Productivity Power Tools 2013


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

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by Gokula2010 | Wed 8:51 AM

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

by keith0930 | February 10 2015

by espritfort | February 09 2015

by Tomi Halonen | February 06 2015

(Windows 8.1)
Printing doesn't work (in VS 2013 Community) for me. Gives a different Printing dialog window and after clicking [Print] just nothing happens. Tried many things but no success. Had to disable whole thing. Microsoft please put the color printing as a default to Visual Studio.
UPDATE/WORKAROUND: If you have Office 2013 (tested) and using VS 2013 (tested) then use Light theme (TOOLS->Options...->(General)Color Theme: Light) and then copy-paste (Ctrl-A) code to the Word (and maybe adjust line lenght and page margins), then just print with color printer and code colors looks like in code window. I'll settle for this solution..
P.S. seems to work with Wordpad too, only it puts those darn extra CRLF-codes when pasting...

by RLinneman | February 04 2015

by wmarkjones | February 02 2015

Great package (would have given it at least 4 stars) if using under VS2013. Under VS2015 however, it crashes VS when a solution is loaded. (See "Visual Studio 2015" section in Q AND A)

by Irfan Ranjha | January 23 2015

Trying to install for VS2103 but getting error

2015-01-23 1:36:27 PM - VSIXInstaller.NoApplicableSKUsException: This extension is not installable on any currently installed products.
at VSIXInstaller.App.InitializeInstall()
at System.Threading.Tasks.Task.InnerInvoke()
at System.Threading.Tasks.Task.Execute()

by The Mad Coder | January 20 2015

Seems like it could be useful, but it's been pretty flaky in my experience so far. The Align Assignments feature worked intermittently and randomly, and the column guides were displayed even when I turned them off.

I ended up having to disable the extension for now. May go back and play with it later, particularly if there's a new update.

by gimystic | January 20 2015


by Yatajga | January 02 2015

Good tools.

by Krzysztof Osowicki | December 18 2014

by dki_ | December 09 2014

All was fine until I installed VS2013.4 update. after this the VS started working very slow. After uninstalling this extension all was back to normal

by rokxer | November 28 2014

This should be already integrated in VS2013! Great job

by VikNet | November 22 2014

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  • Document Well - Tab Appearance - Dirty indicator also in Peek Window
    1 Posts | Last post March 17, 2015
    • In the extension's options, "Custom Document Well" / "Advanced" / "Tab Appearance", "Dirty indicator" allows user to set up a custom icon for changed-but-not-saved files; in "Other Extensions" / "Control click options", "Control click shows definitions in Peek" allows opening definition in Peek Window; so we can see that both settings are well known to PPT. Why dirty indicator in Peek isn't affected by Custom Document Well's setting? Is it a bug or a feature? In any case, could you please make it work, so user can have the same UX in both places?
  • foreground of Match Color in Match Margin
    2 Posts | Last post March 14, 2015
    • Hi, 
      I would like to make the great tool, PPT
      Thanks, again.
      It seems that only background of Match Color works, not foreground.
      Is there any way to make foreground color work?
      P.S. I would like to get all the same foreground / background color for matched item at the moment.
      Always Many thanks
    • oops, 
      I would like to make => I would like to thank for making
  • Solution Error Visualizer and sources with "Build Action" set as None
    1 Posts | Last post March 04, 2015
    • Hi,
      I really like PPT and use them everyday.
      Recently I faced what I consider a defect: I have a C# project in a solution and in this project I have some .cs files that are there for documentation purpose. Their "Build Action" property is set as "None", but the Solution Error Visualizer highlights them with red squiggles.
      Could they be excluded.
  • C# IDE End Statement (;) and New Line With Keyboard Shortcut
    1 Posts | Last post March 02, 2015
    • I'm working in VS.NET 2013 and when I type "(", the ")" is autogenerated so that my cursor (depicted as "|") is located like so:
      It would be oh so lovely if hitting shift+enter would go to the end of the line, enter a semicolon, and hit return:
      It used to be possible. I've tried the productivity tool pack for VS.2013 and no luck.
  • Statement Completion font size in Presentation mode (PresentOn)
    1 Posts | Last post February 27, 2015
    • Wouldn't be nice to enlarge also the Statement Completion Font Size to 12 when in presentation mode (presenton)?
  • Visual Studio 2015
    9 Posts | Last post February 26, 2015
    • Any word on Visual Studio 2015 support? Just wondering when I can upgrade! :)
    • I'm also curious when this will be available. Lots of other extensions already are. I'm loving 2015 but the lack of the tab well is killing me. 
    • Change the manifest to match this version then install it. The document well works for me.
      1) Download Extension
      2) Change file extension to .zip
      3) Unzip
      4) Edit extension.vsixmanifest change the SupportedProducts section to this:
                  <VisualStudio Version="14.0">
      5) Zip everything up. Change file extension from .zip to .vsix
      6) Install and Enjoy. Fair warning could be some errors, but so far I haven't come across any.
    • Just installed VS2015 CTP 5 a few days ago, and have been working with my current project.  Downloaded the latest power tools and followed the above instructions to install.  VS then consistently crashed whenever a solution was opened.  The only way to reverse the problem is to load VS with no solution (if you have it configured to not load the last solution on startup) and uninstall the PPT extension.  Otherwise, the only way to get VS working again is to uninstall VS entirely and reinstall.
      Thus, your instructions for VS 2015 don't work for CTP 5, at least on my dev system.
    • Please create a version for VS 2015
    • Yes, please create a version for 2015. But I've got it somewhat working as suggested by Anthogy Gerace and the extra steps below:
      Solution Error Filter is the problematic part. Comment these lines out from the manifest file
      And also delete the three corresponding files. It throws a warning for me, but things seems to work.
    • Meant to reply above, not sure why it didn't work :(
    • Four more components that seems to be giving the error. After commenting and deleting them it seems to be ok now. Of course if you need these the trick won't help.
      To dev, please make a version for 2015!
    • We are not ready to announce anything on availability of Productivity Power Tools for Visual Studio 2015 yet; watch the Visual Studio blog for announcements.
      Mark Wilson-Thomas
      Visual Studio Team 
  • Tell us which Pro Power Tools features matter most to you!
    1 Posts | Last post February 26, 2015
    • Like Productivity Power Tools? We'd love to hear your views on which parts are most important to you in your day to day work - please take a few minutes to fill out the survey online at ! 
      Mark Wilson-Thomas, Microsoft Visual Studio Team
  • Underlying doesn't disappear after releasing Ctrl key
    1 Posts | Last post February 20, 2015
    • Copy and paste over the underlined text makes the copied text (select the text, press Ctrl over the identifier, make sure it is underlied and make pasting via pressing Ctrl-V) is underlined for a one second (C#). In a second the underlying is disappeared. However the underlying doesn't disappear for an Oxygene langauge extension, what should our language service react to to get the underlying to disapear properly?
  • VS 2015 ?
    1 Posts | Last post February 11, 2015
    • What about to migrate code to be ussable with visual studio 2015 ?
  • Feature request: sort tabwell by full path
    1 Posts | Last post January 14, 2015
    • On an MVC project, I have several "Index.cshtml" files open. It's difficult to see which is which, because the tabs are sorted by just the filename (and project - but they are in the same project).
      It would help if the files could be sorted by their full path (=same order as in the solution explorer). Then the Index.cshtml would appear next to other files of the same controller.
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