Productivity Power Tools 2013


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

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by felipefrer | Mon 12:11 PM

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

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.

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  • Feature req: Show dirty indicator in front of the file name
    2 Posts | Last post Fri 9:49 AM
    • I suggest that you show the dirty indicator in the custom document well tabs in front of the file name instead of after the file name. Now the indicator is not visible if the file name length exceeds the tab width.
      In my case I have the tab width set to a fixed value of 180 (min and max equal). I often miss dirty files because I can't see the indicator. 
    • I completely agree... I have the same problem... ;)
  • Ctrl+Click Go To Definition: not on nothing
    1 Posts | Last post Thu 8:15 AM
    • When control clicking (if it's enabled) on nothing, there is an error. This is not necessary. It should not show anything. It is very intrusive and annoying to see a popup that contains no useful information at all.
      Not showing a popup and simply not doing anything will be a clear enough indication that there is no definition to go to and it won't disrupt the programmer's flow.
  • Feature Suggestion: Print from the Diff window in In-Line Mode.
    1 Posts | Last post Wed 2:23 PM
    • Something I "really" need is to be able to print from the Diff window when it is in In-Line Mode.
      This would be great for code reviews and keep track of your current changes, before they are fully commited.
      It should be "easy" since the info is right there already merged... Just needs to be printed.
      Great job...
  • Feature Suggestion: Drap Project to Add Reference
    1 Posts | Last post April 08, 2015
    • On a distributed app, sometimes whe need to add too many references from a project to another on the same solution. 
      Suppose I have the following scenario:
      - ProjectA
      - ProjectB (References ProjectA)
      Would be cool if we could drag the ProjectA inside the references folder of ProjectB to add a reference.
      I know today is there an option to copy as reference and paste, but drag&drop will be more productive.
      Nice job Guys!
  • This version crashes my VS2013...
    1 Posts | Last post April 05, 2015
    • I've been a using for this tool since VS2010, but this version crashes my VS2013 when I open/new a project. 
      The ActivityLog.xml shows the tool try to load from path "%APPDATA%\LOCAL\MICROSOFT\VISUALSTUDIO\12.0\EXTENSIONS\acmdzidq.sbe\CustomDocWell.dll", but the actual dll was in "APPDATA\LOCAL\MICROSOFT\VISUALSTUDIO\12.0\EXTENSIONS\uzh4nnvp.lax\CustomDocWell.dll". 
      I tried to re-install it, but no luck. Same error.
  • Separator between methods with lambda
    1 Posts | Last post March 29, 2015
    • A constructor method with a lambda in the initializer list gets tagged as a separate method:
  • 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.
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