SmartPaster is a simple Visual Studio Add-In which allows developers to quickly paste clipboard text into C# or VB.NET code files in Visual Studio such that it will be properly formatted as a comment, string, StringBuilder, or region. It is compatible with Visual Studio 2005, 2008 and 2010.

Download the free SmartPaster add-in. The current version is 1.1.


Extract the zip file into your My Documents\Visual Studio 20xx\AddIns folder. If the AddIns folder does not exist, you may need to create it. Launch Visual Studio and activate the add-in using the Tools->Add-in Manager menu item.


Because SmartPaster is free, support is limited. However, if you do have any issues, please don't hesitate to contact us.Following are some frequently asked questions:

  • Why am I getting Error 80131515?
    This error is most likely being caused because your Visual Studio AddIns are being stored on the network, perhaps because My Documents is as well. To resolve this, either change where Visual Studio looks for Add-Ins, or change your Code Access Security settings to allow for execution in that network share.

Source Code

The source code for Smart Paster is available on Google Code.