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  1. 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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      0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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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      • Unify VS Express editions into a single product

        Why do we need separate express edition for single development goal? Unify them to single Express edition allowing Windows, Desktop, Web and Phone development.

        It is so bad that current Express edition even don't allow easy participation in MS Open Source initiative because plenty of solutions cannot be opened in single Express version - you need multiple versions opening the same solution to work on all projects. Simply great development experience …

        Different Express editions also contain different features. For example VS 2012 Express for Windows didn't contain support for T4 while other versions did.

        Add support for portable class…

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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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          • Build and Debug Android OS with Visual Studio and Android Emulator

            Ability to build and debug android OS with Visual Studio and new Android Emulator

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            • Trim the Entity Framework (edmx) designer window height when tables are changed or added

              With models that are modified frequently or repeatedly the designer's usable height keeps growing because the newly added table only adds to the last known designer window height. It is annoying because added tables show up way below and one needs to scroll out very far at times just to see the entire set of model tables. The issue is magnified when having to drag the just-added tables back up to the rest of the model at the top. This is just terrible UX.

              If you are going to black box to height determination (it appears to happen in VS…

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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 XML documentation to be embedded into assemblies

                    At the moment, XML documentation is generated alongside an assembly as a separate .xml file. When distributing, care must be taken to keep both files together.

                    It would be nice if we could somehow embed the XML file directly into the assembly as a resource, ensuring that the documentation and assembly can never be separated.

                    This would increase the size of the assembly, but a) in many situations ease of distribution is a greater concern than size, and b) we can always distribute a second version of our assembly with the documentation removed (i.e. include docs in 'debug' builds but…

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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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                      • 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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                        • Stack Size - WebDev.WebServer40 Default or a option in

                          Hi,

                          Today, the default size for thread stack in WebDev.WebServer40 (old cassini) is 100000. And the default size in w3wp is 40000. In this situation, we have some cases of stackoverflow in production that we don't have in development. Can you change de default in WebDev.WebServer40 to be the same that we have in production ?

                          Maybe, a new option in web.config to change this behavior

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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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                            • php

                              Add full integrated of PHP language without third party and be free.

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                              • Decrease menu height, or only visible with ALT key

                                Please put the menu in the top bar as in the attached screenshot or make it only visible when the ALT key is pressed. As example, please see Firefox 12. It uses minimum height for the menu and the top level menu (file, edit etc.) is only visible when alt is pressed. it is also a setting so, if users want it permanently visible then can check a box.

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                                • Add NotImplementedException to the task list

                                  Anytime a NotImplementedException is created in user code add an item to the task list to help the programmer remember to fill in the method.

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                                  • Code analysis rule CA1704 should pickup the developers locale.

                                    Code analysis rule CA1704 keeps telling me to correct the spelling of variable names. This is because I am from the UK and use the en-GB spelling and grammar rules for my country whereas code analysis checks the spelling using en-US spelling and grammar. This is most annoying! Please allow it to use my currently selected locale when performing these checks.

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                                    • VBA Editor

                                      I'm going through large amounts of legacy VBA in a really bad IDE. I'd really like to be able to use copy and paste the VBA code into a Visual Studio 2013 project so I can go through the code much easier. While I wouldn't be able to run the code, I'd like to be able to searching through the text and ability to refactor the code would really nice, especially considering that there is probably a lot of VBA code that could be refactored. I'm currently pasting VBA code into a VB Module but it's not the same and…

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                                      • Revert back to Upper casing for Menu bar in final release of VS 2015

                                        Hey Microsoft why don't you guys keep the menu bar in all caps because menu bar in VS 2015 preview is looking so ugly we want the same menu bar as in VS 2013.

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                                        • WPF Split view - multi screen

                                          When I write XAML code to create a view I can only split the design window two ways - verticaly or horizontaly.
                                          But many developers are using more than one screen and I think it would be very nice to be able to split this WPF designer into 2 windows.
                                          So on one screen developer will see just the design window and on the other screen will be the XAML editor with file related to this design view.

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