Tools add-ins for Visual Studio

This topic reviews the Add-ins infrastructure that has been added to Microsoft Visual Studio, so that developers can more easily add tools for development.

A lot of great tools have been added to Microsoft Visual Studio to support development. However, there will always be additional tools to meet specific requirements. To make it easier to add these additional tools, an Add-ins infrastructure has been provided for developers. The additional tools are available in two places:

  • The Add-ins submenu on the **Dynamics 365 **menu
  • The Add-ins submenu on the shortcut menu in the element designer

The Form statistics add-in is included. It provides a summary of the pattern usage for forms. When you access the Form statistics add-in from the **Dynamics 365 **menu, it displays statistics for all forms. When you access the add-in from the shortcut menu for a form that is open in the form designer, it displays statistics for that form only.

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To make it easier to create your own add-ins, you can select the Dynamics Developer Tools Add-in project type when you create a new project in Visual Studio. This project type has the infrastructure that is required to implement an add-in.

See also

Developer home page

Development tools overview