Visual Studio

Welcome to the Visual Studio UserVoice site. Let us know what you would like to see in future versions of the Visual Studio suite of products. This site is for suggestions and ideas. If you need to file a bug, visit the Visual Studio Connect site: https://connect.microsoft.com/visualstudio.

To review the current UserVoice statuses and their definitions, please review our “What Does the Status of My Feedback Mean?” article.

We would also like to invite you to check out the Announcements section we have added to this site, where we will be posting special opportunities for you to participate in.

We look forward to hearing from you!

The Visual Studio Team
Terms of Service and Privacy Policy

I suggest you ...

You've used all your votes and won't be able to post a new idea, but you can still search and comment on existing ideas.

There are two ways to get more votes:

  • When an admin closes an idea you've voted on, you'll get your votes back from that idea.
  • You can remove your votes from an open idea you support.
  • To see ideas you have already voted on, select the "My feedback" filter and select "My open ideas".
(thinking…)

Enter your idea and we'll search to see if someone has already suggested it.

If a similar idea already exists, you can support and comment on it.

If it doesn't exist, you can post your idea so others can support it.

Enter your idea and we'll search to see if someone has already suggested it.

  • Hot ideas
  • Top ideas
  • New ideas
  • My feedback
  1. Add some sort of debugging of web.config.

    Web config file gets pretty big very quickly. It is very hard sometimes to figure out which part is causing the problems. Any automation will be an improvement over the curent state.

    10 votes
    Vote
    Sign in
    Check!
    (thinking…)
    Reset
    or sign in with
    • facebook
    • google
      Password icon
      I agree to the terms of service
      Signed in as (Sign out)
      You have left! (?) (thinking…)
      0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Network calls debugger for Cordova

      It would be great to have an equivalent of "Network" tab in Chrome debug tools in the Cordova debugger. Or, if there is one, it should be easier to find ;)

      10 votes
      Vote
      Sign in
      Check!
      (thinking…)
      Reset
      or sign in with
      • facebook
      • google
        Password icon
        I agree to the terms of service
        Signed in as (Sign out)
        You have left! (?) (thinking…)
        1 comment  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Exception Assistant - exstensibility to tap into the Error Message, Inner Exception,

        I've reported the issue here: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/7816556/visual-studio-extend-ide-the-exception-assistant.

        I truly desire exstensibility with the Exception Assistant. If you could please expose the Exception message, Error code, plugin GUI & etc, we could pull online resources in from SO, code project & MSDN & give online help links based on the error you're getting. Please make this ability as a interface so the community can implement the search features and incorporate them into the Exception Assistant. TIA. ps Would we all like the Jon Skeet add-in?

        10 votes
        Vote
        Sign in
        Check!
        (thinking…)
        Reset
        or sign in with
        • facebook
        • google
          Password icon
          I agree to the terms of service
          Signed in as (Sign out)
          You have left! (?) (thinking…)
          1 comment  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Breakpoint covered the bookmark

          In vs2005/2008/2010, when I set a breakpoint and a bookmark in the same line, I can see both. But in vs2012 RC, the breakpoint covered the bookmark. Maybe restore icons to vs2010 is a good idea.

          10 votes
          Vote
          Sign in
          Check!
          (thinking…)
          Reset
          or sign in with
          • facebook
          • google
            Password icon
            I agree to the terms of service
            Signed in as (Sign out)
            You have left! (?) (thinking…)
            under review  ·  3 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Add "Add Data Breakpoint" context menu to Watch expressions

            Here is a common use case to debug data change. Make it an item in context menu in Watch.

            1. drag-and-drop a structure member on a Watch window.
            2. Insert & in front of it to take its address
            3. drag-and-drop the address value into Watch window again , because there's no way to easily copy just the address of the variable or member
            4. Copy the address of the variable or member
            5. Go to Breakpoints window
            6. Choose "New"->"New Data Breakpoint"
            7. Paste the copied address of the variable or member.

            That's quite a bunch of clicks thousands…

            10 votes
            Vote
            Sign in
            Check!
            (thinking…)
            Reset
            or sign in with
            • facebook
            • google
              Password icon
              I agree to the terms of service
              Signed in as (Sign out)
              You have left! (?) (thinking…)
              1 comment  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • F5 debug/deploy to remote PCs and virtual machines

              F5 debug/deploy should be able to install my application to a remote PC or virtual machine, that is running the same or a different version of Windows. Much like F5 debug/deploy for Phone can deploy my app onto the phone device or emulator ahead of running. And just like it can deploy apps to Windows Azure.

