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  1. New VS option "Go To Definition Implementation"

    VS offers an option “Go to Definition” when you want to see a function definition; however, if your object is implementing an interface this option takes to that particular interface and you are forced to look for the object that implements this particular method. I propose a new option called “Go to Definition Implementation” which would take you to the object that implements that particular interface.

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      15 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • save text files with the newline convention present in the file when opened

      The Visual Studio text file editor has an "advanced save" option that allows me to choose a particular format to save to, every time I save a file.
      However, 99% of the time, the right thing to do is to save the file using whatever convention was present when the file was originally opened. Thus, if I open a file with LF-style line termination, new lines I add should be terminated with LF, and the file should be saved as LF-terminated. If I open a file with CRLF convention, new lines I *** should be terminated with CRLF, and it…

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        5 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Native multi-editing (multiple cursors and selections) support

        Multiple selections/cursors in Sublime Text is by far the most useful editor feature I have in my toolbox. Using search and replace in Visual Studio is slow and unwieldy in comparison and I find myself frequently copying blocks of text into Sublime Text just to perform versatile edits using multiple cursors, after which I copy the result back into Visual Studio.

        A future version of Visual Studio would win huge points with this feature alone.

        443 votes
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          13 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Add native Markdown support

          Markdown is known as best idea for project text files. For example most README files novadays are written in markdown.

          Also default README.md could be possible added to project templates.

          To get more details visit Markdown specs page http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/.

          410 votes
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            5 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Open fast

            Make it so that opening a simple text file from Explorer is fast. It's just Text. Make it so fast to open that I no longer need a notepad replacement.
            Make VS2011 into the best notepad replacement!!

            It's just text, after all. It's ALL text.

            346 votes
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              10 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add ctrl-click go to definition from Productivity Power Tools

              The VS2010 Productivity Power Tools had a ctrl-click go to definition feature. This was great and could be an easy option to add (does not need to be on by default).

              330 votes
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                19 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Add a better shortcut for commenting and uncommenting - "CTR+/"

                “CTR+K,C” for commenting “CTR+K,U” for uncommenting shortcuts are NOT useful, easier to click a button on a toolbar instead.

                Every developer comment / uncomment pieces of code quite often. Please add "CTR+/" shortcut for toggling comments.

                This tiny addition could save tones of working hours for developers. ReSharper has it; but it would be much better to have it as a build-in feature.

                282 votes
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                  32 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • "View White Space" should show line endings too

                  As described here: http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/621096/view-white-space-should-show-line-endings-too

                  Request:
                  * Visual Studio > Edit menu > Advanced > View White Space.
                  * Currently, this feature shows a symbol for space and tab characters.
                  * I would like to be able to view line endings too.
                  * I would like to be able to view what style of line ending was used.

                  And that's it for the request.

                  And now I offer some suggestions as to how this may look. Here's what I've seen other tools do:
                  * TortoiseMerge uses a single, unobtrusive symbol. It is "light" and does not distract from the main document…

                  221 votes
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                    4 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Editor support for italics fonts syntax highlighting

                    The VS editor should support italics for syntax highlighting.
                    Why bold, but not italics?

                    198 votes
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                      3 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Option "Show Always Intellisense"

                      Sometimes when I want to list all the methods of a function. I have to use 2 keyboard shortcuts to do this.
                      Option "Always show Intellisense" would make suggestions show ALL the time. If I click somewhere out the editing box, they will disappear, when I click back, they show again.

                      191 votes
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                        10 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Give option to search only in uncommented code

                        When searching for a string in a project's source code, I often find myself wasting time examining lines that have been commented out. it would be useful to offer an option to return only lines that are not commented out, so as not to confuse the results.

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                          9 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Enable Go To Definition (F12) should go to source if source symbols are available

                          Right now, source code integration for framework sources (or any other source-indexed PDB) is clunky. You have to be in a debug session for it to pull down the source.

                          If you're not in a debug session and use Go To Definition/Ctrl-Click/F12 on a Type/Method/Property, it'll take you to the object browser, or a code view that shows just the signatures.

                          I propose that VS check for a source PDB in the symbol path first, then if available, use the source code directly. This would be an option, of course, so people can retain the current behavior. It would also…

                          174 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Split VS11 windows horizontally and vertically the at same time.

                            It would be nice if you could split VS11 windows horizontally and vertically (read: create a vertical tab group on a horizontal tab group and vice versa) the at same time as display size increases constantly.

                            So you'll be able to have a arrangement of your files like http://jsfiddle.net/ provides.

                            171 votes
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                              8 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Exclude outlining operations from the undo/redo stack

                              There's something really annoying in Visual Studio : where I expand or collapse a method or code region, this action is pushed on the undo stack. So if I edit some code in a method, then collapse that method, and then want to undo my change, I have to undo twice : once for the collapse action, and once for the change in code. This can be VERY confusing if you expanded or collapsed several things after editing the code, the editor keeps jumping to different places and you don't know whether your changes have been undone or not... Please,…

                              153 votes
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                                8 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Smarter indentation and alignment

                                There's a difference between indentation and alignment.
                                Indentation happens at the block level, in the C derivatives (C++, C#, Java, ...), after an opening curly brace.
                                Alignment happens when one wants to align things on the same column beyond indentation for improved readability, like function params (either call or declaration/definition), getters/setters' names

                                Unfortunately, when one starts typing aligned things (with tabs on the beginning on the lign for indentation, then spaces for alignment), and types enter for a new line, VS changes all the carefully typed alignment spaces into tabs.

                                This is annoying because...
                                1. When someone else opens the…

                                132 votes
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                                  4 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Provide an option to disable Search Selection

                                  (Observed in Visual Studio 2012). It can be quite confusing when Visual Studio automatically chooses to search in the selection rather than the document. Even if you escape out of the find dialog and the selected text the option remains as 'selection' in Find. It might be best to just provide an option to disable this feature in the 'Find and Replace' section of the options. Thank you.

                                  128 votes
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                                    7 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Automatically fix fixable errors

                                    Some errors in the error list could be automatically fixed. For instance, you build your code and the error "The type 'bla' is not referenced. You must add a reference to assembly 'System.Data.Entity'" appears in the error pane. This error is easily fixed by adding the correct reference to the project, but since Studio already knows what it's looking for, it knows where it's located (GAC), why isn't there an option to fix it?

                                    It would be nice if the error pane would have a column "Autoresolve" with for each error which migh be fixable a link "Try resolving". Studio…

                                    124 votes
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                                      6 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • enable line numbers by default

                                      Please enable Line Numbers by default. The first thing everyone does is to go to the settings and enable that. Why is it off by default?

                                      123 votes
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                                        4 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Link To Line

                                        Provide a way to send links to co-workers that will open a file and jump to a specific line. ( vs://SolutionName/Project/File:Line86 )

                                        104 votes
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                                        • Don't create asterisk for new lines within block comments in C#

                                          In languages like C and C# you can create block comments like this /* ... */. When you press enter within one of these VS thinks it is being helpful by adding an extra space and asterisk like this:

                                          /*
                                          *
                                          *
                                          */

                                          This is really anoying! Every time I press return I then have to press backspace twice as well!

                                          I am aware that this can be turned off unchecking the "Generate XML documentation comments for ///" option, but there are two things wrong with that: First I do want to create XML documentation and second the wording of…

                                          102 votes
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