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  1. 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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    • 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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      • Add context-sensitive refresh for Solution Explorer

        In solution explorer I have to select the Refresh option when I've added an image to a project's folder structure so I can get it into my source control provider and part of the actual project. With larger solutions, hitting refresh just so a single new file shows up can take a while so adding a "Refreh" option to the menu for folders already in the project would save a significant amount of time.

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        • refactor - Extract String to Resource File

          I would like an integrated "Extract this string to a resource file" option on strings in the IDE to make it easier to develop cross-culture applications.

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          • Allow partial check-in / commits

            When making a commit in Xcode, a diff window is opened with the ability to exclude blocks that were changed (attachment).

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            • Be able to search for options analogously to what the new version of VS2011 is supposed to be able to do with commands.

              There are so many options in the Tools|Options dialog that it's very easy to forget exactly where you found a given option earlier. It would be nice if we could search for options in the Options dialog, along the lines what the beta of VS2011 is supposed to have with searching for commands.

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              • Enable Auto Recover option in VS2010 Isolated Shell

                In VS2008 Isolated Shell, the auto recover option is available. However, in VS2010 the auto recover is disabled (greyed out). Can you please re-enable this IDE feature for the Isolated Shell?

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                • Design pattern highlighting for Javascript editor

                  To create professional Javascript it is highly recommended to use design patterns. It would be great if the IDE could help in recognizing the MEANING of these patterns.

                  For example, it could highlight the public vs. private methods of the module pattern by a different background color.

                  Suggested patterns:
                  Constructor Pattern
                  Module Pattern
                  Revealing Module Pattern
                  Singleton Pattern
                  Observer Pattern
                  Mediator Pattern
                  Prototype Pattern
                  Command Pattern
                  Facade Pattern
                  Factory Pattern
                  Mixin Pattern
                  Decorator Pattern
                  Flyweight Pattern

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                  • Improve offline working and going online

                    When you open a solution without connection to TFS, allow user to cancel loading, keeping the status of the solution as "online" (go online process may be very long).
                    Then, when going online, allow the user to shortcut the process if he can commit that he made no change in his solution.

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                    • Visual Studio / MSDN background color too white

                      Problem: Eyes get tired when looking on white background for many hours. Visual studio white areas, MSDN Library white area background for articles.

                      Solution:

                      Visual Studio IDE. Can set backgroundcolor to e.g. lightgray in one place so background color in all windows in IDE are affected.

                      MSDN Library web site. The preferred background color can be remembered in a cookie e.g.

                      This is nice features to have for software developers who use Visual Studio and MSDN Library a lot on a working day. Other websites and other applications on the host are not affected compared to solving the problem with…

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                      • Bring back the ability to rapidly draw a new icon for a macro on a toolbar.

                        In previous versions of Visual Studio, when you added a macro to a toolbar (via customize) you could draw a new icon to represent that macro on the toolbar.
                        Please bring this functionality back.

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                        • Re-enable key features from the Test Results window

                          I can load a TRX into the Test Results window in VS2012, but I can't do anything with those tests. Run, debug, and open are all disabled. WHY would this window be available and not be allowed to run tests the way we did in 2010?

                          We run 15,000+ tests nightly against our products and the lack of these features is keeping our QA team from moving to 2012. Update 2 did not address these issues. Personally, I'm not a fan of the Text Explorer, no matter how good you say it is because it doesn't fit OUR needs.

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                          • Search for files in Solution from Quick Launch

                            Please add an option to search for files (actually the filename) in the current solution, from Quick Launch.
                            I keep Solution Explorer closed most of the time, and I really enjoyed opening a file form the search box via ">of Filename".

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                            • Add in-code markup for hiding of classes or members from Intellisense in unmanaged C++

                              For managed C++ (and other .NET languages), there has existed for some time a syntax to selectively hide classes, or members within classes, from Intellisense:

                              [EditorBrowsable(EditorBrowsableState.Never)]

                              There is no equivalent mechanism for unmanaged C++.

                              I work a lot with unmanaged C++, and am VERY frustrated that I cannot present the users of my code with a clean interface (i.e. 'showing' them only those aspects that are stable and deliberately intended for invoking/overriding, while hiding anything that is considered implementation-internal and/or subject to arbitrary revision in the future.)

                              This could be very easily resolved by a couple of small tweaks to…

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                              • Retry connecting to the server on VS startup

                                Suppose you need to connect to a VPN to access your TFS server. Now what happens when you start the Visual Studio with a solution residing on that TFS server? Well, in 9 out of 10 attempts, VS tries to connect, fails and informs you that it could not connect and is therefore going offline. So you click off the dialog (there's nothing you could do with it anyway), connect the VPN, spend two minutes looking for one gray icon among a hundred of other gray icons in the washed down mess that's current Visual Studio, click, wait for the…

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                                • multiple tab selection using "shift" and "control" like multiple file selection in Windows

                                  multiple tab selection using "shift" and "control" like multiple file selection in Windows
                                  Goolge Chrome has this feature
                                  you can try it there!

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                                  • Code Highlight and\Or List Member Access that belong to a particular Import\Using Namespace

                                    Code complexity, legacy or not, is a very common issue in todays development world.

                                    Adding IDE features/efficiencies will allow for better understanding of current code and its complexity level.

                                    The idea is to add a feature in the IDE that would allow a developer to highlight a namespace (e.g. System.Collections.ObjectModel) and the IDE will highlight and/or list box results the code that access members in that namespace.

                                    - The List Box Results could be used for reporting and code reviews
                                    - The Highlighting makes it easier to see which code access the ns.

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                                    • Allow Floating windows to be grouped

                                      Being able to drag windows onto a split screen separate from the source windows hosted on the main IDE has improved developer productivity. However, it becomes troublesome when you have more than one source window on the split screen since it does not cater for docking of the floating screens into another tabbed MDI structure. It would be nice to be able to have tabbed MDIs on both screens to make navigation easier.

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                                      • Provide a Visual Studio Express for ARM based tablets like Surface RT

                                        I was the proud owner of a Microsoft Surface RT and many times I had an Idea I had to first write it down and test it at home when I had my Surface RT with me in the train or in the plane.

                                        I think there is a big thing missing in the whole RT tablets Idea and that is an IDE to allow developers to develop application for their beloved tablet or phone.

                                        Let's have a Visual Studio Express version that can be deployed on Surface RT and the like and it can be restricted to developing Universal…

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                                        • Offer comparison for file recovery

                                          As VS has file comparison built in, this should be easy. The most annoying part of all the autorecovery systems throughout Microsoft products is that the user is asked if they want to recover a file but not provided with enough information to make such a decision. Is the recovered file older or newer? Smaller or larger? Most directly, what are the exact differences, line by line? I always have to track down the backup copy and use an external comparer...

                                          But in VS, it should be dead simple to offer users the option of first looking at a side-by-side…

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