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  1. Multiple Monitor Support

    Add Better Multiple Monitor Support.
    While you can free-float containers in other monitors, I would like to see the ability to add "Child" Visual Studio MDI Containers to other monitors. This would allow a user to move controls from one Container to another, dock, expand, maximize, etc. This should also support multiple "Tabs" of code in each container as well.

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    • Add "close all tabs to the right" feature.

      Close all tabs to the right of the selected tab. This is something I love in the chrome browser. Combined with allowing to move tabs around, it's an efficient way of getting rid of clutter.

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      • Visual studio editor collapse or expand conditional branching as (if) and iterations

        In visual studio the editor allows collapse or expand the methods and summary, its gonna be good that you add this functionality, I mean also collapse or expand the conditional branching as (if) and iterations as while, foreach, etc.. This will allow greater clarity when you are working, for example, with legacy code or refactoring code.

        Maybe it will be configurable in the display section of the menu options.

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        • Allow a user to instantly navigate to the TFS folder for the selected workspace in Source Control Explorer

          Solution Explorer has the option, Open Folder in File Explorer, which makes it extremely easy to quickly access the folders for the solution in windows explorer. It would be very nice to have a similar feature in Source Control Explorer that quickly expands the folders to navigate you to the path set for the Source Control Folder for the Workspace.

          You can include a property right below Local Path and call it, Server Path: <path> (where <path> is a hyper link similar to Local Path). And if there are multiple paths mapped for the Workspace, have the little down arrow…

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          • Override Recent Project/Solution Names on Start Page

            The Recent section of the Start Page is a convenient way to quickly open your project. It would be nice to have the ability to change the display name to help differentiate it from one project/solution to another. As an example, if you're working in a branch, the same solution name will appear twice in the list. Presently, I wait for the tooltip to pop-up to insure it's the right one I want.

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            • Enable "Find All References" in metadata

              When I use "Go to Definition" for something defined in a DLL, it takes me to metadata. I would like to be able to use "Find all References" from here so I can find where a specific method or property is used. This can be done from any use within the project, but not from metadata.

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              • Drag and drop between Solution Explorer and Windows Explorer

                Should be able to copy (or even move, if necessary) a file from Solution Explorer to Windows Explorer via drag-and-drop. (Surprisingly, the reverse direction is already implemented!)

                The Solution Explorer is similar enough to Explorer that it is somewhat surprising that this well-established convention is not supported bidirectionally.

                (Similarly, D&D between two instances of Visual Studio ought to work too.)

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                • Make path of build location in output window as browsable

                  When project is build we get output path in output window.Usually this built Dll is copied to application location. So every time the output path need to be copied and need to browse to the location.Instead make the output path browse-able(link to folder) that would be helpful.

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                  • VS2012 colored icons

                    Microsoft, you make a serious error, making VS2012 in a grayscale style. Users must have a choise - use new interface or old, with colored icons.

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                    • Rename the project folder when renaming a project

                      When renaming a project an option to rename the project folder will popup

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                      • Commit first word suggested by instelliSense by commit keys in C++

                        In Visual Studio 2012 C++ InteliSense now gives suggestions immediately by typing letters, so the hitting Ctrl+Space in blank area is not necessary. It is very helpful and faster, but options are only "suggested" and it is not possible to commit them by "intellisense commit keys", such as bracket, dot etc. Only option is to hit Tab key, Ctrl+Space key or select "suggestion" by Up/Down arrow keys.

                        In most of cases the suggestion is right, so it would be helpful to "inverse" behaviour and always select suggestion. Hitting Escape key then can allow free typing.

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                        • SQL-Serverconnection on Start

                          I have some Connections on Serverexplorer to different SQL-Servers on different locations. I use only one with VPN.

                          On Start of VS2012 it checks all Connections with error. (ok - only 1 from 4 VPN is open). But I need 1-2 minutes wait for this check.

                          How can you add an option, that VS2012 NOT check this connection on startup? Only if I open it manuell.

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                          • Run the build process on a separate thread. Sometimes I want to kick off a build locally and go update the status of a task or bug.

                            Run the build process on a separate thread. Sometimes I want to kick off a build locally and go update the status of a task or bug and the IDE hangs. This is an issue for folks maintaining larger solutions.

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                            • Light Version of Visual Studio

                              The best way to describe it is the Blog from http://elegantcode.com/2012/11/30/visual-studio-light-edition/

                              Make a Light Version of Visual Studio, that's below 1GB.
                              Free from the most extensions and useless Background Tasks.

                              Perfect for small Storage Devices. It will offer possibilities to show Customers Projects in a simpler way and make development on travel easier.

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                              • Allow multiple selected folders to be cloacked in the Source Control Explorer

                                Currently, you can cloak a single folder at a time in the Source Control Explorer (right click, Advanced -> Cloak). It would be nice to be able to cloak several folders at once.

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                                • Generate RESX files in alphabetical order

                                  When saving RESX files from the Resource Editor, generate the XML in alphabetical order, sorted by the resource Name. This reduces the chances of version-control conflicts if multiple developers are adding to/editing the same resource file.

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                                  • Show public key token in assembly reference properties window, object browser, and use when copying a reference

                                    When an assembly reference is selected it shows almost all relevant properties in the properties window, except the key part you need to reference it in a configuration file, the public key token.

                                    Please add the public key token to the display in the properties window, at least when an assembly is selected. This could also be done properly by ensuring all other GUIs which display assembly information include this key information, e.g. Object Browser assembly details when clicking an assembly in the tree.

                                    Further, the "Copy Reference" is not switched-on to this (I feel) core requirement, because instead of…

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                                    • Auto-implemented properties in the Visual Studio Class Designer

                                      Visual Studio Class Designer creates the properties as

                                      public string Name
                                      {
                                      get
                                      {
                                      throw new System.NotImplementedException();
                                      }
                                      set
                                      {
                                      }
                                      }

                                      It would be much better if you give us option to choose if we want to get it as auto-property like

                                      public string Name { set; get; }

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                                      • Change the Create GUID tool to have an option for copying a bare GUID

                                        Currently, the Create GUID tool has six different options for copying a new GUID in a particular format. Please add a seventh option: no decoration, just the GUID itself. I find myself frequently copying a GUID in Registry format and then removing the curly braces. Thanks!

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                                        • Button to set both "All Configurations" and "All Platforms" in Project Property Pages

                                          When people change project properties they sometimes forget to set Configuration to "All Configuration" and Platform to "All Platform" before. As the result broken builds. Also if properties has to be changed regularly it's quite annoying to set correct Configuration and Platform fields first. It would be nice to have, for instance, a button that will do that automatically.

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