Productivity Power Tools


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

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by Ruud Borst | November 03 2015


by santakdalai90 | October 14 2015

by Vinod Pankajakshan | October 08 2015

Very useful set to tools.

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 22 2013

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  • Auto Brace Completion suggestion
    1 Posts | Last post August 06, 2010
    • First of all, where SHOULD I submit suggestions for the Auto Brace Completion tool?
      I have a love-hate relationship with this tool, because I love the auto-completion, but am hampered when nesting existing code into a new IF statement.  I suggest these things, to facilitate auto-completion around existing code:
      1. Hot key to toggle auto completion on and off
      2. Hot key to suppress auto completion for the next brace character typed
      3. Hot key to wrap selected text with a specific character (i.e. Alt-Shift-[, Ctrl-Alt-Shift-{, Alt-Shift-(, etc.)
      4. Option to enable auto completion for each brace type, individually
      I love the extension (though I sometimes despise it).  Thanks for including it in Power Tools!
  • Ctrl + LeftMouse "Go To Definition"
    2 Posts | Last post August 05, 2010
    • Когда наводишь мышку на тип или метод, чтобы перейти к нему, но при нажатии левой кнопки мышки ни чего не происходит.
    • (ZubArt says nothing happens when he clicks while pressing Ctrl.)
      I believe the object name turns into a hyperlink after pressing the Control key for 1 or 2 seconds, instead of immediately changing to a hyperlink.  This is likely part of the version 10.0.10710.22 fix.
  • Colors
    1 Posts | Last post August 05, 2010
    • Why did all my custom colors in my ascx and aspx were changed when I installed this plugin?
  • Solution Navigator
    1 Posts | Last post August 05, 2010
    • You can't drag a css or js file from the navigator to the head section.
      Hope this can in next version.
  • Missing Context Menus Guidelines
    2 Posts | Last post August 05, 2010
    • BFC
      The Guidelines Contextmenu items are missing, no matter where I click.
      Any idea?
    • I also have no this menu.
      I added command "Add guideline" to context menu manually, but it is always disabled.
  • Source code as full example fro VS SDK Developer ?
    1 Posts | Last post August 05, 2010
    • Hello !
      As a VS SDK developer, your extension seems a great example of the usage of all API within VS SDK.
      Do you planned to deliver this extension as source code - or at least there is a way to have access to it?
  • Color Printing
    1 Posts | Last post August 04, 2010
    • How about adding the ability to print in color?  (something you could do in VS2008, 2005, 2003...should I continue?)
      That'd make you guys my hero for sure!  (pasting code into Word and reformatting it is just icky.  Plus you lose the line numbers!)
  • HintPath fix?
    2 Posts | Last post August 04, 2010
    • Any ETA on the HintPath issue?
    • I guess not...
  • XML Schema Explorer
    1 Posts | Last post August 03, 2010
    • When I try to open the XML Schema Explorer, the 'Solution Navigator' gets the focus and the XML Schema Explorer pops up and get closed immediately again. So where's the XML Schema Explorer Window? I think it has to do with tools. Same experience someone?
  • Crash when opening a C++ test project
    1 Posts | Last post August 03, 2010
    • I can create and compile a c++ test project. However, if VS 2010 is restarted and I try to load the test project solution, VS crashes. It works fine if the 'Productivity Power Tools' extension is disabled. I am using version 10.0.10725.12.
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