Visual Studio 2010 – recommended extensions [closed] – Dev

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What are your recommended extensions for Visual Studio 2010?
(Please indicate if its free or not And also its purpose / function too)



NuGet (formerly NuPack) is a free, open source developer focused package management system for the .NET platform intent on simplifying the process of incorporating third party libraries into a .NET application during development.



  • VsCommandBudy – Extend VS with external commands where really need them (Free)
  • PowerCommands – useful extensions for the Visual Studio 2010 adding additional functionality to various areas of the IDE.
  • DevExpress CodeRush Xpress – Coding assistance, Intellisense navigation,etc.
  • AnkhSVN – Subversion Support for Visual Studio.
  • Ghost Doc – Simplify your XML Comments.
  • Visual Studio Color Theme Editor – make your VS2010 look pretty with themes.
  • VsVim – VIM emulation layer for Visual Studio.
  • DPack – FREE collection of Microsoft Visual Studio tools.
  • VSFileNav – fast searcher with wildcards + camel case searches.
  • Sonic file finder – fast and convenient search.
  • AllMargins
  • tangible T4 Editor plus modeling tools for VS2010 adds IntelliSense and Syntax Coloring to T4 Text Templates
  • Word Wrap with Auto-Indent
  • Indentation Matcher Extension
  • Structure Adornment
    • BlockTagger
    • BlockTaggerImpl
    • SettingsStore
    • SettingsStoreImpl
  • Source Outliner – not available on this link.
  • Triple Click – Makes triple click select an entire line.
  • ItalicComments
  • Go To Definition – Make ctrl+click perform a “Go To Definition” on the identifier under the cursor
  • Spell Checker – not available on this link.
  • Remove and Sort Using – Adds a context menu entry to Solution Explorer that sorts and removes using statements on every file in the solution, project, or on the individual file.
  • Format Document – Adds a context menu entry to Solution Explorer and the code window that executes the Edit-Advance-Format Document command on every file in the solution, project, or current code window.
  • Open Folder in Windows Explorer – Extends the Open Folder in Windows Explorer context menu option to the code editor and to all files in solution explorer.
  • Find Results Highlighter – Highlights the search text in the find results windows.
  • Regular Expressions Margin – A margin which exposes .Net Regular Expressions search and replace capabilities on a given code window.
  • VSCommands – not available on this link.
  • HelpViewerKeywordIndex – Visual Studio Extension for the Microsoft Help Viewer
  • StyleCop – StyleCop analyzes C# source code to enforce a set of best practice style and consistency rules.
  • Extension Analyzer – Extension Analyzer helps debug issues with VSIX Components, Visual Studio Packages, PkgDef Files and MEF Components.
  • CodeCompare – Code Compare is an advanced file and folder comparison tool. This programming languages oriented diff tool can be used as a Visual Studio add-in and as a standalone application.
  • Team Founder Server Power Tools – not available on this link
  • VS10x Selection Popup – not available on this link
  • Color Picker Completion – not available on this link
  • Numbered Bookmarks – Numbered Bookmarks allows users to create and recall bookmarks by using numbers. User can create 10 bookmarks (starting from 0 to 9).
  • Mouse Zoom – Mouse zoom at the mouse’s cursor instead of at the top of the visible document. See VS options…
  • Visual Studio 2010 Pro Power Tools – A set of extensions to Visual Studio Professional (and above) which improves developer productivity.
  • JSEnhancements – provides outlining and matching braces highlighting features for Visual Studio JavaScript editor; provides fantastic #region collapsing in JS and CSS files, making long files much easier to handle;
  • Code Contracts Editor Extensions – Displays Code Contracts (when editing C#) in code, Intellisense, and in metadata files.
  • WoVS Quick Add Reference – Add missing assembly references right from the code editor
  • JScript Editor Extensions
  • Align By
  • T4 Editor
  • Quick Open File for Visual Studio 2010 – quick opening any solution file
  • CleanProject – Cleans Visual Studio Solutions
  • PhatStudio – fast file navigation and quickly opening files
  • VsVim – Vim style keyboard shorcuts
  • Chutzpah – Open source JavaScript test runner
  • I Hate #Regions – makes expanded regions less disturbing by making the font smaller

Not Free:

  • Resharper
  • Visual Assist X
  • JustCode
  • ViEmu
  • CodeRush with Refactor! Pro
  • VisualSVN
  • VS10x Code Map – displays a graphical nested representation of the current editor window code
  • VS10x Editor View Enhancer


AnkhSVN (free)

Even if you use other SVN shells outside VS (like TortoiseSVN), I recommend to install this Source Control Provider to automatically keep track of file renames, deletions and the like.


PowerCommands (free)