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  1. 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 →
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      • Make bookmarks use relative paths instead of absolute paths

        I found out recently that current bookmarks implementation seem to use relative paths since after renaming/moving my root folder I found that I could no longer double-click my bookmarks to open them. Upon further inspection it looked as though the bookmarks were all specified as absolute paths and as such were no longer valid. Storing bookmarks as relative to a project/solution would make more sense and would improve this, also old bookmarks would be able to be read just fine keeping with the VS.next compatibility goal.

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          3 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Allow relative paths for external hyperlinks in comments

          Since documentation files are often checked into TFS along with code, allowing relative links to be followed from comments would allow linking to images, pdfs, and other documentation relevant to understanding code directly from code comments.

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          • Add file extension option to search box.

            In Find and Replace dialog add new field to set the extension of files for search. For example, find all strings "hello" in *.css files.

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

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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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                  1 comment  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • add functionality to Right-click on a style (when viewing/editing) markup, and have a "Navigate to Definition"

                  Not sure if this has been suggested yet. Can a "Navigate to Definition" functionality be added to jump to a CSS class?

                  I wish to be able to right click on an HTML element's class/style value, then choose Navigate to Definition, and VS will take me to that particular entry in the CSS file.

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                    3 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 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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                    • "find references"

                      It would be nice if "Find references" when the cursor is on the getter or setter of a property only found examples where the getter or setter is used. For example, I want to find everwhere where property X is set, but I do not wish to find the hundreds of places where the property is just read.

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                      • Find in files results should truncate long lines.

                        When using the 'Find in Files' option under 'Find and Replace', you search for a word and the 'Find Results' window lists in raw text the results. It also displays the line the result was found on. However, if the line is very long (for example in a minified CSS file that has no line breaks) the ENTIRE line is given rather than just a short snippet around the searched result.

                        As the results are not columated, this makes the tool impossible to use as the results will be mixed in amongst thousands of lines of source code where such…

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                          2 comments  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Reintroduce support for column guides in the text editor

                          In previous versions of Visual Studio, there was an undocumented feature for adding column guidelines:

                          http://blogs.msdn.com/b/saraford/archive/2004/11/15/257953.aspx

                          Common coding standards state that lines shouldn't go over a certain length to aid readability, and showing a visible guide helps this. Unfortunately this feature was removed from VS2010, instead of being improved to a first-class UI option as you might expect. This led to several addins being written to reintroduce the feature:

                          http://www.jeff.wilcox.name/2010/02/visualstudio2010guides/
                          http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/0fbf2878-e678-4577-9fdb-9030389b338c/

                          Having several people write the same thing illustrates the developer need for the feature, and also highlights that people wasted time duplicating others' work without knowing it. If this…

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                          • Inline WYSIWYG documentation feature with semantic meta data

                            Documentation features (xmldoc, etc.) should be improved. My idea is a kind of inline WYSIWYG documentation editor (see my attached file).

                            There should be a toolbar to add predefined documentation sections like "summary", "description", "parameters" etc. This section could either be included into the source file or in some external storgare file. It should be possible to select in property editor window where to save specific documentation sections (in source or in storgar xyz).

                            All documentation sections should be combined if expanded in soure editor window so that all information is available in one place.

                            Later this so entered information…

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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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                                • previousmethod

                                  Support Edit.PrevousMethod in C#.

                                  This command is available only in VB, not C#.

                                  If the comman is available, it can be used in Quick Launch and a key assigned to it if desired.

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                                  • Make CoffeeScript editor autoindent next line on enter

                                    The CoffeeScript editor of VS 2013 does not autoindent the next line of my code when I press enter, but jumps always to the start of a line, and I need to tab several times to get to the right indentation.

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                                    • Sorting text

                                      Sort lines in selection by ascending or descending order.
                                      When you declare more than a few member variables, it would be nice to be able to sort them. For C++ it's preferred to initialize in the order of declaration. Where this feature would help a lot, especially when adding more members at a later time.
                                      Or simply for sorting enums.

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                                      • Paste escaped string / paste escaped verbatim string

                                        When you need to copy and paste some XML, string, or other data into the editor as a string it is extremely annoying as you then have to go and manually escape it.

                                        There should be a "Paste Special" with options to paste as a "normal" C# string or as a "verbatim" C# string. This would make this common task much easier.

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                                        • Improve collapsed region display of "/// <summary>"

                                          Instead of diplaying "/// <summary>
                                          Display the first line of text IN the summary!

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