My Favourite Visual Studio Extensions

A week or so ago I came across a post from Scott Dorman on his favuorite Visual Studio extensions and thought I’d create mine.

Initially I thought it would be a rather long list, but it turns out the out of the box experience is pretty good for me with a few changes.

Here’s my list (in no particular order).

Reference Extension SDK Locally

This was built by Pete Goodman while at [Marker Metro(, it takes a global reference to a Visual Studio SDK and turns into a local reference.

It solves a number of problems:


The go to package manage for .net, can’t say much more than that.

Xaml Spy

Great tool for finding out why your xaml layouts aren’t pixel perfect which I think is one of the things that makes good apps into great apps.


This is the extension I can’t live without, it’s the one I install directly after Visual Studio and feel absolutely useless without it.