May 1, 2012

16 Best Visual Studio Extensions

Microsoft Visual Studio is an integrated development environment (IDE) from Microsoft. It is used to develop console andgraphical user interface applications along with Windows Forms applications, web sites, web applications, and web services in both native code together with managed code for all platforms supported by Microsoft Windows, Windows Mobile, Windows CE,.NET Framework, .NET Compact Framework and Microsoft Silverlight. (Wiki)

Visual studio has multiple extensions that helps developers to make task more easy and simple in the way or development. Some of the most amazing extensions are spell checker, triple click, Go To definition, DeveColor extension, Image Optimize, productivity power tools and many more.

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1) DevColor Extensions

Small tool which underlines hex/rgb/named colors in stylesheets and XAML files with the correct color.
It also includes a color picker.

2) Snippet editor

The Snippet Designer is an open source plugin which enhances the Visual Studio IDE to allow a richer and more productive code snippet experience.

3) Productivity Power 

the Productivity Power Tools, your extension state (disabled or enabled) will be retained when you install a new version of the Tools as long as Visual Studio is running during the installation.

4) Image Optimize 

Adds a right-click menu to any folder and image in Solution Explorer that let’s you automatically optimize all PNG, GIF and JPEG files in that folder. The optimization doesn’t effect the quality of the images, but optimizes them using industry proven algorithms for removing EXIF and other metadata.

5) VS Command 10 Extension 

VSCommands provides code navigation and generation improvements which will make your everyday coding tasks blazing fast and, together with tens of essential IDE enhancements, it will take your productivity to another level.

6) Web Essentials

The Live Web Preview tool window loads your website/project in a browser and will update every time you save or build. You can turn on live editing for CSS which lets you see your CSS changes on your actual website as you type each keystroke.

7)  JS Enhancements

This extension provides outlining and matching braces highlighting features for Visual Studio JavaScript and CSS editor. Works both in JS/CSS files and HTML script/style blocks.

8 ) Numbered Bookmarks

Numbered Bookmarks allows users to create and recall bookmarks by using numbers. User can create 10 bookmarks (starting from 0 to 9). User can add or navigate to the particular bookmark by using the same shortcut key. The tool adds a bookmark margin to visual studio editor, next to scrollbar.

9) FoxCop Integrator

FxCop Integrator allows to integrate stand-alone FxCop and Code Metrics PoewrTool into VS2010. You can analysis your source code on VS2010 Pro.

10) Code Compare 

Code Compare is a powerful file and folder comparison tool that demonstrates new level of code comparison. Advanced comparison approaches, which consider the peculiarities of different programming languages, make a significant advantage in code comparing.

11) Open Folder in New Windows Explorer

Extend the “Open Folder in Windows Explorer” context menu option to the code editor and to all files in solution explorer.

12)  Regular Expresion Margin 

A margin which exposes .Net Regular Expressions search and replace capabilities on a given code window. Toggle the margin by Alt+r. Navigate to next search by Alt+n.  Navigate to previous earch by Alt+p.  Escape key hides the margin and set focus back to the code window.  Even if the margin is hidden, as long as there is search in the Find What textbox, it will continually do a search on text updates.

13) Visual Studio Color Theme

Allows users to customize the color palette used for menus, toolbars, tabs, title bars, and other environment colors.

14) Spell Checker

This extension provides spell checking support for various “natural language” portions of files. This includes:

Plain text files (the entire file is spell checked)
Source code (comments and strings are spell checked)
HTML/ASP (things that aren’t HTML tags are spell checked)

15) Triple Click 

Makes triple click select an entire line.

16) Go To Definition

Make ctrl+click perform a “Go To Definition” on the identifier under the cursor. Also, when the ctrl key is held down, highlight identifiers that look like they have definitions to navigate to.

1 Comment

  • Thanks for the list — on your recommendation, I’m going to give Code Compare a try. Already downloaded and ready for next code review I do.

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