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  1. 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.

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      5 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 →
      • 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.

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          5 comments  ·  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 →
          • 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.

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              6 comments  ·  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.

              73 votes
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                1 comment  ·  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

                71 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…

                  67 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  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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                      3 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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?

                        53 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.

                          53 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • 52 votes
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                              3 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Option to stop indenting namespaces in C++ code

                              Option to stop indenting namespaces in C++ code

                              51 votes
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                                4 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Tooltip on non-visible matching Braces

                                The editor already highlights matching braces, but if one of the pairs is not visible in the editor, then this visually indicator is not useful.

                                My suggestions, is to add a tooltip what would show the (previous) line when the matching brace started when the mouse is hovering the ending brace.

                                if(testSomething)
                                {
                                // Very Long Code
                                }

                                In this case, hovering the mouse over the ending curly brace, would show a tooltip with "if(testSomething)" text.

                                This would be especially useful in dealing with long trailing } sequences at the end of functions and classes.

                                43 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Intellisense filter to hide Extension methods

                                  Including namespace such as System.Linq pollutes IEnumerable<T> with extension methods so much that it's very hard to find properties and methods belonging to a type.

                                  43 votes
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                                    3 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Simplify the closing of multiple documents

                                    On the documents tab control.

                                    When multiple tabs/documents are open, it is possible to pull down a context menu, which lists all open documents, by clicking the down arrow on the far right of the tab control. This menu could be improved upon by adding a “Close button” next to each document in the menu to simplify the closing of documents.

                                    43 votes
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                                      3 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Add multi-line support to Find/Replace

                                      Please add multi-line support (with intelligent highlight/copy/paste into the search box) to all existing Find/Replace features. In other words, if the user highlights multiple lines and hits Ctrl+F, the search box should automagically expand slightly and show a scroll bar.

                                      For non-evangelist, real devs, this feature alone would save MANY hours of development time.

                                      42 votes
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                                      • Add Simultaneous Multi-Caret editing to Visual Studio

                                        Simultaneously edit in more than one location in the editor.

                                        If you've ever ran into a case where you wanted to quickly change variable names or multiple loop conditions - you should be able to set more than one caret on screen and simultaneously edit/type/move all of them together

                                        An extension that does this can be found on the gallery:
                                        http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/2beb9705-b568-45d1-8550-751e181e3aef

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

                                          41 votes
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