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  1. Tool to Flag/Remove Unused and Unreferenced Assemblies from Project

    Visual Studio 2013 templates install a large number of assemblies along with their references. This is fine except that many end up unused.

    Side-by-side assemblies are a fine idea, but we'll need a way to clean up the clutter and save resources.

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    • Add support for regular expressions in Solution Explorer's search

      Add ability to search at least simple expressions with . + *.

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      • Exclude an entire folder/files when publishing a web site

        In my project I have a lot of SASS/LESS/COFFEE files that should not be published to my production web server. It would be great if I could specify (at least in my Publish Profile .pubxml file) what folders (or even files) should be excluded from publishing. Adding a wildcard support would be a plus, for example if someone wants to exclude all *.scss/*.less/*.coffee/*.txt files from the build.

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        • Make Solution Explorer remember its new view

          In VS2012 it is possible to create New Solution Explorer View which allows developer to have a separate solution explorer view showing only one project or only one folder. This is great when you open several separate sub-windows in IDE and arrange different files to different sub-windows and also you can dock your new solution explorer views to your sub-windows. The problem is that your new solution explorer view is not remembered when you close IDE. On the next startup you'll get your sub-windows but not your solution explorer views.

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          • Visual studio editor collapse or expand conditional branching as (if) and iterations

            In visual studio the editor allows collapse or expand the methods and summary, its gonna be good that you add this functionality, I mean also collapse or expand the conditional branching as (if) and iterations as while, foreach, etc.. This will allow greater clarity when you are working, for example, with legacy code or refactoring code.

            Maybe it will be configurable in the display section of the menu options.

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            • Bring 'Detach All' option beside 'STOP' option in Visual Studio 2013 IDE - Web Development

              Visual Studio 2013 IDE as well as editor is way better than 2012. Even the default bootstrap theme

              is awesome. I personally feel that MVC project execution (time took to open browser) is also

              faster than before.

              I would love if you bring 'Detach All' option beside 'STOP' option. As a web developer in 2012 IDE

              we had this option to stop the execution without terminating 'IIS Express' execution, specially

              while browsing in Chrome. I know we can use 'Detach All' (next time just Debug and refresh browser

              window) and it will not terminate 'IIS Express'. So, in addition with…

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              • Add "recent folders" in the Add Reference dialog

                Include in a separate tab in the Add reference dialog the list of folders that have been recently browsed (also, remember tab selection and last selected folder)

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                • Track the active item with an alternate highlight

                  I appreciate that there now is an Sync with Active Document button in the Solution Explorer (Dev11/VS2012). But that is still a manual task and if corrupts workflow.

                  I can not work with the 'Track active item in the Solution Explorer' set to on as when navigating different files it just jumps around to much.

                  So why not use a lesser highlight (e.g. just use another font color) to highlight the active item, and use the standard highlight for the current selection on the Solution Explorer.

                  One peculiarity in my VS setup/layout is that (as most devs I guess) I…

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                  • More user friendly property pages

                    1) The property pages provide a large set of macros ($(...), %(...)).
                    For example '$(OutDir)$(TargetName)$(TargetExt)'.
                    Unfortunately there is no way to see the expanded text.
                    2) It would be fine to see the expanded text in a tool tip or to have a context menu item that allows switching between expanded/symbolic views.
                    3) Paths should be checked for plausibility/existence. Especially when using relative paths (e.g. ..\..\lib). It is not always clear what is the current directory.
                    4) It should be possible to convert an absolute path to a relative path.
                    5) It should be possible to navigate to a compiler…

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                    • Enable pan and scan interface for visual studio 11 fullscreen mode to increase productivity and reduce horrizontal scrollbars

                      In Windows XP, one could set the resolution to something higher than what the monitor supports. This created a virtual extended screen and the user could pan around the screen to view more items with the mouse cursor. Under Visual Studio 2010 one could thus achieve such an effect on XP.However VS 11 does not support XP and neither Windows 7 nor 8 support screen panning.

                      I find that screen panning is a good and more convenient solution than dual monitors and can vastly enhance productivity compared to horizontal scroll bars. To suit different users an option to configure the…

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                        • No longer force the IIS path to change when a user opens a new web project. It should be like it was in VS 2010.

                          In Visual Studio 2010, when a developer opened a new project that was mapped to a different URL than what is set in IIS, the developer would see a message asking if the IDE should change the IIS settings to match the project. In 2012, the IDE simply changes IIS without asking. This causes a tremendous amount of extra work for developers who are simply trying to compare two branches of a project. It should revert back to the way it was in VS 2010.

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                          • Do NOT remove ALL CAPS in MENU

                            I think its an excellent idea to put the ALL CAPS in the MENU. It differentiates between the "building blocks" of Visual Studio as a whole. I find that its also easier to locate that MENU that you we're looking for. I think you need to give it a try and see how users experience this feature (or maybe have it optional!).

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                            • Bring back colors and contrast. It is hard to see : which tab belongs to the open document, save file toolbutton, etc, etc

                              Bring back colors and contrast. It is hard to see : which tab belongs to the open document, save file toolbutton, etc, etc

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                              • INSTEAD OF UNISTALLING LANGUAGES VB, C#, C++, ETC...

                                INSTEAD OF REMOVING THE PROJECTS , WHY NOT DISABLE THEM OR ONLY DISABLE PROJECTS THAT USER WANTS TO DISABLE MANUALLY.

                                C# , VB , C++, ETC PROJECTS SHOULD BE DISABLED|ENABLED BY THE USER INSTEAD OF REMOVING THEM COMPLETELY.

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                                  • Bring back the old "Pending Changes" window

                                    No, not this one: https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/2654486-vs11-bring-back-the-old-pending-changes-window

                                    I want a commit message box, flat list of files with checkboxes, dockable to the bottom of VS and nice looking with full color. I don't need any of the other features you added at this point. Commit message box and a flat list of files with checkboxes. Look in VS 2010 for implementation. I want THAT.

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                                    • I suggest improve the Visual Studio 2012 design

                                      I suggest improve the Visual Studio 2012 design.

                                      The design of Visual Studio 2010 was great, you can continue with it or make some changes.

                                      Visual Studio without colors is so unclear, and uncomfortable to work with.

                                      I suggest to give Visual Studio 2012 default colors.

                                      Thank you,
                                      Rafael Millis

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                                      • Persist pinned state for Test Explorer, Error List and Output in center dock location

                                        When the following IDE views Error List, Output, and Test Explorer are docked on the edges of the IDE they will persist the pinned state the next time the IDE is opened. When the IDE views are pinned to the center/main editor dock location they will not persist the pinned state the next time the IDE is opened.

                                        The IDE views do keep the pinned state if an existing IDE is open with their state and new IDE instances are loaded. They will open with the pinned state set. But if all IDE instances are closed and the state will…

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                                        • VS should have both environment i.e. user can have multiple projects in single solution or user can have only one project in single solution

                                          Visual studio can support multiple projects in single solution. It can be done through many ways like 'Add new Project', 'Open Solution' options or through Project Template.

                                          I have disable all the options except Project Template. When one project is loaded and we are going to create a new project then we can support multiple projects through template (Through 'Solution' option Combo box)

                                          So my request is VS should have both environment i.e. user can have multiple projects in single solution or user can have only one project in single solution.

                                          Please think on this issue.

                                          Thanks.

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