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.
I would like to execute a macro after I press F5. IE:
Enter username/password in a LoginForm
A messageForm displays.
Press the Ok Button.
The MainMenu Form displays.
Change the value of a ComboBox
Click on an item in a ListView Control
This wil load the form i'm currently working on and stop the debuuger on a breakpoint.
I heard only 1% of folks use this feature therefore it was cut from VS 2012. I really need a way to automate things inside the IDE such as creating files. Writing an extension to do this is way too much work. It would take a very long time to payback the dev hours needed to code up an extension. Keep in mind that 1% is only the 1% of folks that chose to opt into having their usage tracked.
Last week I tried to use Macros and I noticed that feature was cutted out from VS11 Beta. So I have to do it through Notepad++ and finally copy the code into VS11.
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).
Visual Studio IDE Team
Douglas Holt commented
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!
James Podesta commented
****. I don't use them often but when you DO need them, there is no workaround...
Michael Kosak commented
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.
Michael Keyser commented
Regular Expression Search/Replace would be fantastic to go along with that, too.
Alireza Ghahremanian commented
removing macro from VS was a step back in visual studio line of life
Jeff Relf commented
"Macros for Visual Studio 2013"
has been around for awhile now.
version of Sergey Vlasov's "Visual Commander".
I describe "Visual Commander" here:
Visual Smarter commented
Visual Smarter has a lot of tools for Visual Studio. It's worth of a try:
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.
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.
Jan Záruba commented
It does not work in VS2015 :-(
Please also for VS2015
Thanks for the info about VSMacros but please update it to support VS2015
Richard Turner commented
Great to see you're working on this, but no love for VS2015????
thanks for bringing this back - i'm gonna be so productive again!
a programmer commented
Thanks for the information ... but ...
What's about VS 2015?
Does this tool work with no problems together with other tools like ReSharper?
BRING MACROS BACK!!!
Vishal B commented
Is this still under review after more than 3 years?
The macros as they were in VS2010 were perfect, so you could program simple extensions.
All the old macros stopped working in VS2012 when it was removed.
Therefor we keep a VS2010 copy to run the macros, since migrating the macros to a VS Plug-In seems to be to complicated/time-consuming.
Removing features like this after supporting them for so many
years begs the question: does Microsoft intend to remove any
more features in future versions of Visual Studio?
Suddenly the VS platform doesn't seem so attractive any more...
a programmer commented
You should implement an EASY solution, nothing which is, typically for Microsoft, much too complex and complicated.
In my former programmer's editor you press Ctrl-M, make some edits, and press Ctrl-M. A macro has been recorded and is replayed each time I press Alt-L. It's not necessary to go throug some Dialogs for this, and all can be done with the keyboard. Absolutey great.