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  1. Bring back Macros

    I am amazed you've decided to remove Macros from Visual Studio. Not only are they useful for general programming, but they're a great way to be introduced to the Visual Studio APIs.

    If you are unwilling to put in the development time towards them, please release the source code and let the community maintain it as an extension.

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      522 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      We are currently reviewing the feasibility of delivering a scripting capability in a future version of Visual Studio. Please continue to offer your comments on what scripting capability we should offer while we research this suggestion.

      Tony Goodhew, Program Manager, VS Pro.

    • Visual Studio Task Manager

      One of the best things about Visual Studio is it's extensibility. The problem is, the more extensions I install, the less stable my Visual Studio gets, the more memory it takes, and sometimes it even takes constant CPU even when minimized. It would be great to have a task manager feature which allowed you to identify the misbehaving extension much easier.

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        10 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Ask before moving files in Solution Explorer tree.

        Accidentally moving files to random directory really annoys.

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          34 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Open links in an actual browser

          Please take the Web Browser out of the Visual Studio, open links in the default web browser (and please my own default, not Internet Explorer). Visual Studio is not good as a web browser and it uses Internet Explorer inside to make it worse.

          589 votes
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            14 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 545 votes
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              20 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Store per-project source formatting settings with project properties

              I wish it were possible to define per-project editor settings that affect formatting and writing style: tab size, use tabs/spaces, autoindent and so on.

              Because, different solutions (or even projects in one solution) can have different coding styles or conventions.

              Having to poke in several tabs of environment settings every time as I switch projects is a major annoyance.

              Actually the formatting settings are not private user preferences; they are part of a project and should be stored in source sontrol, so that the next person that takes on the code automatically gets the proper settings.

              521 votes
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                26 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Identify and Nest Dependent Files in Solution Explorer using Right Click Menu

                Identify and Nest Dependent Files in Solution Explorer using Right Click Menu.

                Allow us to nest files in solution explorer without having to edit the csproj file. For example, we have 4 files that are breeze.*.js, and I like to nest them as dependent on breeze.js so they show up collapsed in solution explorer.

                Currently we edit the csproj file to do this, and we also do it for css and for custom js. Another example:

                repositories.js
                -- attendee.repository.js
                -- session.repository.js
                -- speaker.repository.js
                -- lookup.repository.js
                -- abstract.repository.js

                For files like jQuery that have 4 or 5 dependent files this is…

                327 votes
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                  6 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Visual Studio should be Touch-Friendly

                  Anyone who has put Visual Studio 2012 on a computer with a touch screen will attest to how bad the environment behaves when attempting to touch the screen.

                  Visual Studio should include either a full-fledged touch mode or include settings that allow users to take advantage of touch enabled devices.

                  322 votes
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                    21 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Allow Drag-Drop Project References between projects

                    It would be nice if we were able to just drag a reference from one project to the next.

                    315 votes
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                      5 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • New VS option "Go To Definition Implementation"

                      VS offers an option “Go to Definition” when you want to see a function definition; however, if your object is implementing an interface this option takes to that particular interface and you are forced to look for the object that implements this particular method. I propose a new option called “Go to Definition Implementation” which would take you to the object that implements that particular interface.

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                        7 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 238 votes
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                        • Integrate more functions of "Productivity Power Tools" in VS11

                          I'm so glad to see VS11 beta release. I find many new features integrated to VS11 beta from "old" Productivity Power Tools extension, such as new Solution Explorer, Quick Access and so on. But I do see many more features of "Productivity Power Tools" in VS11 beta, such as Auto Brace Completion, Fix Mixed Tabs, Align Assignments, Tools Options Support and more. So I hope the full functions of "old" Productivity Power Tools integrated to the VS11, and also we can config these features in the Option of VS11. Please take a think about my suggestion. Thanks a lot!

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                            8 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Support .editorconfig

                            It would be awesome if Visual Studio supported .editorconfig files like so many other editors and IDEs.

                            "EditorConfig helps developers define and maintain consistent coding styles between different editors and IDEs. The EditorConfig project consists of a file format for defining coding styles and a collection of text editor plugins that enable editors to read the file format and adhere to defined styles. EditorConfig files are easily readable and they work nicely with version control systems."

                            You can read more about it at http://editorconfig.org/

                            219 votes
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                              4 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • save text files with the newline convention present in the file when opened

                              The Visual Studio text file editor has an "advanced save" option that allows me to choose a particular format to save to, every time I save a file.
                              However, 99% of the time, the right thing to do is to save the file using whatever convention was present when the file was originally opened. Thus, if I open a file with LF-style line termination, new lines I add should be terminated with LF, and the file should be saved as LF-terminated. If I open a file with CRLF convention, new lines I *** should be terminated with CRLF, and it…

                              213 votes
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                              • Add high resolution icons for those who use high DPI screens

                                When you set your screen to high DPI (>100%) icons in toolbars get really blurry. In VS 2010 it was a pain to create great UI while your ide looked so bad.

                                Icons should look pixel perfect independently of your DPI.

                                193 votes
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                                  7 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Thanks to everyone who voted and commented on this issue. In Visual Studio 2013 we made incremental improvements in how we render icons under different DPI scaling. We are also considering future improvements around multi-resolution/DPI icon sets.

                                  Visual Studio UX Team

                                • Option "Show Always Intellisense"

                                  Sometimes when I want to list all the methods of a function. I have to use 2 keyboard shortcuts to do this.
                                  Option "Always show Intellisense" would make suggestions show ALL the time. If I click somewhere out the editing box, they will disappear, when I click back, they show again.

                                  185 votes
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                                  • Support elastic tab stops

                                    Support elastic tab stops! Just look at the picture on this web site:

                                    http://nickgravgaard.com/elastictabstops/

                                    P.S. we should be able to make the choice between spaces/tabs/elastic tabs on a per-solution (or per-project) basis.

                                    181 votes
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                                      7 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Stop polluting My Documents with Visual Studio folders

                                      Visual Studio creates a new folder in My Documents with every version. Over time, if the user requires many different versions of Visual Studio installed, this pollutes the folder. My Documents is supposed to be where I keep, well, my documents.

                                      This even goes again Microsoft's own software design guidelines, if I remember them right.

                                      Most of the subfolders should be moved to the existing AppData Visual Studio folder. The Projects subfolder has no reason to exist, since you might as well default the My Documents folder when creating new projects (the user can obviouly change this at the time,…

                                      167 votes
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                                      • Sync extensions across multiple devices, using the synchronized settings feature

                                        Keep the installed extensions and pluings in sync in the cloud, using the sync feature.
                                        Useful when reinstalling VS or when using multiple PCs.

                                        145 votes
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