SonicFileFinder 3.0 released

SonicFileFinder 3.0 released
August 17, 2015 Jens

SonicFileFinder is a free add-in for Visual Studio that allows a fast and convenient search for any file within every Project of the loaded Solution by entering the complete filename or just a part of it. The found file(s) can either be edited with a single keystroke or a Windows Explorer / CommandLine prompt can be opened at the file’s location.

What’s new?

Version 3.0 is a compatibility release for Visual Studio 2015. I had to drop support for Visual Studio 2005 & 2008, because they have no support for the Visual Studio extension installer format. I am sorry for that.

But the good news is: You now got a single VSIX file for installing SonicFileFinder to all supported Visual Studio versions at once!

The changes I had to make were quite huge. So please try it out and get back to me if you run into any problems.

  • ADDED: Support for Visual Studio 2015
  • CHANGED: Migrated to Visual Studio extension installer (VSIX) format
  • CHANGED: Dropped support for Visual Studio 2005 and 2008

Download it on the SonicFileFinder website.

Hello! I’m Jens. A User Experience Specialist and Developer based in Bonn, Germany.


  1. Hero 9 years ago

    Hi Jens,
    Thanks for your hard work developing this tool.
    I found a problem with new installer
    SonicFileFinder 3.0 (for Visual Studio 2010-2015)
    I was unable to install on on different PC`s with visual studio versions (Premium 2013 and Professional 2013)

    Are there any workarounds?

    • Author
      Jens 9 years ago

      Hi Hero,
      you are most welcome!
      As for your problem:
      Which Windows Version are you using?
      Is UAC enabled?
      Do you have at least .NET Framework 4.5 installed?
      Have you tried running the installer with Admin rights?


      • Hero 9 years ago

        I’m using Windows 8.1 All my programs starts as Administrator (UAC disabled). Framework 4.5 is installed
        On vsix installer I even can`t choose “Run As Administrator”!

        error in installer log:
        Searching for applicable products…
        2015-09-07 11:10:24 – Found installed product – Microsoft Visual Studio Premium 2013
        2015-09-07 11:10:24 – Found installed product – Microsoft Visual Studio Professional 2013
        2015-09-07 11:10:24 – Found installed product – Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 Shell (Integrated)
        2015-09-07 11:10:24 – Found installed product – Global Location
        2015-09-07 11:10:24 – Found installed product – ssms
        2015-09-07 11:10:24 – VSIXInstaller.NoApplicableSKUsException: This extension is not installable on any currently installed products.

        Seems bug is in extension.vsixmanifest
        As I understand installer is only for
        I tried to change… installer worked but extension did not started in visual studio. It fired exception, something with system dlls missing or incompatible (sorry have no logs to show).
        Write me email if you need more info not to flood your blog.

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