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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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      609 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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        12 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.

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          16 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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            36 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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              25 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.

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                30 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/

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                  8 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.

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                    27 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…

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                      6 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                        14 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,…

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                          10 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • 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.

                          247 votes
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                            9 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Hi Folks,

                            Please keep voting up this item, but I wanted to share with you that in the Visual Studio 2015 Preview, you’ll start to see areas like toolbars, menus, context menus, and some projects in Solution Explorer and types in Intellisense will have beautiful pixel crisp icons (that scale well).

                            Leave comments here for areas of the IDE that aren’t working well in high-DPI or log a bug on connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio.

                            Thanks!
                            Cathy Sullivan
                            Visual Studio IDE Team

                          • 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!

                            224 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.

                              214 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.

                                187 votes
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                                  • Support multiple rows of document tabs

                                    It would be really nice if the IDE allowed multiple rows of document tabs. Currently, I'm using the "Tabs Studio" add-in for this (http://www.tabsstudio.com). See here for an example: http://www.tabsstudio.com/documentation/addins/several-tabs-highlighted-with-the-default-style.png

                                    138 votes
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                                    • Fix the Font & Colors dialog

                                      please fix this dialog. it hasn't changed for years, it desparately needs some attention.

                                      consider this use case:
                                      - i'm editing some code and part of it is red. i want to change it to blue.
                                      - i open the fonts & colors dialog
                                      - i scroll through the HUGE, completely disorganized 'display items' list
                                      - i have to guess which of those items applies to the red text I want to change. sometimes it's obvious, most of the time it's not...
                                      - usually, i have to select each item in that list, one-by-one, looking for one that's the right…

                                      109 votes
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                                        11 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add ability to filter Comments Task List (aka TODO list)

                                        In big solutions it is not uncommon to find numerous TODO comments scattered around multiple projects. By adding filter like the one in Errors (Open Documents, Current Project, Current Document) would help to find what you need. Or at least consider adding the Project column to the Task list, just showing the File name is not enough.

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                                        • Integrate into the development environment Visual Assist or ReSharper.

                                          Integrate into the development environment Visual Assist or ReSharper.

                                          81 votes
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