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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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      463 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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        8 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Ask before moving files in Solution Explorer tree.

        Accidentally moving files to random directory really annoys.

        626 votes
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          30 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 487 votes
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            18 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.

            405 votes
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              11 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.

              302 votes
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                5 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.

                243 votes
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                  15 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.

                  229 votes
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                    6 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 216 votes
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                      13 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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!

                      215 votes
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                        8 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 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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                          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.

                          176 votes
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                            6 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

                          • 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…

                            156 votes
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                              3 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 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.

                              154 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,…

                                141 votes
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                                  6 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Bring back "Apply server settings to all users (store in project file)" in Visual Studio 2013 (web projects)

                                  In the Web tab of the Project properties window, there used to be a checkbox to store server settings in the project file (in my experience, storing server settings in the proj file is a bad plan). All our web projects have this unchecked, so developers can use their preferred environment (IIS/Cassini/IIS Express). The refactoring of the Web properties tab removed this checkbox in Visual Studio 2013. I know that if you stay out of this properties tab in VS2013, it will still store your server settings in a user project file, but if you have to actually make a…

                                  108 votes
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                                  • 106 votes
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                                    • Automatically fix fixable errors

                                      Some errors in the error list could be automatically fixed. For instance, you build your code and the error "The type 'bla' is not referenced. You must add a reference to assembly 'System.Data.Entity'" appears in the error pane. This error is easily fixed by adding the correct reference to the project, but since Studio already knows what it's looking for, it knows where it's located (GAC), why isn't there an option to fix it?

                                      It would be nice if the error pane would have a column "Autoresolve" with for each error which migh be fixable a link "Try resolving". Studio…

                                      99 votes
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                                      • Integrate into the development environment Visual Assist or ReSharper.

                                        Integrate into the development environment Visual Assist or ReSharper.

                                        86 votes
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                                        • Link To Line

                                          Provide a way to send links to co-workers that will open a file and jump to a specific line. ( vs://SolutionName/Project/File:Line86 )

                                          84 votes
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