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  1. Remove all refactoring functions and let ReSharper do them right

    Whenever a new VisualStudio comes out I try to use it without Resharper. But it's always/still missing so many things or they aren't as comfortable to use as in Resharper. I recommend you simply remove all duplicate functionality and let Resharper do them right.

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      2 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add win32 resource (rc) editor to express edition of Visual Studio

      That would be great, because users still can develop atl / mfc applications using express editions (not officially), also there is WTL, which requires these.

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      • Include Web Performance Test in Visual Studio Premium edition

        Provide Web Performance and Load Tests with Visual Studio Premium edition. Since most Application Development Microsoft Partners are eligible for Visual Studio Premium edition, but not Ultimate edition, it is unfair to exclude the ability to create web performance and load tests for development teams that are creating products on the Microsoft platform since all well-written products should be able to determine whether their products can handle sufficient load and are scalable.

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        • Add the option to collapse try-catch blocks

          Sometimes, adding many try-catch blocks to the code makes it harder to follow the main idea of the application. I believe that adding some ellipsis notation (similar to the notation used when a function is collapsed) to the try-catch block could help make the code more readable.
          I just think that it would be great if I could read my code with no exception handling at all. If I wanted to read the exception handling code, I could always expand the specific section of code.

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          • Add "View Namespaces" option to Class View

            Class View currently lists projects as the top-level organization, then organizes by namespace.

            Add a "View Namespaces" option, which would instead make namespaces the top-level organization. This way solutions spanning multiple assemblies could be navigated logically by namespace.

            Object Browser already has this ability, but it is a full window experience and includes types in referenced assemblies. Class View serves a different use case, and "View Namespaces" enhances that experience.

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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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              • When Visual Studio is compiling, show the progress in the task bar.

                When Visual Studio is compiling, show the progress (or at least Indeterminate progress) in the task bar, so if I work with another software in th mean time, I can no when the build is finished.

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                • Change the "build" color of the status bar from blue to another, more distinct, color.

                  The differences in blue between the Ready status color and the Building status color on the status bar are so subtle that you don't notice the change. As I am developing, when I compile, it is difficult simply by looking at the color to determine if it is the "build blue" status color or the "ready blue" status color.

                  Even better, make the colors user-configurable :)

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                  • Searching in Properties Window

                    It would be very helpful to place a search (filter) box on the top of properties window.
                    Like on the top of solution explorer.

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                    • Improve the outlining options.

                      Allow to check what I want to collapse, e.g. only comments, or everything except them, etc.

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                      • Make every dialog window sizeable

                        Having windows not being sizeable has been something that has been annoying for many years. It's like looking through a straw when it would be better to just be able to stretch the window (and the appropriate and most useful text boxes and list boxes). This would make life much easier, and surely it would be an easy change to implement.

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                        • Either remove or allow user to adjust the .NET filter to Add Reference dialog.

                          Visual Studio 2010 when the build is against .NET Framework 4.0 doesn't allow you to add .NET Framework 3.5 references without having to first change the project and then change it back. The filter should be editable. Please fix this in a service pack. It is highly frustrating. I would regard this as a bug not simply a change request. We have many .NET components that are 2.0 &3.5. Rebuilding isn't always an option as it might require a verification cycle that is very time consuming. I have actually gone back to VS 2008 to create projects because it is…

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                          • Popup confirm dialog on folder drag/drop in solution explorer

                            Right now you can accidentally gimp a project by dragging a folder somewhere it shouldnt go; often without knowing.

                            It would be nice to have a popup confirm move dialog box so I could prevent the action from happening.

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                            • Give the option to edit a project file if it fails to load.

                              Sometimes a project file has an invalid reference or can not find a referenced file or project. Instead of needing to open Notepad++ to edit the project file, it would be great if VS would offer you the option to open the project file if it failed to load.

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                              • Add "Copy Value" option to the Watch window, much in the way that the tooltip watch has "Copy Expression".

                                For the last X versions of VS, to copy a watch value, I have to select Copy, and then paste the value (which is a combination of name, value, and type) into Notepad, and then from there, I copy the value I want to use elsewhere. The watch tooltip, on the otherhand, makes this process much more streamlined by providing "Copy Expression". Putting this into the Watch window proper will help quite a bit (especially since the tooltip tends to disappear if you move the mouse pointer too far as well as the fact that it is not always available)

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                                • Resource Editor: Browse for existing files in a useful location

                                  In the resource (resx) editor, choosing Add Resource > Add existing file... always opens a file browser in c:\Windows\System32.

                                  It should have a preference option to set the default folder (or at least default to the configured "projects" path) and then remember the last folder you browsed to, so that you can return here multiple times to add many resources during a day of work without having to browse away from the middle of nowhere every time.

                                  This is a bug in 2008, 2010 and 2012, so it's nice we now have a way of reporting it and maybe getting…

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                                  • Hide project references in add reference dialogue box that have already been added to a project

                                    Hide project references in add refence dialogue box that have already been added to a project (or grey them out to show they've already been added).

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                                    • Make the window bar stand out a bit more (different color than the rest of the window)

                                      Make the window bar stand out a bit more (different color than the rest of the window)

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                                      • Please PUT the ASP.NET Website Administration Tool Back

                                        Please PUT the ASP.NET Website Administration Tool Back
                                        or give us another way of getting to it, which doesn't take half a day

                                        http://blogs.msdn.com/b/webdev/archive/2013/08/19/asp-net-web-configuration-tool-missing-in-visual-studio-2013.aspx?PageIndex=2&wa=wsignin1.0#comments

                                        Does not work, and I don't have all day, after spending hours doing wonderfull stuff with WebApi i'm now stuckm until I jump thru hoops

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                                        • Make the Solution Property Pages dialog resizable and searchable

                                          Similar to what has been done to the Options dialog in 2013, it would be nice to allow the Solution Property Pages dialog (the one that appears when you choose Project | Set Startup Projects)

                                          For areas within this dialog that have lists that can be quite long, add an incremental search feature

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