Productivity Power Tools 2013


A set of extensions to Visual Studio 2013 Professional (and above) which improves developer productivity.

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by Chris Dusyk | May 29 2015

Absolutely stellar tool.

by FrankM227 | May 14 2015

No words just 5 stars,

by Philip Cole | May 12 2015

by zimL | May 10 2015

I have the productivity power tools for visual studio 2010 installed on another computer that has VS2010 and it works great. When I received my new computer I added VS2013 to it and decided to install Productivity Power Tools 2013 as well as ReSharper. It has not gone well, the first time loaded a file and tried "find all references" VS went into an infinite loop with the scroll indicator moving up and down in a continuous cycle. After a week of work, the same infinite loop returned. Luckily, VS was able to recover my work (I now save often). Tabs no longer remain pinned. Where is the option to show pinned tabs on a separate row? I assumed that the Tools 2013 contained Tools 2010 but they do not work the same. I can't trust Tools 2013, so I disabled it. When I have the time I'll disable ReSharper and enable Tools 2013 to see if there is a conflict.

by Chris Bordeman | May 07 2015

I really wish I could hide the pin on the custom document well. I keep it along the left side of the screen and pretty wide so my full filenames are always easy to scan and select. I absolutely never use pinning, and it takes up precious horizontal space in my editor.

Other than that, dang this is a great add on. Thanks team!

by Trass3r | May 05 2015

Awesome toolset.
When switching to VS 2015 I really thought it was broken cause I didn't see any scroll bar markers or solution errors anymore.
Please release a 2015 version!

by prasongwc | April 25 2015

by felipefrer | April 20 2015

Extensão muito útil pra trabalhar com código de sistemas legado.

by Mobit Apps | April 17 2015

There is nothing about this on release notes ...

by mespelbrunn | April 15 2015

I really like the PowerCommand to "Remove and Sort Usings on save". I like clean code. There is one enhancement I'd really really like to see.

Allow the developer to exclude specified usings to not be removed. I have created some extension methods to the Exception class in a base class library. The methods are called DeepMessage and FullMessage that give me a nice readout of the messages from the exception and all inner exceptions. Usually I only use them in the debugger Watch window, rather than in the code itself. If no other code is used from the same class library namespace (a frequent occurrence), then the using statement gets removed when I save and the extension methods are no longer available within my debugger.

by YS-Jeff | April 15 2015

Installed this for the document well features.
Used it for 5 minutes and did not care for the changes much.
Uninstalled the extension.

This left my Visual Studio install in a broken state, Solutions take much longer to load, I eventually receive a popup from VS that an exception occurred. The solution explorer no longer displays the project tree.

Currently doing an install repair to try to fix it.

Really, really, unimpressed.

(I have Resharper installed, so the problem might be related to incompatibility with that, who knows)

by Gokula2010 | March 25 2015

This is one of the great tool, which I have been using for many years. So for it's good.

Current update make us worry a lot, curly braces are too small...Its not looking good. Please fix...

And try to provide curly brace based collapse and un-collapse. Currently it will support regions, function, etc only.

Please fix this too.


by funcube | March 18 2015

Why are you guys changing the size of curly brackets ?
The curly brackets looks smaller and it looks ugly after installing the power tools
I disabled the "Column Guides", "Match Margin" and "Structure Visualizer", as a result the curly brackets are smaller and looks UGLY.
Please... please fix it.


by Ondřej | March 13 2015

Set of very useful tools. I am little bit happier when using Visual Studio with this.

by Tanielian V. Barreira | March 12 2015

Mutito bom.

by Dr. Buzbee | March 09 2015

I've been working to upgrade a large Access Application to VB client / Postgresql Server. Installing the Productivity Power Tools 2013 broke my ability to Retrieve Data from the Server Explorer. VB crashed every time I right clicked to retrieve data from tables. Removing the Extension repaired the problem.

