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  1. Show count of selected characters

    In Visual Studio, at the bottom, there's "Ln" and "Col" to show the location of the cursor according to line and column.

    Add another bit of info in the same place, which shows how many characters are selected in the editor. Very useful when debugging.

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    • VSTA for Visual Studio 2013 please!!

      Release the Visual Studio Tool for Automation for VS2013!!

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      • Add class explorer-like to web.config see attached screenshot

        As all of us know, web.config evolve over years and versions with many options added to it, navigating inside web.config using find dialog and plus or minus left buttons are good, but it will be cool and productive, if you can add something like the attached screenshot when opening web.config, so we can quickly jump to specific part within the file, making the major parent nodes like connectionStrings etc.. on the upper left comboBox and the child nodes in the upper right one, Thanks, Appreciating VS team work :)

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        • Comment the class members references when a class member is commented

          Provide an option to comment the class member's (variables or methods) references when it is commented within a class. Something
          similar to the feature, when you rename a class an option to rename all its references.

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          • Create a Windows8 RT app for TFS for check out and checkin

            If I am on a WinRT machine (Surface), I would love to still be able to edit my code (even if I have to use notepad) and still be able to commit my code changes. I don't need my full Visual Studio since my build server can still compile and deploy for me.

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            • Code review extensions

              One should be able to do code review before and after check ins and this before and after should have a option to automate.

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              • Make the HTML designer more accurate like Expression Blend

                The current HTML designer is not capable of accurately displaying HTML content. Mostly once the HTML is viewed in other browsers but the end result also often is not what you see in IE.

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                • Change the XAP downloading screen

                  It would be helpfull if we hava a way to change the way that the "loading" screen is show. I'm talking about the initial screen, the one with the little blue ***** (sort of a progress bar) going back and forward in circle.
                  Im working with a Lightswitch app, and the XAP downloading screen display on the VS IDE.

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                    • Scheduled Todo list

                      Today we put a todo comment and it appears in the todo task list. Many times that "todo" comments is optional and many times it become mandatory after a given date.

                      The suggestion is to put a date with todo comment. e.g.
                      //todo: 28/March/2013 : Replace this hard coded value by the value that we pull from database.

                      When a compilation triggered in IDE(Visual Studio), all such todo comments whose date has expired should be shown as error. To fix it either user can
                      1> postpone the date or
                      2> remove the comment or
                      3> mark the todo as complete.…

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                      • Post-Publish Event

                        We need Post-Publish Events just like post-build events.
                        I woulid like to copy some stuff on my publish folder after publish.

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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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                          • 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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                            • Enable user/solution-wide pre/post-build script options

                              Currently you can configure a script to run before or after a project builds. I would like to be able to run one before and after the entire solution builds. This would ideally be enabled as both a per solution setting and a global one for a user.
                              The main reason I need it now is I want to display a full screen popup once my build completes so I know I need to get back to work after a long build completes (which can be quite long in C++ projects case). I can configure a sound to play on…

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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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                                • Display plugins/addons memory usage

                                  It's possible to see the memory usage of different add-ons in Firefox using `about:addons-memory` command. It would be great if we could have it in VS.NET too. Also having the `help menu -> restart with add-ons disabled` option would be handy (instead of using the command promept).

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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 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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                                        • 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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