My most used Visual Studio and ReSharper extensions

March 12, 2015, (updated on August 25, 2015), 5 comments, Software Development

This article describes some of the Visual Studio and ReSharper extensions and development tools I’m using to enhance my daily C#/.NET development productivity.

ReSharper extensions

In my opinion, ReSharper is a must have extension for Visual Studio which provides lots of improvements, for example better refactorings, an improved code snippet and template engine, additional static code analysis and much more.

My personal configuration:

  • Use camel humps instead of whole word when navigating or deleting:

    • ReSharper > Options… > Environment > Editor > Editor behavior > Use CamelHumps
  • Copy XML documentation from interface when generating interface methods:

    • ReSharper > Options… > Code Editing > Members Generation > Copy XML documentation from overridden members
  • Create self-closing XAML tags:

    • Resharper > Options… > Code Editing > XAML > Editor > Always create self-closed tags in code completion
  • Enable color identifiers for advanced and improved code highlighting:

    • Resharper > Options… > Code inspection > Settings > Color identifiers

ReSpeller for ReSharper

ReSpeller is a ReSharper extension which checks the spelling of your source code. Just install the extension and make less spelling mistakes…

ForTea for ReSharper

ForTea enables syntax highlighting and more editor features in the editor of T4 text template files (.tt).

Exceptional for ReSharper

Exceptional for ReSharper is an extension which analyzes thrown and documented exceptions and suggests improvements. Great help for maintaining and improving the XML documentation of thrown exceptions.

Go to Word for ReSharper

With Go to Word, you can quickly live search in all files of the currently opened solution. It’s like ReSharper’s Ctrl+T but for searching in files. Unfortunately, the extension is currently not available for ReSharper 9.

Visual Studio extensions


GhostDoc is a Visual Studio extension which supports creating C# XML documentation faster.

Most liked features:

  • Automatically create documentation for a given method, property or other element:
    • Ctrl+Shift+D
  • Rebuild documentation for a whole class: This is useful to update the XML documentation for a class implementing an interface.

My personal configuration:

  • I like having the summary tags and the content on one line. The following settings force GhostDoc to automatically format the inserted XML so that the tags and content are on the same line:
    • Tools > GhostDoc > Options > General > Other > Enable “Keep single line when under 160 characters”


ResXManager is a simple Visual Studio extensions which provides the ability to edit multiple .resx resource files at the same time.

Productivity Power Tools

The Productivity Power Tools is a set of extensions which improves developer productivity.

Most liked features:

  • Colored editor tabs per project

My personal settings:

  • I disabled “Ctrl+Click Go To Definition” because otherwise Ctrl-V often jumps to the definition instead of inserting text.

NuGet Reference Switcher

NuGet Reference Switcher is a Visual Studio extension which automatically switches NuGet assembly references to project references and vice-versa. This is useful when developing applications which reference own NuGet packages: When developing an application, switch to project references so that all code is editable and debuggable. After finishing the development, create new NuGet package versions, switch back to NuGet references and upgrade to the new NuGet versions.

Other useful tools

Project Dependency Browser

Project Dependency Browser scans a directory for Visual Studio projects and shows their project, assembly and NuGet dependencies in a flexible user interface. The application also provides various filters for example to find projects which depend on a particular NuGet package.


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5 responses to “My most used Visual Studio and ReSharper extensions”

  1. T says:

    oohhh you are using productivity power tools with resharper? I bet you are experiencing haevy performance hit.

  2. sngbrdb says:

    A couple of additions for you to check out… maybe you have them and they’re just not “most used”.

    Lexware Assembly Reference… a solution-wide project reference browser with the ability to switch assembly references to project references, etc. The most recent version is for VS2010, but if you unzip the .vsix file and add VS2015 (14.0) to the manifest, it works perfectly fine.

    C# Outline (available on – allows you to collapse if{..} and for{..} blocks, etc.

    DPack… Allows you to perform zipped quick backups of the project with date/time and solution macro naming.

    Configuration Transforms (visualstudiogallery) – auto-generates .config files with different settings based on the current debug/QA/release, solution configuration.

  3. Dane says:

    Hi, I’ve run the msi on the release prveeiw but I’m not seeing the SF templates. Same issue if I use NuGet. Any workarounds you can suggest? thanks for the great work!

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