What is it?
An extension for Visual Studio 2012-2017 that brings back support for macros in text/code editors. These macros can be used to automate repetitive text editing tasks.
You may have used such macros in previous versions of Visual Studio. Indeed, macros used to be supported and [removed] in Visual Studio 2010.
Although macros used to be very sophisticated at the time, letting you control almost any feature of Visual Studio, this extension only aims at supporting the text editing part of macros.
And if you have not used Visual Studio macros before, you may have used them in other text editors such as [Notepad++] or [Sublime Text]. If you have, then you already know how to use this extension.
How does it work?
After installing this extension, you will find a menu called
So the idea is that you start recording, make some edits, stop recording, and then replay the edits.
You can change the shortcuts associated with the macro menus in Tools > Options > Environment > Keyboard.
What can be recorded?
Only text editing features can be recorded, so you cannot use this extension to automate work in, say, a Windows Forms editor.
Currently, here are the commands that can be recorded:
1.12 - Dec 10, 2018
1.11 - Aug 15, 2018
1.10 - Apr 23, 2017
1.9 - May 17, 2016
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