Track Changes and Advance Scroll Mode in Visual Studio 2010

In the recent update of Visual Studio 2010 productivity power tool  there are few new interesting features introduced.   You can download the Productivity tool from http://bit.ly/9nybU6 .  There are certain new features like Quick Find which allows you find and advance find dialog option with in code editor with nice highlighting features, nice enhancement of add reference window. kunal chowdhury has some nice blog post where he talked about  above two new productivity tool features. You can find the post over http://bit.ly/hDa0si and http://bit.ly/grhGAI . In this post I am going to talk about another nice and most interesting features of Power Productivity Tool which “Enhanced Scroll Mode”.  

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Modify “Dirty Indicator” – Using Visual Studio 2010 Productivity Power Tool

Dirty Indicator” is nothing but the indication of “Modified Unsaved” file in Visual Studio IDE. In Visual Studio 2010, by default dirty icon shows as “*”. Using productivity tool we can customize this icon.

To launch the VS 2010 productivity Tool, from Visual Studio IDE Go To Tools > Option > Productivity Power Tool

DirtyIndicator_Option 

You will find the Dirty Indicator under Document Tab Well > General Settings . Dirty Indicator having 4 different value, by default sets to “Default” which means it will indicate unsaved modified file as “*” .

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Use “Shift+Enter” to add “;” automatically at end of the line – Visual Studio 2010 Productivity Power Tool

Visual Studio 2010 Productivity power tools introduced many new features for VS developer. Here I am going to talk about one small but useful features of the productivity tool.   You can use “Shift + Enter” to add semicolon (;) to end of the line. Instead  of putting “;” end of the line, you just press “Shift+Enter”. It will automatically add “;” at the end of the line and will move the cursor to next line.

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As shown in the picture. If you press “Shift+Enter” over there, power tool will automatically add “;” and the end and the cursor will be moved to next line.

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For more features please read following links :

http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2010/07/19/vs-2010-productivity-power-tools-update-with-some-cool-new-features.aspx

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudio/archive/2010/07/18/new-version-of-the-productivity-power-tools-is-available.aspx

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“View this as root” – A Solution Navigator features in VS 2010 Productivity Power Tools

Visual Studio 2010 productivity power tool introduced many new and interesting features with in the Visual studio 2010 which are really great for developer and will help all of us improve the productivity. You can download the Productivity tool from http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/d0d33361-18e2-46c0-8ff2-4adea1e34fef .

Solution Navigator is a new window that has been introduced with in this power tool which is an enhanced Solution Explorer. This window having many features like search code, highlight code, code navigation, File open, save, edit status etc. Along with these features one of the interesting features that I liked is “View this as root”. This features is very much helpful when you have the many projects with in a solution or your solution hierarchy is large. To start “Solution Navigator” , go to View > Solution Navigator or use (Ctrl + W, F) as shortcut key.This will open the “Solution Navigator” window.

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Look and feel wise it is same as “Solution Explorer” but  functionally it is quite different. You will find a “icon” at the right to side with all the files/folder under that solution as shown in below picture.

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