Here is my list of my most favorite Visual Studio Extensions! For my reference and as a guide to those seeking for such list!
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- Code Maid (2019 / 2022)
This awesome tool let’s you easily reorganize your source code and has many nice features like (Sync to Solution Explorer, Switch between related files (h/cpp, cshtml/cs, …)
- Productivity Power Tools (2019 / 2022) – Options Dialog (2022)
Still a valuable extension pack although it’s list of provided extensions is shrinking with each awesome Visual Studio release ❤️. My favorites are „Solution Error Visualizer“ and „Match Margin“ which I use frequently in Visual Studio.
The options dialog let’s you tweak the settings in Visual Studio’s options!
- Visual Studio Tweaks (2019 / 2022)
A precious collection of extensions that make you life easier. Like the context menu special pasting JSON as classes, Code Cleanup on Format, and many more. Just one thing: If you notice that zoom with the mouse wheel stopped working: This is a feature and can be turned off under Options/Tweaks.
- Code Cleanup on Save (2019 / 2022) – Format Document on Save (2019 / 2022)
Allows to configure which Code-Cleanup Profile should be executed on saving a document
- Git Pull (2019 / 2022)
- Git Diff Margin (2019 / 2022)
Visualizes very neatly what code you had changed directly in the editor ❤️ and let you undo it quickly without undoing the whole file. Has also nice indicators where code changes where done.
- Insert Guid (2019 / 2022)
For Guid-Nerds a must! Do not waste to much Guids! 😂
- Switch Startup Projects (2019 / 2022)
A very useful tool to switch the startup-projects very easily from a Drop-Down. Also supports multiple startup-projects. The configuration of those is a bit „complicated“ (json).
- Preview JSON (2019 / 2022)
Let’s you navigate through a Json-File easily
- Add new file (2019 / 2022)
SHIFT + F2 Shortcut to add new files and folders with a snap
- Open in VSCode (2019 / 2022)
Useful, if you want to quickly view a file as text (quicker than Open With,…)
- Learn the Shortcut (2019)
While a lot of shortcuts can be discovered by tool-tips and in the menu, this is a good helper for detecting more. It has not been ported to VS 2022 yet 😭 (I hope it will) – Helps to figure out
Build / Output Extensions
- Clean Bin and Obj (2019 / 2022)
Allows to cleanup and delete everything within Obj/Bin directories easily over the Build-Menu
- Output Enhancer (2019 / 2022)
Nicely colors your build/debug output for more clarity
Visual Studio Themes
- Themes (2019 / 2022)
While I love the look of dark themes (especially the NightOwl-Theme) I feel being more productive with light themes! Maybe it is my old eyes *laughs*.