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  1. Remove the default QuickInfo popups when hovering over code, or create an option to disable

    VS2015 includes a highly irritating "feature": when I mouse over any bit of code, it shows the type and name of the parameter again in a popup window.

    For example, I have a method with a "string firstName" parameter. If I mouse over it, it pops up a window "helpfully" telling me that I have a parameter called firstname... and its type is string!

    This means that moving the mouse around anywhere on a code file creates literally dozens of annoying popups that add no information at all.

    Please provide a checkbox in the options menu to disable this "feature".

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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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                • Make multi-monitor support even smarter

                  The current support for multi-monitor is great, and is getting even better in the new CTP for Visual Studio 14. However, there's still something preventing me from using it.

                  When I'm on the go, or I arrive at work, I have a different screen setup compared to home. However, Visual Studio is all scrambled around because of this, and some windows are even missing because they are positioned outside of my screen.

                  This makes the multi-monitor support kind of useless to me. It would be perfect if Visual Studio memorized which screens were connected, and associated the window layout to…

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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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                    • Add the path macros to Command Tool Window

                      Make the path macros that are available for Build Commands and Properties like $(SolutionDir) and $(ProjectDir) available in the Command Tool Window, specifically with support for the Shell command.

                      Full original question from Stack Overflow here: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/16990493/are-visual-studio-macros-available-in-the-command-tool-window

                      Command Tool Window - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/c338aexd.aspx

                      Macros for Build Commands and Properties - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/c02as0cs.aspx

                      Arguments for External Tools - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ekbzk5f8%28v=vs.110%29.aspx

                      Shell Command - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/0xca6kdd%28v=vs.110%29.aspx

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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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                        • Give "Build current project" a sensible shortcut key.

                          This is one of my most-used custom key bindings. I build the current project all the time; I could use Ctrl+Shift+B, but that rebuilds all projects whether they need it or not. I almost always need only the current project (and its dependencies) to be built, and then only as needed. Building the current project is much faster than any other alternative.

                          I'd make Ctrl+B the key for this. Very few use bookmarks enough for that shortcut key to be useful.

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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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                              • Don't use IE exclusively as the internal browser, but instead use the OS configured default browser

                                I can't use VS anymore because my organization blocks IE. We can't access anything externally with IE except for approved exceptional situations. They don't block Chrome and FireFox. Visual Studio 2015 (and also earlier versions) appear to use IE internally to sign in to VSO, display help, download packages, etc. Third party extensions such as Telerik's AppStudio do the same (probably by default). I can't figure out a way to change this default behavior.

                                Whenever I try to access anything from IE, I can see the HTTP traffic in Wireshark. Lot's of "M-SEARCH"s and "GET"s. Eventually, it fails with "HTTP/X.X…

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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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                                  • Remove Visual Basic from Visual Studio 2013

                                    I love VS.NET but I never write code in Visual Basic. I always write code in C#.

                                    VS.NET 2013 does not allow anyone to un-install visual basic from vs.net

                                    older versions of vs.net did used to allow people to be able to pick the languages. but vs.net always installs the visual basic.

                                    please allow me to remove visual basic from vs.net

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                                    • Please add data diagram (UML) viewer/editor to VS2013+ integrated SSDT

                                      The one important thing that the SQL Server Data Tools is missing is a visual db diagram designer/viewer. I liked the reverse engineering feature of Visio but it has been removed from the base version. It does make sense that all types of development should be done in VS IDE, so I'm happy that SSDT is now integrated with it. But it's missing that one feature that all db designers love. Please consider adding a UML viewer/editor for the data model like you once had in Visio. I don't like the one in SSMS, it's clunky, doesn't have a good…

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                                      • Visual Studio 2015 PRO without MSDN

                                        Currently I have Visual Studio 2013 PRO without MSDN. I have had MSDN in the past but it is not part of my budget to get it again. I don't see from your list of VS products where you are going to continue having this version, I am asking that you continue to have Visual Studio PRO without MSDN. It is my impression I can't use the community version for business product so it is useless to me unless I am misunderstanding "non-enterprise applications". It seems you are forcing small companies into MSDN.

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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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