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  1. Make a Visual Studio Solution Explorer that is similar to Windows 8 Start Screen

    We have monitors now that are enormous and it is now the norm to develop on three or more monitors. Yet we still try to crowd project navigation info that pleads to be fully visualized into a tiny window as if expanding it is somehow a waste of space.

    I mention Windows 8 start screen in the title of this post. I have no particular love for the start screen except that it is a different spin on a strict hierarchical display of information. I like that it has the objective of using all available screen space to present information…

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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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                          • 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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                                        • 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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