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  1. Display format for Find-all-search results

    Rather than showing the entire path of each file, the resultset can be displayed as a tree view. Considering the following results:


    Find all "view", Match case, Subfolders, Find Results 1, Current Project: CBES - Crowd Monitor\CBES - Crowd Monitor.csproj, ""

    C:\Users\ABM-7\Documents\Visual Studio 2010\Projects\CBES - Crowd Monitor\CBES - Crowd Monitor\Content\themes\base\jquery.ui.theme.css(15): * To view and modify this theme, visit http://jqueryui.com/themeroller/

    C:\Users\ABM-7\Documents\Visual Studio 2010\Projects\CBES - Crowd Monitor\CBES - Crowd Monitor\Scripts\jquery-1.5.1-vsdoc.js(2732): props: "altKey attrChange attrName bubbles button cancelable charCode clientX clientY ctrlKey currentTarget data detail eventPhase fromElement handler keyCode layerX layerY metaKey newValue offsetX offsetY pageX pageY prevValue relatedNode relatedTarget screenX screenY shiftKey…

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      3 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add super-compact style for CSS formatting.

      Currently the minimalist formatting option is compact, which isn't truly the most compact. The rule is:
      div_{_display:_block;height:_auto;_}

      Super compact would be:

      div_{display:block;height:auto;}

      All of the extra white space makes it ****** for me to read since everything is already color coded in the editor. Plus it gives a performance buff by removing excess white space.

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      • Make the "Show References" code information indicator less intrusive

        The "Show References" code information indicator in VS 2013 Preview is too intrusive:

        - it wastes too much vertical space
        - it makes vertical navigation (e.g. using cursor keys) strange
        - I always have to double check, if the cursor is at the right place, when I want to write something right above a method (e.g. add an attribute)

        Suggestion:
        - Move the "show references" indicator to the same line where the method is declared.
        - Get rid of the word "references", show just the number (maybe in a (colored) circle
        - Put the indicator either just left of the…

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        • Scrollbars in VS11 Dark theme aren't themed.

          Scrollbars in VS11 Dark theme aren't themed, and stand out significantly. They should be themed similar to the scrollbars in Blend.

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            0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Provide intellisense in xaml build workflow for Team Build

            The graphical editor is too slow and refactoring is not possible. Modifying xaml is more productive but without intellisense it is a little bit complicated.

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              0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Code2HTML

              Increasingly codes are posted on the Internet to help other programmers. Therefore it would be useful if you could convert codes with their formatting in an HTML code.

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              • Improve the RDLC Editor and Rendering

                Currently, the RDLC editor is VS 2012 has issues. These issues have occurred since the IDE was converted to WPF in 2010. We need a snap to align and other basic functionality you'd expect from a designer. While we're improving the editor, we need to improve the rendering. The answer provided about PDF rendering being processor intensive (http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/is/sqlreportingservices/thread/ca45fcc4-be69-410f-aaed-19b65f279330) doesn't fly. Many 3rd parties can convert HTML to PDF in seconds compared to the RDLC provider. So, allow HTML rendering and convert the HTML to DOCX or PDF.

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                  0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Allow users to toggle-off blank space at the bottom of Visual Studio editor

                  I had a technical complaint of sort with Visual Studio's handling of the text editor scroll.

                  It injects this huge space at the bottom of the main editor window that is not useful at all.

                  The is also the more painful side-effect of the scrollbar position no longer being an accurate representation of when you are in your code.

                  In essence, scrolling down to the last line of code in the text editor, shows you the last 'line of code' vs. the last 'page of code'.

                  Is it possible to fix or toggle this behavior?

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                    0 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • add a "Find / Show in Solution Explorer" option to the context menu in the editor window

                    when clicked it would bring the current file into view in the solution explorer tree, so you don't have to hunt it down to check it in.

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                      2 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add Spell Checking for Comments, HTML, and Strings

                      In Windows 8 this should be extremely easy since there's the global speller. see http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/7c8341f1-ebac-40c8-92c2-476db8d523ce for an idea on how it could work

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                      • Allow multi split window or view on the one code file

                        You can now split the editing window of code file horizontally. But allow those with larger monitor to split the windows many times both horizontally and vertically. The easy way may be allow the same file to be opened multiple times. Maybe an option to allow files to be opened multiple time without asking; with asking; or not (as it now).

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                          2 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Make the Visual Studio editor as good (or better) as Sublime Text (http://www.sublimetext.com/)

                          It's an embarassment that one guy wrote a better editor than the whole Visual Studio development team.

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                          • reduce keyboard hotkeys

                            i think, many hotkeys are not advantageous, because many hotkey only works in some content. Like F7 for switching to Code or Shift+F7 to WPF. I think, hotkey like this need only one hotkey.

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                            • Scratchpad/notes: editor window not tied to file

                              The ability to open an editor window, where you can paste stuff (like a huuge template linker error) and work on it (search and replace to simplify it) without having to create a file for that purpose.

                              Currently the best way to achieve this is to use an external editor, e.g. notepad. Which won't snap in like the other editors in vs, ofc.

                              12 votes
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                              • Create a 'File Bundle/Group/Briefcase Explorer'

                                Create a view similar to the 'Solution Explorer' that allows for the grouping of files based on their relevancy to each other (i.e. grouping files by feature). A group could contain the JS, CSS, Controllers, Services, Etc files related to a particular feature. A file can belong to multiple groups.

                                In the 'File Bundle/Group/Briefcase Explorer', you can view all groups, expand them to view the files, and be able to open all files in a group with one click (possibly closing all other open files).

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                                • Too hard to search code samples

                                  It's nice to see VS2012 integrates the code sample function, but it's still hard to search code samples. What I want is a simple search textbox + some simple condition selections (e.g. language, technology), and hit enter. Then see the sample search results with brief sample description. Next, I can open what I want.

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                                  • Reverse cycle through clipboard ring

                                    Ctrl-Shift-V is awesome for the clipboard ring, but when you pass the item you are after, you have to go all the way back round.

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                                    • Shortcut to duplicate current line/selection

                                      In Netbeans, when we press Ctrl+Shift+downKey, it duplicates the current line or selection just below the cursor. This comes handy, if we are inserting the same statement consecutively (perhaps with little modification... saves us from copy/paste). Please provide the similar shortcut for VS11.

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                                      • Allow custom CSS formatting in Visual Studio 2012

                                        At the moment there are only three options - "Compact", "Semi-expanded" and "expanded", though none of these meet our needs.

                                        Please enable some kind of custom template for formatting CSS, or at the very least include more options (such a version of "Compact" without the space after the colon).

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                                        • Allow history in "Find Symbol Results" (Find all references)

                                          Often, when I'm exploring code, I use Find all references, then drill down a bit more, do another Find all references, and 'lose' the first one. It would be a lot easier if you could do 'Back' and 'Forwards' through the history of the symbol results.

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