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  1. Show the file size in the Properties window when files are selected in Solution Explorer

    It would be helpful to know how big (in bytes/kilobytes) each file is without having to go to Windows File Explorer, especially for asset files (images, stylesheets etc.).

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    • Create a search utility in VS SQL Explorer (be able to search in procedures, functions etc)

      It would be great to be able to search in procedures, functions etc.

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      • Make an option inside the Build Options "Clean obj folder" or make smarter assembly reference cache generation.

        The assembly reference cache generated in /obj is often casing nasty errors which consume a lot of time to find. Two possible solutions - fix the generation-update functionality or give an option to delete everything that VS generated. The problem is still there on VS 2013 Update 3. There are all kind of solutions on stackoverflow and serverfault which is proof that this is a unwanted side effect which the programmers experience.

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        • Make the Add Reference dialog searchable in real time

          I feel like this dialog is stuck in Windows 95 and is one of the most frustrating experiences in VS. Make the system assemblies tab searchable. This is a big hard-to-read unsorted list that is constantly updating underneath my cursor as I'm scrolling and it's always a hassle to find the right assemblies--let alone quickly. Add a search field that filters in real time.

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          • group digits in Numbers shown by the debugger

            it would be helpful if Numbers shown by the debugger (for example in the "Locals" Window or the Window that pops up when hovering over a variable Name) would be displayed with grouped digits.

            if this is too narrow you could go for general custom formatting of said numbers.

            This would be useful even just as a global IDE wide setting without overrides scoped to type or function.

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            • Allow users to 'sticky' comments & suggestions onto the design or code area and store them as meta info in the solution against that file.

              Allow users to 'sticky' comments /suggestions/prompts onto the design or code area and store them as meta info in the solution against that file.

              These comments would be visually appealing.

              These 'comments' could be toggled on and off allowing other users to see other developers intent.

              These comments would not be contained in the design/code itself rather be held as meta data against lines/areas of that file.

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              • Allow Setting default programs from Source Explorer

                The context menu for files in Solution Explorer have an "Open With..." option. Add that option to the context menu for files in Source Explorer.

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                • Add option to MIDL compiler to suppress output noise

                  When compiling an IDL file, there's far too much uninteresting output written. Each imported/included file is output, e.g.:

                  Processing C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.0\Include\um\oaidl.idl
                  oaidl.idl

                  It' analogous to turning on the c/c++ compiler option "Show Includes" - not very useful most of the time.

                  Ideally, by default, the output would simply contain the name of the idl file processed in the project - just like the c++ compiler.

                  Also, why does it generate a warning when you override an option? We have /W0 turned on which generates a warning (ironic):

                  2>midl : command line warning MIDL1015: /W0 or /no_warn overrides warning-level…

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                  • improve toggling outlining multi-line method-name methods

                    in C# Method names (not only) can span more than 1 line.
                    It would be great if on any Method-Name-line CTRL+M+M would toggle outlining of method and not just in line that contains the '{'

                    CTRL+M+M on first line of multi-line-methode-name toggles outline of surrounding class (hmpf).

                    example
                    0 public void MyConstructor(
                    1 long ParameterList
                    2 ) : this (string verylongstuff) { <- CTRL+M+M only works as expected in this line :(, but not in line 0 & 1

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                    • Test Explorer should be able to execute tests in the proper platform for single platform assemblies.

                      When you compile an x64 only assembly but you have both X86 and x64 test assemblies, Test Explorer fails to execute them both. The current implementation assumes that the "default platform" is the only platform.

                      This should work for single platform assemblies (you get an exception if you cannot load them).

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                      • Be able to choose new location for autorecovery files

                        In a corporate environment the My Documents folder could be a shared network drive that is slow to access. This can cause the IDE to freeze when autorecover kicks in. It would be nice to be able to specify a new location for autorecover to save files to.

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                        • Back D with language and ide support

                          There is already an vs ide plugin for D that is good to go as a starting point but it would benefit from official backing and enhancement.

                          I started programming in C/C++ ages ago and loved it then but since then I have programmed in a variety of languages and now going back to C/C++ is just painful.

                          I know many would argue it has improved greatly and if I were to put the time into it again I would probably end up agreeing with them but only if I stuck to the subset of latest and greatest features.

                          I…

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                          • Line Spacing

                            Please allow the line spacing to be adjustable with the editor. Thanks.

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                            • Change All Fonts at one setting

                              Every time I setup a new install of Visual Studio I have to change the Font of a total of 35 different font name and sizes.

                              I have read about how to export and import settings, and signing in (that I hate) will also solve it, but why can't there be a 'Apply To All' checkbox so you only have to set 1 font and be done?

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                              • Find and replace

                                Hi,

                                There should be option to save the regular expression by name in VS 2012 find and replace window, so that we can save any regular expression and use it while next time. E.g. to remove extra space we can save the (^(?([^\r\n])\s)*\r?$\r?\n) regular expression as “Remove extra lines”, and this will be appear under the standard regular expression list under “Custom Expressions” menu, So that we can use this saved expression next time.

                                We can also provide manage custom search menu where we can provide the functionality to add edit, delete existing custom (User defined) saved regular expression.

                                Anand…

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                                • Don't preview large files when it's selected into Solution Explorer

                                  When Visual Studio trying quickly open selected file which have a size a lot of megabytes is done very slowly. Allow to set up maximum size of file for this feature.

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                                  • make more use of multi-threading in the IDE

                                    Some processes already take place in a separate thread (e.g. build, test run), but there is still a lot that happens on the UI thread. Hardly noticeable in tiny demo projects; maddening in bigger solutions. For example, viewing a build process with a big activity log running on the build server, will freeze VS until the build process has finished.

                                    Less dramatic examples:
                                    Open a solution with many projects.
                                    Certain TFS actions, e.g. 'get latest version' (runs in a modal dialog), in particular on a slow internet connection.
                                    Things already posted by others ("Run checkout through a separate thread so…

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                                    • Allow peek to view definition from the references linked within CodeLens.

                                      It would be nice to open a peek window from the "References" CodeLens to view the full definition of the code referencing said method.

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                                      • Save/Load different IDE layouts

                                        I usually work with a laptop docked and 2 monitors and I have created a Visual Studio layout that use both monitors.

                                        But it happens sometimes that I need to work in mobility and I have to remake the layout to fit one monitor.

                                        It would be nice if I can save different layouts and load manually depending on the situations.

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                                        • The results in the Find Symbol Results should be sorted by line number

                                          The results of Find All References in the Find Symbol Results window should be sorted by file path alphabetically and by line number numerically. Currently the results of Find All References in the Find Symbol Results are sorted by file path and by the line number alphabetically.

                                          In Visual Studio 2014 Update 4 if you have three matches in a file at lines 8, 50, and 100, the results will be ordered 100, 50, 8 instead of 8, 50, 100.

                                          The current behavior makes navigating the results using the F8 and Shift F8 shortcut keys confusing because the cursor will…

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