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  1. 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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                    • 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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                        • 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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                                • 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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                                  • Embed console applications on VS IDE

                                    When debugging a console app, VS opens a console window. This breaks the workflow as the console always pops in the most inconvenient place and switching windows back and forth can become really annoying.

                                    Other IDEs (e.g. Eclipse) include a built in console window embedded in the IDE itself (it prints STDOUT, STDERR and reads STDIN). This is really helpful as you can see the output of the program and the debugger+code+breakpoints+data at the same time and on the same window.

                                    It would be nice to have a built-in console on VS for console applications. Especially if it is searchable…

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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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                                      • 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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                                        • group digits in Numbers shown by the debugger

                                          it would be helpful if Numbers shown by the debugger (for example in the "Locals" Window or the Window that pops up when hovering over a variable Name) would be displayed with grouped digits.

                                          if this is too narrow you could go for general custom formatting of said numbers.

                                          This would be useful even just as a global IDE wide setting without overrides scoped to type or function.

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