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  1. 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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        • Enable Auto Recover option in VS2010 Isolated Shell

          In VS2008 Isolated Shell, the auto recover option is available. However, in VS2010 the auto recover is disabled (greyed out). Can you please re-enable this IDE feature for the Isolated Shell?

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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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            • 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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                      • 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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                        • 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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