Muse VSReferences will allow you to add a Global Assembly Cache reference to the project from Add GAC Reference menu item.

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by Whateverman | August 01 2014

VERY handy, stable and fast. A must have for me.

The only problem I've come across is that, when adding a GAC reference to your project, the window of assemblies will occasionally disappear if you scroll through them before (I think) the add-on finishes enumerating them. All you have to do is open the window again, and it works fine.

Seeing as it's free and makes my life easier, it's awesome.

by Patrick Smacchia [NDepend] | July 02 2014

by giaesp | April 07 2014

Very very useful! A must-to-have for every .net developer.

by S.Muthukumar | May 15 2013

Excellent Extension! Thank you much for the extension.

by Nayan Choudhary | February 07 2013

Great tool! Really a help for VS pains related to GAC :)

by Terryio | November 15 2012

Beau gain de temps et simple pour des développeurs novices ne sachant pas où se trouve le GAC (et ne voulant pas savoir d'ailleurs).

by Visual Micro | August 18 2012

Very useful and is much faster to load the assembly list than the built-in vs system. Thank you!

by sadek | July 31 2012

This tool needs to be revised by the author. It makes all VS2010 menus very slow to show up.

by Radu Vasile | July 05 2012

Useful tool, but it does not work correctly. It detects a lot of used assemblies.

by Olexander Ivanitskyi | April 28 2012

Thanks, it's really helpful!
I'm just confused why Microsoft didn't manage to do the same:)

by Joakim Tell | December 19 2011

Saved my day!

by Jesse123 | November 06 2011

Hey g8 plugin.
Lil problem, Gac add in dialog box which freezes the solution explorer. Sometimes i need to scroll up or down to update the references and look for names. I don't think the extension will be big deal.

Plus u can add shortcuts.


by Sergey Istomin | October 24 2011

by lucees | October 20 2011

works great for simple applications, but the problem i am seeing is that i use references that reference other dlls. for example, i have a project that uses a class from dll1 which implements an interface in dll2. this tool removes my reference to dll2. i end up with many compiler errors along the lines of "the type '[interfacename]' is defined in an assembly that is not referenced'.

Muse Extensions October 20 2011
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Thanks for the review, the issue will be fixed in the next version. For the time being you could use "Paste Reference" menu item if something goes wrong with "Remove unused references"

by wash.burn | October 06 2011

Very useful! Thanks

by mr. wilson 13 | September 29 2011

Works as advertised; life saver!

by Linqinator | August 11 2011

Does not work when I attempt to add "System.Windows.Interactivity" reference to the GAC. I am unable to tell if I am misunderstanding something or if the extension just doesn't work for me.

Muse Extensions August 11 2011
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Linqinator, could you please, provide step by step instructions which will help me to replicate the problem on my side? Thank you in advance!

by rhinojosa | July 24 2011

Great extension, saved my butt today.

by John04 | July 07 2011

Fantastic extension! Keep up the good work!

by Charlie Stir | June 25 2011

Very smart and useful tool. Thank you :D

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  • VS2012
    1 Posts | Last post July 11, 2013
    • Is Muse supported with VS2012?  thanks, mark
  • usage
    1 Posts | Last post November 16, 2012
    • i want to use this tool, but i don't know how...
      i want to add to GAC the result of compilation of my solution for usage in other applications....
  • .net 4
    2 Posts | Last post November 15, 2012
    • Any plans for .net 4 assemblies to appear in the list....
    • Yes, I have such plan, don't know when though 
  • VS Express?
    3 Posts | Last post October 04, 2012
    • Can it be made to work with Visual Studio Express Edition?
    • Will it somewhen work wuth VS 2012 ?
    • @Alexander_AA - Yes it will
      @EricStob - Visual Studio Express Edition does not support extensions
  • Scrollbar problem
    2 Posts | Last post October 06, 2011
    • On my machine, the scrollbars don't work quite right (if I accidentally double-click to scroll by not waiting long enough between clicks, the window closes). It seems like maybe what's happening is that the double-click event in the scrollbar is being handled incorrectly. In my opinion, a double click in the scrollbar should be ignored, or even better handled just like a click event in the scrollbar.
    • Thanks for reporting this issue it will be addressed in the next version. 
  • Unused references don't increase the size of your application!
    2 Posts | Last post July 18, 2011
    • kzu
      > Remove unused references - In order to reduce the size of your application, you may want to remove references to components that are not actually called by your code.
      That's a misleading statement that would confuse newbies (and not newbies alike, since you seem to be confused yourself). The compilers do not emit references for things that are not used.
      Give Reflector a try.
    • Yes agree with you, compiler ignores those assemblies that are not being used by your code. It can have minor impact on the performance only of the IDE, it creates an additional namespace in which name resolution must occur. It’s a good idea to remove unused references from your project to improve code readability and maintainability of the project. Visual Basic project has "Remove Unused References" feature (, anyway I'll change the description
  • Roadmap
    5 Posts | Last post July 08, 2011
    • all,
      The next version will have the following new sexy features:
      1 - Sorting.
      2 - Case insensitive search.
      Please let me know if have an idea what else will be useful to be included.
    • Very handy tool. What would be nice is a Refresh button which would completly refresh the list of DLL's. What tends to happen is i go in to add my DLL with its new version number and have forgot to put it in the GAC. If i then put it in the GAC i need to close and reopen Visual studio for the list to refresh. 
      Hopefully i am not misssing something obvious.
    • Nice suggestion Rayzer, a Refresh button will be implemented in the next version and released tomorrow. Cheers...  
    • Rayzer, give it a try and let me know if it works...
    • the refresh works a treat.. good work
  • Search not working
    3 Posts | Last post June 18, 2011
    • Search doesn''t work on my install.  See 
      for example of searching for WindowsBase.
      Installed the extension on June 23, 2010.
    • Looks like it is missing the first char in the search.
      If I type 'icrosoft', it finds Microsoft,  if I type 'ord', it finds Word
    • At the moment the search is case sensitive. The next version will be case insensitive and you won't experience this problem 
  • Add sorting to the dialog
    2 Posts | Last post June 18, 2011
    • It's would be nice to be able to click on the column headers to sort by version or Assembly Name
    • Thank you for the great suggestion, will be included in the next version 
  • Would be nice if this worked on Project roots
    2 Posts | Last post June 18, 2011
    • Can't use this on websites and class libraries because there is no References folder.
    • One of the next versions will include support for wesites.
      All the best...
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