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
I would like to request that you PLEASE provide macro capability in VS. I am converting legacy VB6 code (finally!) to VB.net, and really need this functionality. Meanwhile, I will be forced to cut/paste into Word to use Word macros to help me out. Tragedy given the world class IDE provided in VS 2013.
Jeff Relf commented
Doesn't MicroSoft test their products ? !
If it's not "mobile computing", they don't care;
they want to be Apple.
My workaround: http://Jeff-Relf.Me/Macros.HTM
Mike Jones commented
yes, bring back macros. I used them often to do repeated editing.
Was very useful for creating consistent comment blocks
I can't over emphasize who useful macros are.
Kevin Croke commented
I am now wishing I left sending usage data on. I wonder if there is a correlation with people who use macros and people who turn off sending usage data. That 1% really does seem low.
Please bring macros back in Visual Studios.... I don't always use macro's often, but when I do, I prefer VS macros ... Keep coding my friend.
Please bring back macros to Visual Studio 2013.
I used them a lot to accelerate daily usage, e.g. to attach the debugger to running processes via hot key.
Serious veteran coders use macros to do amazing things. If they aren't used it is because most people don't know about them, but the tremendous benefit to those of us who do cannot be ignored. Why take out something that was already written. Even if you remove the GUI for editing, why remove the record/replay feature? Simple record/replay gives me 98% of everything I ever used keystroke macros for
Yep Macros are extremely useful, bring them back please.
S Rosam commented
yes. please bring back macros.
Jeff Relf commented
Those who check the "Tell MicroSoft Everything" box
aren't smart enough to create macros; the "vote" was biased.
My solution: http://Jeff-Relf.Me/Macros.HTM
The macro record-keystrokes and playback are an invaluable time-saver in special editing situations.
Yes, bring it back. Special the record and play function.
1% procent uses macros that means 99% does not now what they are missing.
Bob Riddle commented
My vote, too, please for bringing back macros. I use them for adding specialty property scaffolding, comment formatting, re-factoring long source lines, etc. As one of the other posters below here said, I am very skeptical of the idea that only 1% of VS developers use them. Virtually all of the hard-core developers I know keep their own libraries. (BTW, I never click on the "Tell Microsoft - or any other vendor" boxes. I don't want the precedent of my tools phoning home on their own).
A lot of people at Microsoft are 1%. Should we get rid of them also? (hah! Couldn't resist.)
Yes! Please bring them back. It doesn't matter that supposedly "only 1%" of users employ them. I think you mean only 1% of users that click that little "tell microsoft" box use them. I don;t use macros all the time but have relied on them since VC6. Bad call all around. There are hundreds of great features in VS that only get used occasionally. Are all of them now candidates for the axe because you have some Product Manager with access to some user data? Fail. Fail. Fail.
Macros are very important!!!!!!!!!
I just cannot believe that Macros were removed. Pleas bring them back. I especially used record quick macro (and play) -features.
Christian Hofmann commented
Yup. Also missing macros here. Bring 'em back, please! I loved the "on-save-macros"!
In Need my macros......
Please, provide a quick way to record and redo things like Macros, we were using it alot to do routine job on many lines for example.