Clicking ‘Choose items’ on the toolbox crashes Visual Studio 2008

I’ve had my current installation for a few months now, and I’ve used it for development purposes. Today I suddenly encountered an error when trying to add items to the Toolbox. Visual Studio 2008 simply disappeared… No errors, no warnings, it just went away.

After some searching and a lot of trying, I found that deinstalling the PowerCommands for Visual Studio 2008 did the trick. I’m guessing that the installation of a service pack (for either Visual Studio or .NET Framework) changed something somewhere, making Visual Studio disappear into thin air when having PowerCommands installed and clicking the ‘Choose items’ context menuitem. Anyway: the problem is gone now…!

According to some forumposts I read reinstalling the PowerCommands after this problem was solved does not cause the problem to reappear. I haven’t come to testing that yet ’cause I’m working on a deadline here… (Why do these things always happen when you have a deadline…?)

Hope this helps.

Now available: PowerCommands for Visual Studio 2008

One of the most annoying things in Visual Studio (to me) was the fact that complete solutions (solution folders, projects, regulare folder)  would be expanded upon opening. And with big solutions, that isn’t too much fun. There are macros available online, but the ones i found were pretty slow. This is only one of the things that the PowerCommands for Visual Studio 2008 solves for you. But there is more. Much more!

A quick top five of my favorite functions:




  • Collapse projects


  • Copy & paste references


  • Open Command Prompt (at the location of the file you execute it on)


  • Remove and Sort Usings (for all classes in a C# project)


  • Close All (on a tab)

To get the PowerCommands for Visual Studio 2008, or to learn more about all the features in there, visit them over here.

By the way: this fairly new website (the Visual Studio gallery) was released quite silently by Microsoft. It contains lots of products that aid developers while working in Visual Studio, together with some Extensibility stuff. Have a look over there! Another tip: the VSX team blog. It might be a nice one to keep track of new releases of new Extensibility products. There’s a post over there about the PowerCommands, too.

Enjoy!