When pair programming two programmers want to work on the same file(s) real time. To do this the first user can invite a team member to join the same project from an other computer. All changes the users make are shown on both computers.
This will deliver the feature faster when working on trivial parts of the implementation. For less trivial parts they can work behind one monitor. This feature can also be used to do tutoring or code in code reviews from remote.22 votes
Most of the time the status bar doesn't show any useful information. Could the status bar be auto-hidden like in browsers?22 votes
When clicking Update All Packages within Nuget Package Manager, the update dialog window locks up while the packages are being installed.
If there are many packages being updated, the IDE does not respond while packages are being installed.
This can be easily simulated by attempting to update three or more packages using nugget package manager.22 votes
Baking the VS Version number, especially when it's functionally insignificant like between Updates & CTPs of the same VS edition, causes nothing but headaches for teams with SCC.
Please stop doing this. If the schema of the SLN file changes in a way that's significant, use schema versioning or naming to handle it instead of baking the software version that last touched it in to the file.22 votes
Compile entries within <ItemGroup>s within the csproj file should be sorted in a consistent order.
As described in http://stackoverflow.com/questions/20563017/sorted-order-of-files-in-csproj, maintaining a consistent sorted order of <Compile> entries would mainly benefit the resolution of merge conflicts.
It would always be clear where a file belongs, and simply changing order (e.g. Remove a file from project, re-include the file) would not lead to visible changes in a diff.21 votes
When I open a large solution which have many toolboxed items (a WF4 based solution for ex.), Studio shows Toolbox Menu items in expanded state at default. If I have quite many namespaces, this is a pain to collapse'em all by hand every times when the solution opens.21 votes
Git subtrees are a popular way of including code from a remote repo into a project repo. They have advantages over git submodules.
Visual Studio's git features need to support adding and managing push, pull and merges from subtrees.
The only way to use git subtrees presently is from the command line :
Add a subtree (as a remote)
git remote add shared ssh://email@example.com/xyz/shared.git
git subtree add --prefix=path/to/code --squash shared master
Pulling upstream changes
git subtree pull --prefix=path/to/code --squash shared master
Pushing changes to the upstream repository
git subtree push --prefix=path/to/code --squash shared master21 votes
When saving RESX files from the Resource Editor, generate the XML in alphabetical order, sorted by the resource Name. This reduces the chances of version-control conflicts if multiple developers are adding to/editing the same resource file.21 votes
The Synchronize settings feature of vs2013 is great, but it is still a bit slow/difficult to switch user. When we pair program it would be very usefull if we easily could swith keyboard settings etc whenever we switch keyboard.20 votes
In VS Find and Replace > Replace in Files seems to repeatedly search skipped matches before finding new matches.
I end up skipping through more and more previously searched files and skipped matches, just to find new matches. The Skip File option doesn't seem to help.
Fix the Replace in Files feature so that it cycles through all files before returning to skipped matches.
Search in files only supports two windows for search results. Old results are permanently discarded and new results are displayed in one of the two windows.
Add support for multiple search result windows.20 votes
Every time we add new project to the Solution, VS is including new project for build in all active solution configurations. After that, we have to uncheck that project for most active configurations because we don't want to build it. Can you provide option:
"Do not include new projects in build for active solution configurations "20 votes
"Elastic tabstops" is an ingenious idea that has existed for ages. This idea improves tabstops to maintain vertical alignment:
- if one line is made longer or shorter
- regardless of the tabstop width setting
- with non-monospace fonts (which some people use for coding, yes)
There is a detailed demo at http://nickgravgaard.com/elastictabstops/ - do check this out.20 votes
In the Error List window of VS when clicking on any error line the "Copy" from context menu, the VS pastes in the clipboard the line with format:
"Category Default Order Description File and etc". But many time only Description is needed.
Would be useful to add extra copy menu items that copies only specific column from the line.
To add "Copy Columns" menu item that lists all columns it the same way as "Show Columns", where an user can check what columns to copy in the clipboard20 votes
Group or "super tabs" in the VS IDE so that the designer surface and code editor are always together
I know that you have F7 and SHIFT+F7 to toggle between designer surface and code behind in a web forms webpage or a windows/wpf form, I would like to see the option of a single tab in the IDE for these two views combined and two tabs within that container (one for the designer surface and one for the code). That way, the two can always be kept together which would be useful when navigating the mouse, i.e. reflect the hierarchy visualised in the Solutions explorer on the tabs of opened solution elements.20 votes
Ctrl-Shift-V is awesome for the clipboard ring, but when you pass the item you are after, you have to go all the way back round.20 votes
When I modify my toolbar to add a frequently used command (Find next/previous are always my first choices) I normally would like to show an image instead of text.19 votes
Instead of the tool windows "Find Results 1" and "Find Results 2", I'd find a search like Notepad++ much more usefull: just keep track of past searches behind an expandable [+]19 votes
I find it a bit cumbersome to look through the list of pending changes and do a "Compare with unmodified" for all files in the list. An option to "quick view" changes to a file would be a great time saver!
I think this would work great for Git repositories. It would also be a nice feature for "Compare with Latest Version" for TFS hosted projects.19 votes
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