Category Archives: Reviews

Macros for Visual Studio 2013

Visual Studio Platform Team has released the Macros for Visual Studio 2013 extension for VS 2013 to record, edit and execute text editing commands and window operations. You can open the new Macro Explorer tool window from the Tools – … Continue reading

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Visual Studio code formatting options per solution, directory and file

Visual Studio supports only one global set of code formatting options. If you work on several projects/solutions with different formatting styles, you need to change global text formatting options each time you change projects: If you work on a small … Continue reading

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C++ Rename refactoring for Visual Studio 2013

Visual C++ Refactoring extension by Microsoft Visual C++ team lets you rename symbols in C++ code, automatically changing the declaration and all references: You select a symbol in code, invoke Refactor – Rename, enter a new name, preview and select … Continue reading

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Productivity Power Tools 2013 released

Microsoft has updated their popular extensions pack Productivity Power Tools for Visual Studio 2013. One interesting new feature they have added is Solution Explorer Errors. It shows error, warning, and message squiggles in the Solution Explorer window and hovering over … Continue reading

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Format C++ code intelligently in Visual Studio with clang-format

Two month ago in GoingNative 2013 Chandler Carruth demonstrated a new tool clang-format to automatically format C++ code. The whole talk is excellent, but if you just interested in formatting watch between 24 and 32 minutes. For Visual Studio users … Continue reading

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Add images to your code in Visual Studio with the ImageComments extension

ImageComments extension by Luke McQuade lets you show images among code in Visual Studio 2010/2012: To add an image you add the specially formatted image comment to your code, like /// <image url=”X:\Path\To\Image.ext” scale=”Y” />. After that the image is … Continue reading

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Workspace Reloader extension for Visual Studio 2010 and Visual Studio 11

Workspace Reloader extension by Scott Hanselman preserves open documents in Visual Studio when a project is reloaded. When a project in your current solution is changed, typically after an update from a source code repository, Visual Studio asks to reload … Continue reading

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WoVS Quick Add Reference extension for Visual Studio 2010

Quick Add Reference extension by Clarius Consulting lets you quickly add a missing reference for a type in C# code. When you use a new type and Visual Studio 2010 asks are you missing an assembly reference, in the correction … Continue reading

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Find in Solution Explorer extension for Visual Studio 2010 and Visual Studio 11

Find in Solution Explorer extension by Sam Harwell lets you quickly locate the open document in Solution Explorer. It adds the Find In Solution Explorer tab context menu command that selects the current document in Solution Explorer: This functionality is … Continue reading

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VSCalm extension for Visual Studio 11 Beta

VSCalm extension by Jeremy Iverson restores standard tool window titles format in VS 11 Beta IDE. It changes the ALL CAPS letters to normal title case and removes :::colon-like::: gripper bars: Remove “ALL CAPS” is the #2 request for Visual … Continue reading

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