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  1. 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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    • Exclude an entire folder/files when publishing a web site

      In my project I have a lot of SASS/LESS/COFFEE files that should not be published to my production web server. It would be great if I could specify (at least in my Publish Profile .pubxml file) what folders (or even files) should be excluded from publishing. Adding a wildcard support would be a plus, for example if someone wants to exclude all *.scss/*.less/*.coffee/*.txt files from the build.

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      • Make Solution Explorer remember its new view

        In VS2012 it is possible to create New Solution Explorer View which allows developer to have a separate solution explorer view showing only one project or only one folder. This is great when you open several separate sub-windows in IDE and arrange different files to different sub-windows and also you can dock your new solution explorer views to your sub-windows. The problem is that your new solution explorer view is not remembered when you close IDE. On the next startup you'll get your sub-windows but not your solution explorer views.

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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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              • Move Code coverage to Professional Edition

                Existing feature, would be great to have this available from Professional version.

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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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                      • 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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                        • Shift+Click a control in the toolbox to lock it and a new control is added for every click on the form.

                          As a former Borland Delphi developer, I miss a simpel function in the VS IDE.
                          In Delphi you are able to [Shift]+Click a control in the ToolBox and this control is now locked so that you can place several controls on the form, simply by clicking the form.

                          This makes it very easy to place a lot of similar controls, like labels or textboxes, on the form.
                          The control is released by clicking an arrow icon afterwards.

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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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                            • Add a Favorites Section in Source Control Explorer

                              Our team opens all projects from the Source Control Explorer. Currently, you have to drill down through the folder tree in order to get to the solution or project you want to open.

                              It would be wonderful to be able to add files, projects, or solutions to a "Favorites" panel right inside the Source Control Explorer.

                              Here's a mockup...

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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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                                  • Add "Go to Implementation Definition" for objects derived from interfaces or base classes

                                    Perhaps provide a selection box for the actual implementation to navigate to - sort of like how "Go to Definition" works with partial classes.

                                    This would be useful for interface driven designs where going to the interface definition is not desired but selecting one of the concrete implementations is.

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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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