PowerCommands 10.0 is a set of useful extensions for the Visual
Studio 2010 adding additional functionality to various areas of the IDE.
Visit the VSX Developer Center at
http://msdn.com/vsx for more information about extending Visual Studio.
Below is a list of the commands included in PowerCommands for Visual Studio 2010 version 10.0.
Enable/Disable PowerCommands in Options dialog
This feature allows you to select which commands to enable in the Visual
Studio IDE. Point to the Tools menu, then click Options. Expand the
PowerCommands options, then click Commands. Check the commands you would
like to enable.
Note: All power commands are initially defaulted Enabled.
Format document on save / Remove and Sort Usings on save
The Format document on save option formats the tabs, spaces, and so on
of the document being saved. It is equivalent to pointing to the Edit
menu, clicking Advanced, and then clicking Format Document. The Remove
and sort usings option removes unused using statements
and sorts the remaining using statements in the document being saved.
Note: The Remove and sort usings option is only available for C# documents.
Note: Format document on save and Remove and sort usings both are initially defaulted OFF.
Clear All Panes
This command clears all output panes. It can be executed from the button on the toolbar of the Output window.
This command copies the full path of the currently selected item to the
clipboard. It can be executed by right-clicking one of these nodes in
the Solution Explorer:
The solution node; A project node; Any project item node; Any folder.
To email the lines of text you select in the code editor, right-click anywhere in the editor and then click Email CodeSnippet.
Insert Guid Attribute
This command adds a Guid attribute to a selected class. From the code
editor, right-click anywhere within the class definition, then click
Insert Guid Attribute.
Show All Files
This command shows the hidden files in all projects displayed in the
Solution Explorer when the solution node is selected. It enhances the
Show All Files button, which normally shows only the hidden files in the
selected project node.
This command reopens a closed document , returning the cursor to its
last position. To reopen the most recently closed document, point to the
Edit menu, then click Undo Close. Alternately, you can use the CtrlShiftZ
To reopen any other recently closed document, point to the View menu,
click Other Windows, and then click Undo Close Window. The Undo Close
window appears, typically next to the Output window. Double-click any
document in the list to reopen it.
This command collapses a project or projects in the Solution Explorer
starting from the root selected node. Collapsing a project can increase
the readability of the solution. This command 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,
renaming the class. This command is normally followed by a Paste Class
command, which renames the class to avoid a compilation error. 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, renaming
the class to avoid a compilation error. This command is normally
preceded by a Copy Class command. It can be executed from a project or
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.
Copy As Project Reference
This command copies a project as a project reference to the clipboard. It can be executed from a project node.
Edit Project File
This command opens the MSBuild project file for a selected project
inside Visual Studio. It combines the existing Unload Project and Edit
Open Containing Folder
This command opens a Windows Explorer window pointing to the physical
path of a selected item. It can be executed from a project item node
Open Command Prompt
This command opens a Visual Studio command prompt pointing to the
physical path of a selected item. It can be executed from four different
places: solution, project, folder and project item nodes respectively.
This command unloads all projects in a solution. This can be useful in
MSBuild scenarios when multiple projects are being edited. This command
can be executed from the solution node.
This command reloads all unloaded projects in a solution. It can be executed from the solution node.
Remove and Sort Usings
This command removes and sort using statements for all classes given a
project. It is useful, for example, in removing or organizing the using
statements generated by a wizard. This command can be executed from a
solution node or a single project node.
This command creates a constant definition statement for a selected
text. Extracting a constant effectively names a literal value, which can
improve readability. This command can be executed from the code editor
by right-clicking selected text.
Clear Recent File List
This command clears the Visual Studio recent file list. The Clear Recent
File List command brings up a Clear File dialog which allows any or all
recent files to be selected.
Clear Recent Project List
This command clears the Visual Studio recent project list. The Clear
Recent Project List command brings up a Clear File dialog which allows
any or all recent projects to be selected.
This command executes a custom tool with associated text templates
items. It can be executed from a DSL project node or a DSL folder node.
This command closes all documents. It can be executed from a document tab.