Visual Studio Extensions
Visual Studio extensions can significantly improve the experience through useful information accessibility, additions, feature additions, and changes.
- Solution Error Visualizer - show messages in solution explorer (errors, warnings)
- Output enhancer or VSColorOutput64 - Color output and debug log
- Add New File - Add a file through filename (simplifies file creation)
- Trailing Whitespace Visualizer - highlight/mark trailing whitespace
- Markdown Editor v2 - because every project has md files; at minimum a README.md
- Match Margin - text match indicators in editor sidebar
- File Icons - Additional various file type icons
- Show Selection Length
- Time Stamp Margin - Prefix debug log with timestamps
- TOML Editor - if you have TOML files
- SVG Viewer - if you edit SVG files
- Fine Code Coverage - For unit test code coverage
- Shrink Empty Lines - reduce height of empty lines (compress empty vertical space)
- Color Preview - CSS color preview - VS does this natively now, right?
- Tweaks - A lot of settings and features
- Syntax Highlighting Pack - Additional syntax highlighting (Clojure, Go, Jade, Lua, Swift, Ruby, …)
- File Nesting - nest files by file name - now VS native?
Most of these Visual Studio extensions are published by Microsoft DevLabs and Mads Kristensen (a Microsoft employee).