed
(and uninstalled and reinstalled) many times. VS has been closed
and reopened many times.

by Eugene Astafiev | December 07 2013

by Dave_Bur | November 21 2013

by Allen Luther | November 05 2013

that's a great tool and I use this a lot in the VS2012.
But now I am using VS2013, is there any update plan for the VS2013?

by Leonardo Lourenço Silva | October 31 2013

Excellent tool !!!
Essential to all developers !!!

by Bruno Maestro | October 24 2013

With MySql database when I select the option it does not save my password every time I do the reverse must report all data.

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  • 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!
  • My Menu Edit-> Align Assignment is disabled. Why ?
    1 Posts | Last post February 23, 2013
    • I am using VS 2010 Ultimate. I installed Productivity Power Tools, then I restarted my VS, but Menu Edit-> Align Assignment is disabled. Why ? Please help me. Thanks.
  • Mouse wheel scrolling broken
    1 Posts | Last post February 21, 2013
    • The Solution Navigator looks great, but it's really painful that mouse wheel scrolling is badly broken. I have to click an item in the list every time before the wheel will scroll anywhere. After clicking an expander button, I first need to click an item again! Even if it's still selected.
      I understand (but do not respect) that Microsoft sees the mouse wheel like a key mounted on the keyboard, following the keyboard focus instead of the mouse cursor, but this is even worse!
      If anybody is still working on this tool, please consider fixing this completely. The mouse wheel is supposed to scroll anything that's currently under the mouse cursor, focused or not. Every single web browser - including Internet Explorer - can do that.
  • Startup project
    1 Posts | Last post January 21, 2013
    • In VS2010 when selecting multiple startup projects option Solution Navigator shows single startup project in bold. Is it a feature or a bug?
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