Time Savers, the Definition of a VS Extension

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This post has been republished via RSS; it originally appeared at: Channel 9.

It’s the day after Christmas. You’ve gotten some cool tech gifts, so of course you’re firing up Visual Studio to get to coding for/against/with them.

Then you find out you need to restart VS as an Admin. Or you’re trying to debug a VS Extension. Quickly edit the Solution XML? Project? Insert a GUID… And so on and so on… While doing these is not hard, but since maybe you don’t do them every day, it takes a bit of time to hunt down how.

What if these, and more, were just a click away?

That’s what Visual Studio Time Savers

Time Savers Toolbar

This extension adds a new toolbar. Because it's usually far easier to click a toolbar button than to have to go hunting for the command you want in a menu somewhere, the most convenient commands have been added to the toolbar.

To make the toolbar visible, right-click in a blank spot on the toolbar area, and select Time Savers.

Like all other Visual Studio toolbars, you can remove any commands that you feel you don't need, or even add new commands to it.

Time Savers Menu

For those people who prefer a menu to a toolbar this extension also adds a new menu to Visual Studio's main menu bar. All commands are available via this menu.

Context Menus

Most features are also available via another menu that's been added to the right-click context menu of any code window, and to some nodes in Solution Explorer. This allows you to access nearly all of the Time Savers features without moving your mouse from the code you're working on.

The commands have been grouped into their own Time Savers menu because most context menus are already pretty clogged up. And they're growing all the time, as Microsoft or 3rd-party extensions add more and more commands to them.

It means that there is one more click than I'd ideally prefer, but I've found it much easier to find the commands in a dedicated menu than having to search through one gigantic menu of different commands.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Some of the features that tend to be used frequently have also been assigned a keyboard shortcut. And of course you can add your own keyboard shortcut to any of the Time Savers commands.


  • Activity Log
  • Cancel Build
  • Close Solution
  • Diagnostic Log
  • Edit Project
  • Edit Solution
  • Extensions and Updates
  • Insert Guid(s)
  • Keyboard Options
  • Path Variables
  • Rebuild Project
  • Rebuild Solution
  • Reopen Start Page
  • Restart Visual Studio
  • Restart Visual Studio as Administrator



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And it wouldn’t be here if the source wasn’t available, yannduran/time-savers-vs Smile