Saturday, March 01, 2008

Power Up your Visual Studio 2008 with the new, free and with source, PowerCommands for Visual Studio 2008

VSX Team Blog - PowerCommands for Visual Studio 2008 released

"PowerCommands for Visual Studio 2008 is now available for free download, along with source code and a readme document. PowerCommands, is a set of useful extensions for the Visual Studio 2008 adding additional functionality to various areas of the IDE.


PowerCommands is the type of extension for Visual Studio that contains additional command menu functions for the VS IDE that most VS developers would use regularly. Some of these cool menu commands are being considered for new IDE features in the next version of Visual Studio. PowerCommands makes a great complementary PowerToy utility to both StickyNotes and the Source Code Outliner PowerToy.



Here's a summary list of the commands;

  • Collapse Projects
  • Copy Class
  • Paste Class
  • Copy References
  • Paste References
  • Copy As Project Reference
  • Edit Project File
  • Open Containing Folder
  • Open Command Prompt
  • Unload Projects
  • Reload Projects
  • Remove and Sort Usings
  • Extract Constant
  • Clear Recent File List
  • Clear Recent Project List
  • Transform Templates
  • Close All

In short this is some nice to have, yet irritating when you don't, minor features and functionality. For me the Open Containing Folder and Command Prompt are the coolest. But the Edit Project File is also a nice touch (a couple steps combined into two click). The rest are pretty cool too...

Download it (MSI, Readme and Source [C#]) via the MSDN Code Gallery project, PowerCommands for Visual Studio 2008, on the Releases tab.

If you just want a quick overview and to see some screenshots, grab the readme.docx.

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