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  1. 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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      • 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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                    2 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 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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                      1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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

                            6 votes
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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.

                              6 votes
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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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                                • Add option to MIDL compiler to suppress output noise

                                  When compiling an IDL file, there's far too much uninteresting output written. Each imported/included file is output, e.g.:

                                  Processing C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.0\Include\um\oaidl.idl
                                  oaidl.idl

                                  It' analogous to turning on the c/c++ compiler option "Show Includes" - not very useful most of the time.

                                  Ideally, by default, the output would simply contain the name of the idl file processed in the project - just like the c++ compiler.

                                  Also, why does it generate a warning when you override an option? We have /W0 turned on which generates a warning (ironic):

                                  2>midl : command line warning MIDL1015: /W0 or /no_warn overrides warning-level…

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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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                                        • Include color theme setting in window layout switching

                                          I love the new idea where we can change the window layout depending on what computer we are using VS. Whenever I take my coding on the road I must switch to the light theme due to the cursor being nearly invisible through remote desktop.

                                          Please consider adding the ability to include the color theme when saving a window layout.

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