Where have all the Powertoys gone?


If you download our November 2006 CTP, you may notice that the powertoys are no longer included. They are now available as a separate free download here and have been rebranded as the “Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 IDE Enhancements”. This installer includes the following as binaries:



  • Source Code Outliner : The Source Outliner tool is a Visual Studio extension that provides a tree view of your source code’s types and members and lets you quickly navigate to them inside the editor.

  • Visual C++ Code Snippets:The Visual C++ Code Snippets tool lets you insert snippets in your code by using a pop-up menu that contains programming keywords. VB.NET and C# languages have this functionality in Visual Studio 2005.

  • Indexed Find : The Indexed Find tool is a Visual Studio extension that uses the Microsoft Indexing Service to provide improved Search capabilities to the integrated development environment (IDE). It sends the results of a search to the Output Window.

  • Super Diff Utility: The Super Diff Find tool is a Visual Studio extension that compares text files. It uses color coding and graphics to show the difference between the files in deleted text (red), changed text (blue), inserted text (green).

  • Event Toaster Utility: The Event Toaster tool is a Visual Studio extension that notifies users about specific events within the Visual Studio IDE.

Also, we are releasing the source code for some of these as CodePlex projects. Enjoy!

Comments (3)

  1. cmoya says:

    The Power Toys are downright a godsend! They’re awesome. The Source Outliner however really should be integrated into the built-in "Document Outline" window, which just sits there being useless when a source code window has the focus. That one little thing would make it oh so perfect.

  2. Tom says:

    How can I get rid of the EventToaster tray icon?

  3. Aaron Marten says:

    Hey Tom,

    Unfortunately there was a bug in the shipped version of the EventToaster powertoy that causes the icon to hang around. The only way to get rid of this is to remove the powertoy entirely. I posted a comment in a previous post on how to accomplish this:

    http://blogs.msdn.com/aaronmar/archive/2006/07/19/671687.aspx#787843

    Thanks,

    Aaron