Productivity Power Tools

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

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11/9/2012
10.0.20626.18
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by Ammar.Zaied | February 13 2015

Good plugin !

by gimystic | January 20 2015

by 独立观察员 | December 31 2014

喜欢她的搜索字符固定高亮功能。

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.

http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/EBF6137E-AA2D-4DC9-860A-F04168F11CD7

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 | Tue 1:13 PM

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.
However, EVERYTIME
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.
WHY WILL THIS NOT WORK?

by Eugene Astafiev | December 07 2013

by Dave_Bur | November 22 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.

by SegaWang | September 23 2013

Perfect tool~
PS: Is it possible for VS2008 ?

by michal_bb | September 18 2013

Productivity Power Tools == Essential VS Tools

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  • Add Reference Error
    1 Posts | Last post August 12, 2010
    • Crashed adding a reference to the project.
      
      Application: devenv.exe
      Framework Version: v4.0.30319
      Description: The process was terminated due to an unhandled exception.
      Exception Info: System.NullReferenceException
      Stack:
         at Microsoft.VSProjectPlus.AssemblyReferenceProvider.PopulateObservableAssemblyCollection(System.Collections.Generic.IEnumerable`1<Microsoft.VSProjectPlus.Utilities.AssemblyIdentity>)
         at Microsoft.VSProjectPlus.AssemblyReferenceProvider.PopulateFrameworkAssemblies(System.Object)
         at System.Threading.QueueUserWorkItemCallback.WaitCallback_Context(System.Object)
         at System.Threading.ExecutionContext.Run(System.Threading.ExecutionContext, System.Threading.ContextCallback, System.Object, Boolean)
         at System.Threading.QueueUserWorkItemCallback.System.Threading.IThreadPoolWorkItem.ExecuteWorkItem()
         at System.Threading.ThreadPoolWorkQueue.Dispatch()
         at System.Threading._ThreadPoolWaitCallback.PerformWaitCallback()
      
      
      EventType clr20r3, P1 devenv.exe, P2 10.0.30319.1, P3 4ba1fab3, P4 microsoft.vsprojectplus.addreference, P5 0.0.0.0, P6 4c39516c, P7 74, P8 11b, P9 system.nullreferenceexception, P10 NIL.
  • Copy Html function often got incorrect result
    6 Posts | Last post August 12, 2010
    • It was a indeed cool feature, I look forward to it for a long period.
      But it seems that there may be some bug.....copy code often not fully copy all of the codes I selected, and got some incomplete html tags.
    • I've found that this issue also due to tabs.
    • may be some mistake. i'm trying to solve this issue. will be back if resolved.
    • I think this issue has been solved. It's due to convert html text to clipboard html data format process, we can't just calculate how many characters there are, we need to count how many bytes used under utf-8 encoding. In addition, I also added a feature to remove block text indent.
    • See http://www.cnblogs.com/nicch/archive/2010/06/13/vs2010_powertools_copyashtml_fix.html for solution(chinese).
      or download copyashtml.dll(http://files.cnblogs.com/nicch/CopyAsHtml.zip) or project(http://files.cnblogs.com/nicch/CopyAsHtml_src.zip).
      
      apologize for decompoiling assembly.
    • Thank you very much for reporting the issue and great job on fixing it yourself! I've just fixed the bug, so you should see it working fine in the next update:
      http://blogs.msdn.com/b/kirillosenkov/archive/2010/08/11/html-copy-extension-from-pro-power-tools-not-working-with-live-writer.aspx
  • Add Reference dialog throws exception
    2 Posts | Last post August 10, 2010
    • Every time I use the AddReferenceDialog I have the following exception thrown after I have added the reference/when the dialog is closing.  I am using v 10.0.10710.22
      
      20/07/2010 10:00:33
      System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.
         at Microsoft.VSProjectPlus.AddReferenceDialog.AddReferenceDialogView_Closed(Object sender, EventArgs e)
         at System.Windows.Window.OnClosed(EventArgs e)
         at Microsoft.VisualStudio.PlatformUI.DialogWindowBase.OnClosed(EventArgs e)
         at System.Windows.Window.WmDestroy()
    • I have the exact same symptoms but the error is different, using VS 2010 Ultimate on Windows XP SP3, I guess testing wasn't a priority in this release.
      
      EventType clr20r3, P1 devenv.exe, P2 10.0.30319.1, P3 4ba1fab3, P4 microsoft.vsprojectplus.addreference, P5 0.0.0.0, P6 4c39516c, P7 74, P8 11b, P9 system.nullreferenceexception, P10 NIL.
      
