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  1. Bring PowerShell support to the editor

    In 2005 there was VBScript support, and the general consensus is that PowerShell is the wave of the future for scripting. Why can't it be brought into VS as a supported language with IntelliSense? It seems like the wheel was reinvented when the PowerShell ISE was developed when it can also be done in VS.

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      16 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.

      336 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).

        298 votes
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          17 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/.

          283 votes
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            5 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.

            204 votes
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              29 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.

              188 votes
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                8 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…

                160 votes
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                  2 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.

                  159 votes
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                    8 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?

                    146 votes
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                      2 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…

                      126 votes
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                        0 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…

                        109 votes
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                          3 comments  ·  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.

                          93 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…

                            86 votes
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                              4 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Provide an interface to configure individual auto-indent decisions

                              Currently code construction flow is frequently disrupted as users must fight the editor over auto-indent decisions which violate their preferences.

                              Disabling auto-indention altogether is a clumsy "solution", as (for instance) those auto-indent decisions which facilitate hierarchical code block structure may bring more efficiency to code construction than others take away.

                              We need an interface in the IDE to configure each individual auto-indention decision.

                              84 votes
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                              • Wrap lines intelligently (simulating indents)

                                Like other text editors, Visual Studio has a word wrap feature (Tools / Options / Text Editor / All languages / Word wrap ). However unlike other text editors, Visual Studio's word wrap ignores indents, spilling the line continuation into the margin. This makes the page very messy.

                                Take a look how other text editors do line wrap (screenshot of Notepad++ attached), respecting indentation, so the line continuation is displayed with the same margin. http://stackoverflow.com/questions/12324453/wrap-lines-intelligently-simulating-indents-in-visual-studio-2012

                                Another bug with Visual Studio's word wrap is that triple clicking in the editor selects the line on screen rather than the physical line as…

                                84 votes
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                                  7 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,…

                                  80 votes
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                                    5 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Code Contracts Editor Extension

                                    Bake the Code Contracts Editor Extension into Visual Studio, with less bugs, better performance and more features.

                                    http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/85f0aa38-a8a8-4811-8b86-e7f0b8d8c71b

                                    73 votes
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                                      2 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Enable Local History

                                      Other IDEs have local history tracking. It's really useful for when something is almost right, but not ready to commit. Then a couple changes are made to try and finish it up. Turns out those changes make it worse. Depending on how big those changes were and how many files you touched it can be a nightmare. Local history makes it easy to rewind. This is especially useful for css/javascript where a small change can have a large impact.

                                      71 votes
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                                      • Fix code formatting/indenting when using tabs in MVC Razor

                                        Currently the HTML code editor seems to have a bug when formatting MVC Razor code and the tab style is set to use Tabs rather than Spaces. It is personal preference whether tabs or spaces are used but currently the editor only supports properly indenting code when using spaces. As soon as tabs are selected typing a closing bracket messes-up the indentation of code and Ctrl-Z has to be pressed to undo the auto-formatting.

                                        Please fix it so that code formatting using Tabs works as well as when using Spaces.

                                        See also: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/6902204/why-doesnt-visual-studio-code-formatting-work-properly-for-razor-markup

                                        67 votes
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                                        • Fix Drag and drop to open file when running as Administrator

                                          Dragging & dropping a file when running VS as administrator doesn't work, yet you must run VS as administrator when using IIS for debugging etc.

                                          Reference: connectID 537964 from 3/1/2010
                                          http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/537964/drag-and-drop-to-open-file-is-not-working-when-run-as-administrator

                                          65 votes
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