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  1. Add Codelens option to DEBUG unit tests

    I frequently use CodeLens to execute tests affecting a method, however I have noticed that I only have options to "Run" or "Run All", there's no "Debug" - to do this I have to go to at least one of the tests, then choose "Debug Test" manually. It'd be awesome to have this as part of the CodeLens miniwindow.

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    • Run checkout through a separate thread so Visual Studio does not lock up

      Visual Studio automatically checks a file out of TFS when you start editing. While Visual Studio is communicating with TFS to check the file out, the IDE becomes unresponsive. This is frustrating when you're connected to your network via VPN and it takes a couple of seconds to check a file out.

      Instead a file checkout should happen in a background thread allowing you to work without interruption.

      Waiting for the file to checkout is annoying for those coming from a SVN background. This might help a easier transition for development houses looking for the benefits of TFS but enjoy…

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      • Apply button to the Tools/Options dialog

        It should be possible to run "Apply" directly from the Options dialog to see the changes being applied. It's unproductive having to go back and forth between the dialog to see changes being applied to the IDE.

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        • I suggest that the error window presents errors in the order they appear in the build log.

          The error window is useless for c++ developers. The sorting options don't allow me to see the first error encountered by the compiler which is often causing many of the rest of errors I'm seeing.

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          • Don't steal the focus

            In many situations VS needlessly moves the cursor away from the current location or even deselects selections when changing views..
            Ex:
            - in code windows when switching between editing and debugging
            - In solution explorer when switching between editing and debugging

            Please optimize the UI so that the current cursor location and selection stay visible and do not move when changing views (whenever possible).

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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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              • Make the refactor preview reference changes dialog remember its size and have a better default size

                The refactor preview window default size is too small to be much use, and although it's resizable it doesn't remember its size, which means you have to resize it each time you use it. :(

                https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/795251/refactor-preview-reference-changes-dialog-needs-to-remember-its-size-and-have-a-better-default-size

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                • Better tab switching

                  (Submit on behalf of: Immad Naseer)
                  A majority of the time, I know the name of the file I want to switch to and I wasn't able to find a way to quickly switch to it. Alt tabbing to the file can take a long time. The other alternative could be to bring up the "Windows" dialog (Alt + W, W) and type the name of the file over there. While this is better than just alt tabbing, it does an exact match and forces me to type the file name from the start.
                  A "fuzzy" match where I can…

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                  • add razor cshtml preview, like aspx preview

                    aspx pages can be splitted so you get a preview of the rendering

                    Why not cshtml pages ?

                    The aspx preview is buggy, but it does not matter. The preview is a good way to see if something is wrong with code integration.

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                    • Add my custom drawing to code section as part of comment because drawings can often be clearer and meaningful to the reader.

                      We often draw diagrams and boxes to explain complex ideas. If we can add a custom image as part of visual studio comments, I believe that it will dramatically help developers under new code and existing code in ways that they never have before. It will definitely help reader understand why code is written the way that it did.

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                        • Provide a Cancel option for Search All option.

                          I accidently did a search for "<" and had to wait for a while before the search complete and the system is back top operatable mode. If there is a easy to use option to cancel an existin gsearch that will be great or at least a confirmation dialog that pops up when found entries go above 1000 etc.

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                          • Allow renamed linked files in solution explorer

                            We can rename files in solution explorer, but not if they are add as link.

                            Renaming a file that has been linked, forces us to rename the file outside visual studio, then manually edit the project file to change it's name (or remove the "old" file from the project and add it again with the new name).

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                            • Combine and cleanup the 'View', 'View->Other Windows' and 'Debug->Windows' menus

                              The View menu window item order seems kind of arbitrary, as does the criteria by which something falls under 'Other Windows'. I've been using VS since 2001 and I still have no idea where I'm going to find the window I'm looking for. The list gets longer with more extensions and the new colorless icons makes it a little more aggravating in VS2012 than 2010.

                              It would be useful if you could merge the Debug->Windows menu into the View menu and categorize everything. So Entity-framework related windows would be in their own sub-menu. Debugging windows could be in their own…

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                              • Support folders with Add existing item as link

                                When I go to add an existing item to a project, I should be able to select a folder and have it add the entire hierarchy as a link. For projects where PCL just doesn't cut it, adding new platform projects or even just maintaining them is a nightmare. Automatic link extensions are nice, but do not cover the breadth of scenarios where linking files is required and is just outright painful.

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                                • Allow easier DependentUpon

                                  It would be great if we could easily make a file dependent upon another from the Solution Explorer. Using drag'n Drop maybe...

                                  Currently, one needs to unload the project and manually edit the project file to do it.

                                  Adding this kind of dependency is useful when creating resources (resx) for more than one culture for instance. Having the default culture at the root and the other cultures inside its node is clean and easier to work with.

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                                  • Like Windows and Office theme, allow developer to chose which theme he/she want to use instead of forcing developer to use metro theme

                                    Like Windows and Office application, allow developer to chose which theme he/she want to use in VS option screen instead of forcing developer to use metro themes

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                                    • Make a view on solution projects

                                      Let me choose which projects of solution should be displayed in solution explorer and in which order.

                                      It will help to navigate from project to project in big solutions.

                                      Other projects sholuld be built anyway on F5

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                                      • Generate RESX files in alphabetical order

                                        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.

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