      Application: devenv.exe
      Framework Version: v4.0.30319
      Description: The process was terminated due to an unhandled exception.
      Exception Info: System.NullReferenceException
      Stack:
         at Microsoft.VSProjectPlus.TypeLibraryReferenceProvider.PopulateTypeLibraries(System.Object)
         at System.Threading.QueueUserWorkItemCallback.WaitCallback_Context(System.Object)
         at System.Threading.ExecutionContext.Run(System.Threading.ExecutionContext, System.Threading.ContextCallback, System.Object, Boolean)
         at System.Threading.QueueUserWorkItemCallback.System.Threading.IThreadPoolWorkItem.ExecuteWorkItem()
         at System.Threading.ThreadPoolWorkQueue.Dispatch()
         at System.Threading._ThreadPoolWaitCallback.PerformWaitCallback()
  • Middle mouse button click...not working
    1 Posts | Last post August 10, 2010
    • Is it just me or did the ability to close a tab by clicking the middle mouse button stop working?  I can still do this in SQL Studio, Firefox, etc. so seems like the mouse is working fine.
      
      Amil
  • Solution Navigator Suggestions
    1 Posts | Last post August 10, 2010
    • The solution navigator is great!  I have two suggestions.
      
      1. Support for drag-and-drop adding of items.  If you drag an item into a project in SN now, instead of adding the item to the project, the item simply opens as if it were dragged into the main VS window.
      
      2. Support for re-ordering of projects.  Projects show up alphabetically in SN just like in SE.  However, when working on a couple of projects in a large solution, I would like those projects to appear at the top.  Allowing projects to be re-ordered would be great, but even "Pin To Top" would be nice.
      
      Thanks for a great extension!  I absolutely love it.
  • Solution Navigator - Keyboard shortcut to search box
    1 Posts | Last post August 10, 2010
    • Is there any way to assign a keyboard shortcut to the search box in the Solution Navigator? Or is there already such a keyboard shortcut?
      
      If not, this would be a very helpful addition.
  • Solution Navigator - Mouse Wheel Scroll bug
    1 Posts | Last post August 10, 2010
    • If you expand a project and select a node. Now collapse the project which presumably leaves that node selected. Using the mouse wheel to scroll no longer works. Anyone else see this behavior?
  • Suggestion for a refresh button in the Solution Navigator
    1 Posts | Last post August 09, 2010
    • I noticed that the Solution Navigator currently misses a refresh button like the one present in the Solution Explorer.
      
      This is the only feature that keeps me from totally removing the Solution Explorer tab since I didn't find any other functionality that isn't also present in the Solution Navigator provided by this excellent extension.
  • V10.0.10725.12: Add Reference Dialog doesn't work
    1 Posts | Last post August 09, 2010
    • Hi,
      since the last update the searchable Add Reference dialog doesn't work anymore:
      ---------------------------
      Could not show Add Reference Dialog
      ---------------------------
      The Add Reference Dialog could not be shown due to the error:
      
      Der Pfad hat ein ungültiges Format. (German, translated: The Path has an incorrect format.)
      
      The error details has been saved to C:\Users\SeriTools\AppData\Local\Microsoft\VisualStudio\10.0\ShowAddReferenceDialog.log
      ---------------------------
      OK   
      ---------------------------
      
      C:\Users\SeriTools\AppData\Local\Microsoft\VisualStudio\10.0\ShowAddReferenceDialog.log:
      09.08.2010 12:27:18
      System.ArgumentException: Der Pfad hat ein ungültiges Format.
         bei System.IO.Path.NormalizePath(String path, Boolean fullCheck, Int32 maxPathLength)
         bei System.IO.Path.GetDirectoryName(String path)
         bei Microsoft.VSProjectPlus.AddReferenceDialog..ctor(IVsHierarchy projectHierarchy, DTE2 applicationObject)
         bei Microsoft.VSProjectPlus.AddReferencePackage.ShowAddReferenceDialogOnIdle(IdleComponent idleComponent)
      
      (German VS 2010, Windows 7)
      
      Does anybody know how to fix it?
      
      Thanks,
      SeriTools
  • Keyboard settings
    1 Posts | Last post August 08, 2010
    • Great tool!
      
      I noticed a problem with the default keyboard settings: "Edit.AlignAssignments" is assigned to the [ key by default (on azerty keyboards anyway), which causes weird behaviour when trying to enter a line like this one:
      
      var sep = new char[] { ',', ' ' };
      
      It just won't let you type in the [ character and will try to align the right assignment operator instead. I think that in this case the parser fails to neutralize the command, because it is possible to type those square brackets under different conditions without any problem. Perhaps it could be avoided if the default key was not a key combination related to a symbol so currently used in the .NET languages.
      
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