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  1. 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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              • Light Version of Visual Studio

                The best way to describe it is the Blog from http://elegantcode.com/2012/11/30/visual-studio-light-edition/

                Make a Light Version of Visual Studio, that's below 1GB.
                Free from the most extensions and useless Background Tasks.

                Perfect for small Storage Devices. It will offer possibilities to show Customers Projects in a simpler way and make development on travel easier.

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                • Allow multiple selected folders to be cloacked in the Source Control Explorer

                  Currently, you can cloak a single folder at a time in the Source Control Explorer (right click, Advanced -> Cloak). It would be nice to be able to cloak several folders at once.

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                  • Batch build should support selecting solution configurations

                    In 280+ projects solution I want to batch build the release and the debug version/ In present batch build mode I have to select 280*2 = 560 projects!

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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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                      • Allow the Default Zoom Level to be Overridden

                        My idea is to allow the default zoom level for the code view to be set in the IDE's preference dialog.

                        It's not a deal-breaker, but it become somewhat tiresome setting the zoom every time a file is opened.

                        Another option is to allow it to be set for the current project only.

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                        • Add "spotlight" to customize toolbar add command.

                          Ypu have added spotlight to solution explorer. You have got it for finding all keyboard commands. You forgot to add this must have service to adding a command to a toolbar. This becomes very annoying.

                          When you have hundreds of lines, spotlight is required for any 21st century software.

                          Add it to the list of colorable parts of text. That list is huge too.

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                            • Robust SOA Support

                              Currently, the IDE's support for service references is geared more toward attaching to existing services which are already hosted somewhere. But during development of a SOA, dependent services aren't yet hosted anywhere. It would be nice if, for instance, an MVC web application can choose WCF service projects in the same solution as service references, and have all the "config" stuff we do today be accessible from some editor in the context menu of the reference node itself (which could work by simply copying it to/from the appropriate Web.config file). This way, if I were to launch the MVC web…

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                              • Extend the Code-Folding ability of the IDE to the horizontal axis as well.

                                If you extended the Code-Folding ability to the horizontal axis as well, you fold on ( ) [ ] { } and maybe < > </ > for XML Literals.

                                Also extend to include, the Conditional Expression. (Note: [+] & [-] are representing the colwfold glyphs.
                                [+] IF myCondition Then
                                [-]Else
                                Rem ' Some Code Here]
                                End If
                                [-]If Cond Then
                                [-]ElseIf
                                [-][Else
                                End If

                                Or let the user arbitrarily highlight a block of code, to be folded.

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                                • I suggest you to at least make a Visual Studio that some what more User-Friendly, or a other software program. Kind regards, Micheal Myers

                                  Many new programmers get confused while using VS, some do not even have the time to learn the usages of VS, then they basically give up. When programmers "give up", a program is not made, just one program can help a computer and much more. By them giving up, meaning someone can not benefit from that program they could of invented or improve.

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                                  • Add support for expanded context menu items.

                                    Context menus in Visual Studio are cluttered with a lot of unused items. I suggest that, similar to a lot of places in Windows, expanded context menu support be added to Visual Studio so that the context menu is simplified with most used items in the right click context menu. Then if you need to do an advanced command, shift+right click will give you the additional options. The ability to modify which items show up in the expanded menu and standard menu would be an added plus!

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                                    • Add intellisence for xsd:keyref

                                      xsd:key - xsd:keyref pair create a check that each value in the field makred as keyref is one of the values marked as key. VS is already smart enough to check that, why don't you offer the list of all possible values in intellisence?

                                      People do ask for it (http://stackoverflow.com/questions/9638789/xsd-key-keyref-intellisense-validation-support-in-visual-studio-2010/13276790)

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                                      • Provide us with Xbox One Version of VS Express

                                        It would be awesome if we could start creating apps and games for Xbox One store before the hardware comes out. Perhaps we could make it work with current Kinect and Xbox 360 controllers on our windows 8 hardware??

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                                        • Switch button in "Find and Replace" dialog box

                                          Visual studio (and also SQL Management) "Find and Replace" dialog box could have button what switches values in "Find what" and "Replace with" fields.

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