by Juan Esteban Londoño | February 22 2015

Super util, muy buena esta extension

by Dipu Sukumaran | February 19 2015

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  • When does the 2015 version come ?
    1 Posts | Last post Fri 9:40 AM
    • When does the 2015 version come ?
  • Colorized Parameter Help not working
    1 Posts | Last post Tue 9:53 AM
    • Colorized Parameter Help doesn't show up, while everything else is working fine.
      Instead I just get the boring old default-help while hovering over Classnames. 
      Any hints?
  • Custom Document Well
    1 Posts | Last post June 26, 2015
    • Is it possible to update this extension in order to allow user to set a new height for the line under document tab (which is set to the same color as the selected tab)? Currently, with custom tab coloring, I didn't find settings that help me to easily see that it's related to the selected tab above it.
  • ColumnGuideProTools assembly not loaded
    1 Posts | Last post June 25, 2015
    • Hello all. During a test on some problem with assembly loading, we noticed from Fusion Log viewer that Visual Studio cannot load this assembly when starting up. Some more details (translated from italian):
      REG: DisplayName = ColumnGuideProTools, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b03f5f7f11d50a3a (Fully-specified)
      REG: Appbase = file:///C:/Program Files (x86)/Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0/Common7/IDE/
      REG: privatePath initial = NULL
      REG: basic dynamic = NULL
      REG: basic cache = NULL
      REG: AppName = devenv.exe
      Assembly calling: (Unknown).
      There's a bunch of path VS tried, and they all are under the path 
      file:///C:/Program Files (x86)/Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0/Common7/IDE/
      Any suggestions? Thanks for your time
  • Pinned Tabs Lost
    8 Posts | Last post June 23, 2015
    • Hi, with PPT installed, all my pinned tabs are lost any time Visual Studio is restarted.
    • (Noting that disabling the Custom Document Well extension fixes this, but of course that shuts off all the other features of that extension as well, and I hate to lose some of those!)
    • Same here. There seems to be two, possibly related, bugs in the Custom Document Well. 
      First as lookatmike mentioned pinned tabs are not pinned anymore after a restart of Visual Studio 2013. 
      Second, if you have selected "Show pinned tabs in a separate row" under Options->Environment->Tabs and Windows, then the pinned tabs are even not reopened at all in the next session.
      I like the Custom Document Well, please could you fix this?
    • I also have the same problem. I have the pinned tabs shown in a separate row. Sometimes, the pinned tabs get unpinned after a debug session. Please fix this. I used PPT 2010 and it worked fine before. Is this the proper channel to post bugs for PPT?
    • Same here. Was really hoping the new update would fix this. Makes the custom document well completely unusable for me. Very sad.
    • Now months after the last confirming the problem with pinned documents after (re)starting VS2013 ... I still have to confirm it, too.
      Is there any chance to get a fix soon?
      I have non-document windows, like the Snippet Explorer, Entrian Source Search, or the simple Output window, which I'd like to stay pinned after restarting VS2013.
      So I'd really appreciate any fix!
    • I believe it is a problem of the principle. 
      AFAIK the pinned states are stored in the solutions "xyz.sln.docstate.suo" file, which sometimes loses some of its information or gets overwritten badly (at least thats how it looks to me).
      Sometimes I dispose of this docstate file and it'll work again for a while.
      Cheers, Dany
    • Several updates later an this is still an issue...
      If I turn off the custom document well, Visual Studio is quite happy to keep track of which tabs are pinned and which are not. If I start and stop the debugger, the pinned tabs stay pinned.
      Given this, I doubt that the issue is with the docstate. I would guess that the pinned status is only read when the project is loaded, and is lost when Visual Studio changes the window layout when it moves in/out of debugging mode.
      This issue has been around since Productivity Power Tools 2012, and possible even the version before that. Hopefully the authors take notice and try to fix it before the Visual Studio 2015 version is released.
  • Color Printing Feature Not Working
    2 Posts | Last post June 21, 2015
    • Visual Studio 2013 Ultimate
      Installed Productivity Power Tools 2013
      Ensured the extension is enabled in Options > Productivity Power Tools.
      When selecting print I see no option to enable/disable so I just commit to the print job using an HP Color LaserJet 2605dn and all sheets have no color.
      What else has to be enabled to get this feature to work? I have searched to no end trying to find out what I am missing. For now I am printing to adobe to get my print jobs in color.
    • Reinstalled printer driver.
      Working now.
  • Why Productivity Power Tools is not open source????
    1 Posts | Last post June 21, 2015
    • .NET now is open source.
      Why not PPT ???
      so the community that can help porting it to VS2015.
  • Document well suggestion
    1 Posts | Last post June 19, 2015
    • I am color blind, but I use the custom color feature of document well daily.  I don't necessarily know what color the tab is but can see the contrast.
      I have one suggestion.  In addition to allowing a different font color for the selected tab, please also allow a custom tab color and/or the option to invert the colors.  As it is now, the color tabs help me quickly see which project I am looking at, but when I have a number of tabs open, it's sometimes hard to pick out which tab is selected.  
      Because I'm color blind, the text simply doesn't have enough pixels of color for me to see at a glance which tab is selected.  I can eventually see it by looking closely at each tab, but allowing me to specify a selected background color, or inverting (swapping back/fore colors) would make it immediately obvious.
  • Support for Visual Studio 2015
    15 Posts | Last post June 19, 2015
    • When can we expect support for VS 2015?
    • +1 for VS2015 support!
    • Add my vote for Visual Studio 2015 support.
      Your toll is an indispensable tool.
    • +1 too
    • +1, not moving to VS2015 without it, far too many things I've come to rely on
    • +1, Yes Please this tool is a big Help. 
    • +1 for VS 2015 too. Great tool that makes life much easier.
    • JVS
      +1 for VS2015 support.
    • is there an estimate for vs2015 support?
    • +1 for 2015 support
    • +1
    • +1. MS needs to prioritize migration of popular add-ins and extensions such as this and the color theme editor.  These should be available at the same time as the RC if they want any kind of serious adoption, it's like going back to the stone age.
    • +++++++1 Please!!!!!
    • I was wondering if there is a way to force Tab fixing to inherit from VS 2013 settings tab style (tabs or spaces). I use 4 spaces and look like Power tools are always using Tabs instead of user selected option from VS settings. Am I missing something?
    • +1 need this for 2015
  • Keyboard shortcuts
    1 Posts | Last post June 16, 2015
    • How can I disable the keyboard shortcuts for Document Well?
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