              For virtual machines, Visual Studio should interface with popular machine monitors such as Hyper-V and VMWare, so it can launch and provision a VM instance, not just connect to an already-running VM.

              9 votes
              Vote
              Sign in
              Check!
              (thinking…)
              Reset
              or sign in with
              • facebook
              • google
                Password icon
                I agree to the terms of service
                Signed in as (Sign out)
                You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Make the MPI CLUSTER DEBUGGER competitve with Totalview or DDT

                When debugging applications it is common to have 2 instances of a IDE/Debugger running side by side to compare calls stacks, variables, etc. However when trying this with MSVC and MPI Cluster debugger it appears that MSVC has lost its way, or I'm missing something. When starting the MPI CLuster debugger in a second session, the breakpoints appear in the first session of MSVC !!!. It looks like a singleton has taken control... I found a thread on debugging 2 projects but its not focused on side by side debugging, but rather swithcing between projects. We need way to run…

                9 votes
                Vote
                Sign in
                Check!
                (thinking…)
                Reset
                or sign in with
                • facebook
                • google
                  Password icon
                  I agree to the terms of service
                  Signed in as (Sign out)
                  You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                  0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • show each process's command line arguments somewhere in the Attach to Process dialog

                  The Attach to Process dialog should help me disambiguate which process I want to attach the debugger to. The existing PID is not really helpful unless I use Process Explorer, or some other such too to help me figure out the process ID of the EXE instance want to debug.

                  Example Scenario:
                  When I have multiple instances of IISExpress running, I cannot tell which instance of the EXE I want to attach to. If I the process name hover tooltip would show the entire command line, I would easily be able to determine which IISExpress instance to attach to. The…

                  8 votes
                  Vote
                  Sign in
                  Check!
                  (thinking…)
                  Reset
                  or sign in with
                  • facebook
                  • google
                    Password icon
                    I agree to the terms of service
                    Signed in as (Sign out)
                    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                    0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add search and filter in the QuickWatch window

                    I need to be able search inside the variables that inside the QuickWatch
                    Quick Find, Filter By:name/value with willcard on QuickWatch Window

                    8 votes
                    Vote
                    Sign in
                    Check!
                    (thinking…)
                    Reset
                    or sign in with
                    • facebook
                    • google
                      Password icon
                      I agree to the terms of service
                      Signed in as (Sign out)
                      You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                      0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • add a real SSIS debugger

                      We need a modern and efficient way to debug SSIS packages, Dataflow and Controlflow items.

                      8 votes
                      Vote
                      Sign in
                      Check!
                      (thinking…)
                      Reset
                      or sign in with
                      • facebook
                      • google
                        Password icon
                        I agree to the terms of service
                        Signed in as (Sign out)
                        You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                        0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Make native CString or char* or wchar* string editable with the "Text visulizer" by default.

                        Make native CString or char* or wchar* string editable with the "Text visulizer" by default.

                        8 votes
                        Vote
                        Sign in
                        Check!
                        (thinking…)
                        Reset
                        or sign in with
                        • facebook
                        • google
                          Password icon
                          I agree to the terms of service
                          Signed in as (Sign out)
                          You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                          0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Improve performance of inspecting slow functions and properties while debugging

                          Sometimes a property or function can take a long time to evaluate when debugging. Visual Studio should stay responsive when this happens

                          8 votes
                          Vote
                          Sign in
                          Check!
                          (thinking…)
                          Reset
                          or sign in with
                          • facebook
                          • google
                            Password icon
                            I agree to the terms of service
                            Signed in as (Sign out)
                            You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                            2 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Make the debugging Visualizers non-modal windows

                            Quite often when debugging, I want to see the results of a dataset while stepping through code. Unfortunately the visualizer window is modal, so that is not possible. I currently get around it by taking a screenshot of the visualizer window, which is less than ideal.

                            7 votes
                            Vote
                            Sign in
                            Check!
                            (thinking…)
                            Reset
                            or sign in with
                            • facebook
                            • google
                              Password icon
                              I agree to the terms of service
                              Signed in as (Sign out)
                              You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                              0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Option to Force Visual Studio to Prompt for Startup Arguments

                              In Eclipse one can add ${string_prompt} as a command line argument, which forces Eclipse to prompt the user for string input when launching an application for debugging or testing. There is no option in Visual Studio 2010 to do such a thing.

