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Productivity Power Tools for Visual Studio 2017

As we are getting set up to launch Visual Studio 2017 tomorrow, we wanted to let you know that we have released the Productivity Power Tools for Visual Studio 2017. So, you’ll be able to hit the ground running with all your favorite productivity features. The Productivity Power Tools is a collection of extensions that improve the developer ...

More Productive JavaScript in Visual Studio 2017 RC

We know you choose Visual Studio for JavaScript editing because it provides tools that make you the most productive. In Visual Studio 2017 RC, we’ve been focusing on improving the things you use most so that you can spend even more time focusing on coding. In this post, we will highlight some of the most exciting improvements to IntelliSense...

Productivity in Visual Studio 2017 RC

We know that many developers choose Visual Studio because of its powerful, yet natural, productivity features that help you stay “in the zone”. Visual Studio 2017 RC brings many improvements in this regard, helping you stay even more focused on your program rather than on the tools you use to build it. Download it now to see how you can ...

Visual Studio 2015 RTM: What’s New in the IDE

Visual Studio 2015 was released yesterday. Throughout the prereleases, you've seen some major announcements, from the new VS 2015 product lineup introducing Visual Studio Enterprise and Visual Studio Code, to the release of a free Visual Studio Community Edition with support for VS extensions. We've listened to your feedback on these products ...

Announcing Update to Productivity Power Tools 2013

Today, we’re releasing an update to Productivity Power Tools 2013 on the Visual Studio Gallery. In this release, we fixed a number of customer-reported bugs and issues, and introduced a new feature called syntactic line compression. Syntactic line compression enables you to make better use of your screen’s vertical real-estate. It...

Productivity Power Tools for Visual Studio 2013

Those following the Visual Studio 2013 launch may have noticed that we've taken your UserVoice feedback seriously and brought more Productivity Power Tools into the core Visual Studio experience. We selected the all-time favorites: Enhanced Scrollbar, Move-line and Brace Completion; polished and improved them for prime-time. Once we wrapped...

Productivity Power Tools 2012

By popular request, the new version of the Productivity Power Tools has arrived for Visual Studio 2012! These tools are the fruit of a few passionate engineers on the Visual Studio team that love sharing the power of Visual Studio with customers. The Productivity Power Tools are one of the top gallery extensions for Visual Studio 2010. With ...

Quick Find extension in the Productivity Power Tools

We’re pleased to announce a new Quick Find (Ctrl+F) extension in the February release of the Productivity Power Tools.  This is the first version of the Quick Find extension and we are planning to make some improvements to it in future Power Tools releases, but this blog post describes the reasons for the extension, its functionality, where...

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 ...

Add References Faster with the new Add Reference Dialog in the Productivity Power Tools

Two weeks ago, we launched the Productivity Power Tools at TechEd North America and the response has been great with over 37000 downloads so far!  Many of you also may have noticed that an updated version of the Power Tools was released last week.  This update fixed an issue where the extension update check would fail on machines ...