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Visual Studio 2010 Survey

We want to hear from you about how Visual Studio 2010 is working for you so far:   "It's been just over 6 months since we launched Visual Studio 2010 in April. I hope you've been busy digging in and taking VS out for a spin. Your feedback was invaluable to us as we were building VS - thank you! It's a great time for us to ...

Extension Analyzer V3

Extension Analyzer is an Extension to Visual Studio 2010 that allows browsing several extensibility entities inside of Visual Studio. It also allows diagnosing several common errors loading extensions by reporting information from logging services inside Visual Studio. The Extensibility team in Visual Studio has recently added several ...

Introducing the VSPackage Builder

Last week we released the first version of a new project template, VSPackage Builder, which enables rapid development of the command UI and tool window infrastructure of VS 2010 extensions. VSPackage Builder requires VS 2010 Pro or above, and can be installed directly from within VS using the Extension Manager, or indirectly from the Visual ...

Emacs Emulation Extension Now Available!

We are pleased to announce the availability of Emacs Emulation as a free extension for Visual Studio 2010!  This extension provides basic support for Emacs keybindings and text editing commands, very similar to the built-in Emacs keyboard layout in VS 2008.  Once the extension is installed you should be able to use familiar keyboard ...

Patch Available for the Growing Find and Replace Dialog

 One of our top reported Microsoft Connect issues since RTM has been that the Find and Replace dialog grows 16px on each use.  On repeated use, this can quickly take up your entire screen real estate.  We now have a patch available for this issue which you can download here.If you have any additional questions, feel free to ...

Quick Access Extension

With last week’s release of the Productivity Power Tools, we announced a new extension – Quick Access – that allows you to search and execute common tasks within the Visual Studio IDE.  You can launch Quick Access by pressing Ctrl+3, or by selecting View->Quick Access. Quick Access will allow you to search and execute...

Walkthrough: Creating a Custom Start Page – Part 2

This is the second of a two part walkthrough on creating a personalized version of the Start Page which enables users to change a background image. This post builds on the project we created previously. If you have not already done so, I recommend going through part one of the walkthrough before continuing on. We will cover the following ...

Walkthrough: Creating a Custom Start Page – Part 1

One of the coolest features of Visual Studio 2010 is the ability to customize the new WPF based Start Page. We have released a project template for creating pages, using the Visual Studio 2010 default page as a starting point. In the next two posts I’m going to walk through the process of creating a new page, testing the page using the VS...

Fixes for Solution Navigator & Quick Access in the Productivity Power Tools

Last week, we released the July 2010 version of the Productivity Power Tools which introduced the Solution Navigator, Quick Access, Automatic Brace Completion and Tools Options support. We've been really excited to see nearly 40,000 downloads last week and the hundreds of pieces of feedback that you have sent us. Based on that feedback, we ...

Announcing the Solution Navigator

We are very excited to announce the first release of Solution Navigator, a new tool that merges functionality from Solution Explorer, Class View, Object Browser, Call Hierarchy, Navigate To, and Find Symbol References into a single view. This view can be surfaced as a tool window or, for C# and VB, an interactive tooltip. The Solution ...