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Bring back Macros

I am amazed you've decided to remove Macros from Visual Studio. Not only are they useful for general programming, but they're a great way to be introduced to the Visual Studio APIs.

If you are unwilling to put in the development time towards them, please release the source code and let the community maintain it as an extension.

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    under review  ·  Visual Studio TeamAdminVisual Studio Team (Product Team, Microsoft) responded  · 

    Hello Macros Supporters,

    I wanted to share an extension that the Visual Studio team released on the Visual Studio Gallery that you may not have seen that brings back some of the macros support that you might be missing.

    Download and try it via:
    1. The Visual Studio Gallery: https://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/d3fbf133-e51b-41a2-b86f-9560a96ff62b
    2. Or get it in Visual Studio via: Tools > Extensions and Updates… then search for “Macros for Visual Studio 2013”

    If you find this extension useful or have suggestions/ideas on how we could improve it, please leave comments on the Gallery page (under the Reviews section).

    Cathy Sullivan
    Visual Studio IDE Team


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      • SAMSAM commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Macros aren't used often, but when you are creating or updating large volumes of code, they save HOURS and HOURS of tedious work.

        Please bring back as a built in feature!


      • SagianSagian commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It's been nearly four months since the survey and still no indication of intent. I'm pretty certain that 100% of the surveys want macros back and I'm also pretty sure that most of them would like to see it open-sourced.

        It's seeming more and more like the survey was a waste of time.

      • Jeff RelfJeff Relf commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        @DanKonigsbach called macros:
        " an essential feature for a modern programming editor ".

        However, that's been true ever since 1983, 33 years ago.
        Word has macros, as does Excel.

        My C# macros, to automate Visual Studio 2015:

      • dkonigsbach@drsys.comdkonigsbach@drsys.com commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The Visual Studio Gallery extension *was* an intriguing first step towards something useful; a prototype, a chance to try out an idea and provide feedback.

        The fact that there have been no updates since it was first released over a year ago, and the fact that (according to comments) it apparently doesn't work with Visual Studio 2015, suggests that was just a dump-and-run release, not something in which Microsoft is interested investing or improving.

        It is not an adequate response to the over 5800 votes and 640 comments (to date) asking, begging, to restore an essential feature for a modern programming editor.

      • Mike VasiljevsMike Vasiljevs commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It would be nice to have python `macros` instead of visual basic ones. But yes, some automation is needed.

      • Tim PhoenixTim Phoenix commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Douglas Holt - I also had the same problem when using Firefox. I then switched to IE and pasted in all the same answers and checked all the same boxes and got a similar error that the survey was not complete. I scrolled up to see a red error message that had not been visible in Firefox.

        The survey requires you to check a box for each of the four listed VS versions concerning if you currently use, used in the past, or never used.

        Not very user friendly, but otherwise we wouldn't even be here, would we?

      • Douglas HoltDouglas Holt commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I just completed the "Visual Studio Macros Survey" and after an hour of writing detailed answers, I tried to submit the survey, and I get "Cannot navigate forward. Interview status is not completed.". Yes, I've checked that every element of the survey had been filled in, several times, and even re-checked each option and ensured there was text in every box. No luck. Frustrating!

      • Michael KosakMichael Kosak commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        How could Microsoft be SO STUPID as to remove one of the most useful source code editor features?????

        I must use this 100 times a day.

      • Jeff RelfJeff Relf commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        @cpmcgrath, Microsoft's
        "Macros for Visual Studio 2013"
        has been around for awhile now.

        Apparently, it's a cheap, janky, JavaScript
        version of Sergey Vlasov's "Visual Commander".

        I describe "Visual Commander" here:

      • Visual SmarterVisual Smarter commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Visual Smarter has a lot of tools for Visual Studio. It's worth of a try:

      • cpmcgrathcpmcgrath commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Also, as the creator of this issue, if this can be updated to support VS2015, I'm happy for this issue to be marked as Complete.

      • cpmcgrathcpmcgrath commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Thanks for letting us know about that Cathy, glad Microsoft has listened. Looking forward to see it be updated for VS2015.

        Any chance it can become open source? I'm sure the community would love to help you guys add new features to it.

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