Macros for Visual Studio is an extension for Visual Studio that enables the use of macros to automate repetitive tasks in the IDE. The extension can record most of the commands in Visual Studio including text editing operations.
Record and playback active document operations and Visual Studio IDE commands
Playback multiple times
Manage and persist macros with a Macro Explorer
Assign keyboard bindings to any macro
Macro editing in Visual Studio with DTE IntelliSense
Suppose you wanted to convert the private variables in the following class to public fields:
private string myString;
private int someonesInt;
private List<object> yourCollectionOfObjects;
private bool macrosAreCool;
To do so efficiently, place your cursor before the "p" of the first private then start recording a macro (CTRL+M, R). Select the next word, type in "public" then go to the end of the line, go back two words, select the first letter, make it uppercase (CTRL+SHIFT+U). Finally, go to the next line and place the cursor at the beginning of the line and stop recording (CTRL+M, R again).
You can then playback the macro (CTRL+M, Enter) or play it back multiple times (CTRL+M, I).
After installing the extension, the Macro menu will appear under Tools > Macros. Under this menu, you'll find commands to record and playback a macro.
The Current macro is a temporary macro that holds the last recorded macro. To persist it, use the Macro Explorer toolbar command Save Current Macro (or right-click the Current macro). Name the new macro and assign a shortcut if you wish. The new macro will then be persisted on your file system.
Assigning a shortcut
Predefined keyboard shortcut
To assign a shortcut to a macro, right-click the macro and then Assign shortcut. Select a shortcut from the list and hit OK.
Custom keyboard shortcut
To assign a custom keyboard shortcut like CTRL+SHIFT+; to a macro,
- See assign a predefined keyboard shortcut above
- Go to Tools > Options > Keyboard (or click on "Assign custom keyboard shortcut" in the previous dialog).
- Search for Tools.MacroCommand# where # is the number of the predefined shortcut you assigned your macro to.
- Assign a custom shortcut to that command
- Decrease Font Size
- Increase Font Size
- Maximize Tool Windows
- Close Except Active: close all files in Visual Studio except active file
- Headify All: insert header into each C# file in the solution
- Remove and Sort All: remove unused usings and then sort, for each C# file in the solution
- Beginning of Function: moves cursor to the beginning of the current function
- Insert Date & Time
- Insert Date
- Insert Header: insert header into current C# file
- Insert Time
- Pane Center Screen
- Pane Top Screen
- Save Backup: saves active document as .bak file in current directory
Snippets (inserts code snippet)
- For Each Document: to iterate through each open document in Visual Studio
- For Each Window: to iterate through each open window in Visual Studio
- Properties: grab one of the properties in Tools >> Options
For example, (show/hide status bar):
var property = dte.Properties("Environment", "General") Â Â Â Â property.Item("ShowStatusBar").Value = true
- Undo Context: encapsulate a single undo in macro script
- Find Line: queries find tool for current line
- Toggle Line Numbers
- Toggle Word Wrap
The following are not supported by the extension right now:
- Recording interaction with dialogs
- Recording of 'async' commands like Build may not execute as expected
- Execute a macro inside another macro
- Q: How can I modify the shortcut to record, playback and playback multiple times?
A: Go to Tools > Options > Keyboard and look for Tools.StartRecording, Tools.Playback,Tools.PlaybackMultipleTimes.
- Q: How can I assign a custom keyboard shortcut to a macro?
A: See assigning a custom keyboard shortcut above.