                              It would be nice if I could add such a flag to my startup arguments, so each time I start up an application Visual Studio 2010 would prompt for input. This would allow me, the developer, to change arguments each time the applications starts for projects that need various forms and different kinds of arguments on startup for…

                              7 votes
                              Vote
                              Sign in
                              Check!
                              (thinking…)
                              Reset
                              or sign in with
                              • facebook
                              • google
                                Password icon
                                I agree to the terms of service
                                Signed in as (Sign out)
                                You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Limit "The following breakpoint cannot be set" popup error message to one popup

                                when reloading a project display only one popup for "The following breakpoint cannot be set", instead of displaying the popup each time the error occurs. Another option would be to put the errors in the Error List window and popout the Error List so the user can see the error messages.

                                7 votes
                                Vote
                                Sign in
                                Check!
                                (thinking…)
                                Reset
                                or sign in with
                                • facebook
                                • google
                                  Password icon
                                  I agree to the terms of service
                                  Signed in as (Sign out)
                                  You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                  0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Fix some big issues with the new Graphics Debugger

                                  The new Graphics Debugger is nice, but is lacking in a couple of key areas that really hurt debuggablility.

                                  1. There seems to be no way to look at the shader microcode for a shader from either the object or device context windows. In PIX you could click on a shader and see the microcode immediately. The only way you seem to be able to see microcode on a shader is to start debugging a draw call. This takes a while and is really annoying when you're just doing a spot check to see if the right shader is on…

                                  7 votes
                                  Vote
                                  Sign in
                                  Check!
                                  (thinking…)
                                  Reset
                                  or sign in with
                                  • facebook
                                  • google
                                    Password icon
                                    I agree to the terms of service
                                    Signed in as (Sign out)
                                    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                    0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Display variable values inline while debugging

                                    It would be great if variable values would be displayed right next to the code while debugging and stepping through the code.

                                    Chrome dev tools recently added this feature, see how it works here: http://imgur.com/JxbZm1W

                                    It saves lots of time as you don't need to hover over variables or add them to watch to see their values.

                                    7 votes
                                    Vote
                                    Sign in
                                    Check!
                                    (thinking…)
                                    Reset
                                    or sign in with
                                    • facebook
                                    • google
                                      Password icon
                                      I agree to the terms of service
                                      Signed in as (Sign out)
                                      You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                      0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Expose the DisableAttachSecurityWarning key to the IDE.

                                      Please surface this value up to the IDE or, at the very least, remove its entry from the shipped .vssettings files.

                                      7 votes
                                      Vote
                                      Sign in
                                      Check!
                                      (thinking…)
                                      Reset
                                      or sign in with
                                      • facebook
                                      • google
                                        Password icon
                                        I agree to the terms of service
                                        Signed in as (Sign out)
                                        You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                        0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Make VS work better with MVC

                                        This is inspired by https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/532873/browse-with-menu-not-available-in-mvc-applications

                                        I'd also want this feature, but before that I want VS IDE to be able to read MVC project structure correctly, so that when I hit "F5" when I'm viewing a .cshtml file, it'll try to bring me to \{controller}\{view} instead of trying to map to non-browsable \View\{viewname}.cshtml file.

                                        7 votes
                                        Vote
                                        Sign in
                                        Check!
                                        (thinking…)
                                        Reset
                                        or sign in with
                                        • facebook
                                        • google
                                          Password icon
                                          I agree to the terms of service
                                          Signed in as (Sign out)
                                          You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                          0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Allow the user to move a breakpoint by drag and drop

                                          Sometimes I have complex breakpoints set (condition, count etc.) and I need to change the line where the breakpoint is set. I would like to be able to drag&drop the breakpoint icon displayed in the source window to move its position. Likewise when viewing the breakpoint in the "Breakpoints" pane in the IDE, I see the line number and I would like to be able to change the line number there.

                                          7 votes
                                          Vote
                                          Sign in
                                          Check!
                                          (thinking…)
                                          Reset
                                          or sign in with
                                          • facebook
                                          • google
                                            Password icon
                                            I agree to the terms of service
                                            Signed in as (Sign out)
                                            You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                            2 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                          • Don't see your idea?

                                          Feedback and Knowledge Base