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  1. 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…

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      6 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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…

      99 votes
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        7 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Improve Dark Theme text copying

        When I copying text from dark theme and paste into Lync there is no background so I don't see white color on white background. It will be nice to have ability to copy source with standard formatting so it can be easily pasted to Lync, Word or PowerPoint with the light theme.

        96 votes
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          5 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 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

          96 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.

            86 votes
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              6 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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                0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Better context-aware javascript code snippets support

                In the current code snippets infrastructure in Visual Studio are not context-aware, only Intellisense is context-aware.

                For exapmle in the AngularJS app, when I write a "angular.module" then press "Tab" that should have a code completion feature for Angular module creation.

                Also, when I type "angular.module('myApp').directive" then press "Tab" that should let us choose one of some useful code snippets for directive code template.

                If Visual Studio can support this kind of code snippet feature. That will be very awesome! :)

                77 votes
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                  0 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

                  77 votes
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                    2 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Allow custom font rasterize in Visual Studio text editor

                    For some of us, we love Mactype - the font rasterizer that render nice and smooth font (similar to Mac).

                    However Visual Studio text editor component is written using WPF and at the current moment, MacType do not support it. The dev team of MacType seem to ignore this problem.

                    Can we have the technical details how to override the font rendering in VS text editor so that we can continue enhancing MacType ? Or best if Visual Studio Team can allow custom font rasterizing in text-editor.

                    With MacType, Eclipse code look perfect. Please see the different between Eclipse and…

                    76 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Restore reference highlighting in the enhanced scrollbar

                      In the Productivity Power Tools suite in 2012, you used to be able to select a word/token and each instance of that token would be flagged in the enhanced scrollbar for the current file.

                      This feature seems to be missing in the new in-built enhanced scrollbar in Visual Studio 2013 Preview.

                      75 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 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

                        74 votes
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                          10 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Add an option in Find/replace to exclude commented lines

                          Oftentimes when searching and/or replacing in code, the text I'm searching for exists in both code and comments. An option to exclude comments from search results would save a lot of time.

                          66 votes
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                          • Make the CodeLense feature available on all Visual Studio 2013 versions

                            Currently the CodeLense feature is available only on the Ultimate version of VS2013. It would be great if we could have this feature on every version of VS2013

                            65 votes
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                              3 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • add emoji support to the visual studio editor.

                              Seriously, how cool would that be?

                              62 votes
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                                4 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Highlighting

                                I think it will be very convinient to highlight methods, propeties and variables with different font colors.

                                59 votes
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                                    • Option to stop indenting namespaces in C++ code

                                      Option to stop indenting namespaces in C++ code

                                      51 votes
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                                      • VS2010 : go back to old find dialog (like in VS2010) or allow disabling the quickfind

                                        Hi all,

                                        The new "Quickfind" - panel of VS2012 is annoying. It does not respond as expected and could not be positioned as needed.
                                        It slows down all work.

                                        So I would suggest to go generally back to the old "find dialog" or allow the users to disable the new "quickfind" toolwindow.

                                        Best regards,
                                        dp.

                                        47 votes
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                                        • Add "Copy Diff from Left to Right" button and vice versa

                                          VS 2013 is awesome. I really appreciate its speed and CodeLens and other things, but there is one I would like to ask you to improve: can you please add functionality like "copy diff from left to right" and vice versa to VS diff tool? I do not want to select piece of code, copypaste it and then remove the old one in the other file. I want one button which will be shown when I put cursor to a line of code and will do it for me if I press it. This button should also copy whole chunk…

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