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.
The source code, which requires the VS SDK for VS 2008 installed, can be used to modify the exisitng PowerCommands functionality or to use as a reference sample for creating additional custom menu extensions.
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 complimentary PowerToy utility to both StickyNotes and the Source Code Outliner PowerToy.
Below is a list of the included in PowerCommands for Visual Studio 2008 version 1.0. Refer to the Readme document which includes many additional screenshots.
This command collapses a hierarchy in the solution explorer starting from the root selected node. It can be executed from three different places: solution, solution folders and project nodes respectively.
This command copies a selected class entire content to the clipboard. It can be executed from a single project item or a project item with dependent sub items.
This command pastes a class entire content from the clipboard. It can be executed from a project or folder node.
This command copies a reference or set of references to the clipboard. It can be executed from the references node, a single reference node or set of reference nodes.
This command pastes a reference or set of references from the clipboard. It can be executed from different places depending on the type of project. For CSharp projects it can be executed from the references node. For Visual Basic and Website projects it can be executed from the project node.
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