Editor Guidelines


Adds vertical column guides to the editor. Uses the same registry syntax as previous versions of Visual Studio.

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by apkbox | September 15 2012

by Pascal Saille | July 20 2012

by eddyq | March 07 2012

When I try to run the download I get an error that says "This extension is not installable on any currently installed products".

I am running Win7 and Visual Studio 2010 Express.

Should it work on Express?

Paul Harrington March 11 2012
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No, unfortunately it's not possible for anyone to produce extensions for the Express products using the public SDK.

by Ehsan Mohammadi | October 09 2011

by Karl Shifflett (kdawg) | September 23 2011

Super addin that I take advantage of each day when blogging or writing docs for my projects.

by LF4 | September 12 2011

This is exactly what I was looking for. Great Extension for 2010, I saved a "Guides.reg" file in the same location as the extension so I don't have to keep remembering where to edit or what color I wanted. My Registry file is below in case others want to double click a file instead of traverse regedit for the location.

----- Start of Guides.reg -----

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\10.0\Text Editor]

----- End of Guides.reg -----

by Owen1980 | July 05 2010

by Eric Falsken | May 23 2010

by farah BEJI | May 20 2010

by UrK | April 14 2010

Thank you for bringing back this functionality.
Great stuff.
I am watching you with MyEyes. :)

by Neredera | April 14 2010

by Josip Medved | April 06 2010

by Justin Rockwood | February 26 2010

This is a feature I've been using in Visual Studio for ages. I don't know why it's not built into the product, but thanks for bringing it back with this extension!

by GMagana | February 12 2010

EDIT: Paul Harrington wrote another plugin that configures this within VS2010 itself (click on his name to see it)! Why not just build it in, who knows. But there is a way to get to work without registry editing, so the review below is not valid anymore (and I gave it the 5 stars this extension deserves).

----- Original Review Below -----

If there's ever been a feature that should have been built into the VS product it's this one. It's a must have.

Having said that, this extension is an example of why people hate programmers. Would it have been such a big deal to make the configuration integrated into the extension? For Pete's sake, this extension merely reproduces a _hack_. Why modify the registry in order to get it to work? Is it supposed to be some sort of IQ test so dumb people cannot use it?

Anyway, I give it a "4" because of the hand registry modification required to get it to work. But this is must-have functionality for VS2010. Download it and install it (and configure it) as if it was a 5+ rating.

by zainnab | January 26 2010


This feature was taken out of VS2010 so many thanks Paul for bringing it back! :)

by Kirill Osenkov - MSFT | January 22 2010

by Brittany Behrens | January 21 2010

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  • Description is unclear
    3 Posts | Last post April 25, 2014
    • THe description of this extension is unclear.  It mentions that this is an undocumented feature, but glosses over the fact that using the Registry entry apparently stopped working in VS 2010 (version 10), AND that you need to download/install the extension to make it work for 2010.
      My experience: I used regedit to add the "Guides" entry and set its value.  It didn't work, so I closed VS and reopened it.  It still didn't work.  I logged off and logged back in.  It still didn't work.  Then I downloaded/installed this extension, and when I started VS again, it worked!
      This is just too useful that I felt I had to explain what was missing: the actual reason to install this extension.
    • Thank you for the feedback. I have updated the description to make those points clear.
    • I had same experience, I did manual registry change which didn't show the guide line. Then downloaded and ran the extension which shown the guide line.
      Registry entry which I made manually was unchanged.
  • Bug in VS2012 on Windows 7
    3 Posts | Last post April 14, 2014
    • Version 1.11.60409.0 of ColumnGuide.dll does not work, Version 1.11.50911.0 worked without any problems. When trying to add/remove guidelines I get the error:
      No exports were found that match the constraint:
      Remove and Re-Install did not help.
    • Ich just downloaded the new version 1.11.60413.0 and it WORKS!
      Thanks, I really love this simple tool!
    • I'm glad it's working again for you, Scheppo.
      In case anyone is confused, this discussion refers to the VS 2012 version which is available from a different page: http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/da227a0b-0e31-4a11-8f6b-3a149cf2e459
  • Option Remove guideline is disabled in pop-up menu
    2 Posts | Last post April 09, 2014
    • How do I remove the guideline?  To add it was very simple: I have right-clicked inside VS editor code pane and choose Add guideline option.  However. at that point option Remove guideline became disabled and I cannot remove the guideline, which I don't like.
    • You need to first put the cursor on the same column as the guideline you want to remove. Note: You may have to type some text if the guideline is beyond the end of the current line.
      You're not the first person to ask this, so in the VS 2012/2013 version, I have made it so you can remove the last guideline even if the cursor isn't at the right column. I'm not able to re-build for VS 2010 at the moment, but I'll try and update this version too.
  • Horizontal guideline at each line?
    1 Posts | Last post November 06, 2012
    • I am looking for add-on which gives support for horizontal grey lines at each line (like we see in call stack window). Please let me know.
  • Update: 1/10/2010
    3 Posts | Last post October 11, 2012
    • Version 1.10.30109.0:
      Widened the dotted lines so they show up a little better.
    • Any chance you can post an update for VS 2012?
    • The VS 2012 edition is published at http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/da227a0b-0e31-4a11-8f6b-3a149cf2e459?SRC=Home
      The easiest way to get this is to search from within VS 2012's Extension Manager. Go to Tools/Extensions and Updates..., then click on "Online" and type "Editor Guidelines" in the search box at the top right of that dialog.
  • Visual Studio Express
    3 Posts | Last post July 28, 2011
    • Is there a way to install this into Visual C# Express 2010?
    • I have Windows 7 Home 64-bit
    • Unfortunately, no. The Express products do not allow 3rd party extensions like this.
  • Source
    1 Posts | Last post August 13, 2010
    • Great extension!
      Is it possible to supply source code?
  • I can't get it to work.
    1 Posts | Last post August 02, 2010
    • Hi
      I am using VS2010 on Vista. I installed the tool, I can see it installed on the Extension Manager inside VS2010 but I can see no lines.
      I did reboot after installation.
      Any hints?
  • How do you get to the settings?
    1 Posts | Last post July 26, 2010
    • Other than manually setting it via the registry what does this tool offer you? I can't figure out how you're supposed to add a vertical column. Anybody know how you can create a line?
  • Not works with proportional font.
    3 Posts | Last post June 17, 2010
    • Using proportional editor font and tabs for identing, this tool set incorrect line positions (far away of the cursor position).
      Also not works when the cursor is in an empty line without any text.
      So it is very hard to set up the editor lines, and even harder to remove them!
    • Thanks for the bug report. I have fixed the problem with tabs in the latest version (1.10.30611.0).
    • stmarti,
      The latest version works all right for me.
      When you use a proportional font, the editor's column indicator switches to a sub-cell resolution in order to be able to express the unevenly spaced positions in integral numbers. Then, your best bet is to write down the column number that is displayed in the status bar at the moment of guide creation and later hunt it with e.g. tabs and spaces.
      To be able to place the insertion point (and, hence, a guideline) past the end of a line, you need to tick off Options/Text Editor/All Languages/General/Enable virtual space.
      Hope this helps.
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