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  1. Automatically fix fixable errors

    Some errors in the error list could be automatically fixed. For instance, you build your code and the error "The type 'bla' is not referenced. You must add a reference to assembly 'System.Data.Entity'" appears in the error pane. This error is easily fixed by adding the correct reference to the project, but since Studio already knows what it's looking for, it knows where it's located (GAC), why isn't there an option to fix it?

    It would be nice if the error pane would have a column "Autoresolve" with for each error which migh be fixable a link "Try resolving". Studio…

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      6 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Link To Line

      Provide a way to send links to co-workers that will open a file and jump to a specific line. ( vs://SolutionName/Project/File:Line86 )

      95 votes
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        8 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Fix the Font & Colors dialog

        please fix this dialog. it hasn't changed for years, it desparately needs some attention.

        consider this use case:
        - i'm editing some code and part of it is red. i want to change it to blue.
        - i open the fonts & colors dialog
        - i scroll through the HUGE, completely disorganized 'display items' list
        - i have to guess which of those items applies to the red text I want to change. sometimes it's obvious, most of the time it's not...
        - usually, i have to select each item in that list, one-by-one, looking for one that's the right…

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          11 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Integrate into the development environment Visual Assist or ReSharper.

          Integrate into the development environment Visual Assist or ReSharper.

          86 votes
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          • Support multiple rows of document tabs

            It would be really nice if the IDE allowed multiple rows of document tabs. Currently, I'm using the "Tabs Studio" add-in for this (http://www.tabsstudio.com). See here for an example: http://www.tabsstudio.com/documentation/addins/several-tabs-highlighted-with-the-default-style.png

            83 votes
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              4 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add ability to filter Comments Task List (aka TODO list)

              In big solutions it is not uncommon to find numerous TODO comments scattered around multiple projects. By adding filter like the one in Errors (Open Documents, Current Project, Current Document) would help to find what you need. Or at least consider adding the Project column to the Task list, just showing the File name is not enough.

              74 votes
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              • Support for Macros in Debugging Command Line Arguments and Executable path for C# solutions

                I am working on an Excel addin written in C#.

                One thing that is very painful is that there is no support for Macros in the command line arguments and executable path in C# debugging panel.

                i.e. when you are working on an Excel addin, typically you need to launch Excel.exe with your addin on the command line arguments.

                What I would really need is to be able to enter

                1 - $(EXCELPATH) in the Start External Program textbox and I would set ExcelPath somehow externally.

                2 - $(TargetDir)/Myaddin.xll as command line arguments

                Unfortunately for C# solution, these macros/envvars are…

                63 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add a new directory-based solution or project type

                  Visual Studio should support opening a directory and working with 'directory-based' projects using actual files on disk (no solution/project files, but instead Visual Studio can store project settings inside '.vs' hidden folder, similar to .idea in WebStorm / ItelliJ). The existing Website project type is not an option!

                  Visual Studio should support working with existing directory structures widely used in the front-end community. See project templates like 'angular-seed' or templates in 'yeoman' gallery. Developers should be able to work comfortably with these directory structures and actual files on disk, without any tweaks. Also it should have a first-class console window…

                  58 votes
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                    6 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Restore the possibility to remove a linked file from a project under source control without deleting the actual file

                    In VS2008 I could delete a linked file from a project under source control and this would only trigger a pending change for my vbproj file. If I do the same in VS2010 this triggers a pending change for the actual delete of the linked file. This is not how it should work, because I don't want to delete the file, it's still needed in an other project. I just want to remove the link to the file

                    57 votes
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                    • move the "Use the 64 bit version of IIS Express for web sites and projects" to be a project option

                      we have projects that require 32-bit (native x86) and other projects that requires 64-bit. please make this a per project configuration option.

                      56 votes
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                      • Allow MSBuild to clean and build solutions while open in visual studio

                        On every project we run we use PowerShell to drive build and deployments into our local environments.

                        We call MSBuild.exe from PowerShell but frequently get this error message: "CSC : error CS1606: Assembly signing failed; output may not be signed -- Error signing assembly -- The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process."

                        The only way to work around this issue is to close visual studio, run our build and deploy scripts and reopen visual studio after.

                        Note: this is not a case that we are running MSBuild and trying to build or debug…

                        52 votes
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                          2 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Expand/collapse projects inside a solution/solution folder

                          When opening a solution all projects are expanded by default. This quickly makes you loose oversight of your solution structure.

                          1. It would be handy if there would be a way to expand/collapse the solution's children, perhaps even by solution folder, single folder, or project.

                          2. Remember state after closing and reopening Visual Studio.

                          Additional comments from a merged suggestion:
                          In all the versions of VS so far, the default behavior when opening a Solution the first time is to open it with all the nodes and items expanded in Solution Explorer. This is not an issue until you start…

                          51 votes
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                            4 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Ctrl+Shift+T opens the last closed tab

                            Ctrl+Shift+T would open the last closed tab. This mirrors the behavior of Chrome and other web browsers. I've found this shortcut uber helpful when doing web development and now find myself hitting it in Visual Studio when I closed a tab I didn't mean to.

                            48 votes
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                            • Allow "Multiple Documents Environment" like VS2008 & older versions. Don't force me into "Tabbed Documents" !!

                              Allow "Multiple Documents Environment" like VS2008 & older versions. Don't force me into "Tabbed Documents" !!
                              There was a Tools Option in VS2008 & ealier versions under category Environment -> General to allow user a choice regarding does user want "Multiple Documents Environment" OR "Tabbed Documents".
                              Visual Studio 6 did not need that because it did not have the mess called "Tabbed Documents" :-).
                              Please make it available in ALL future versions of Visual Studio including VS2010.

                              46 votes
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                              • Remove All Features from VS (and make them optional extensions)

                                The visual studio installer should basically just drop a totally bare bones version of visual studio down in a user folder (not in programs files). It should take seconds to download and a couple more seconds to install. Not this giant monolothic beast we have today full of features I will never use and wish weren't there taking up my time and adding to my confusion.

                                After installation, pop up the extension dialog and allow me to pick the features I want ala-carte, which will then be downloaded separately. For example, I will never use VB, I don't want it…

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                                  • Make VS menus customizable (same way as in VS 2008)

                                    Make VS studio menus customizable the way it used to be in VS 2008 (Office 2003 style). Visual Studio 2010 introduced major step back in menu customizability :-(.
                                    * Drag & Drop menu editing
                                    * Tollbars and menubars on any side of main window
                                    * Floating toolbars and menubars
                                    * Custom icons for menu items and toolbar buttons
                                    If it not possible to achieve with WPF, don't use WPF!

                                    43 votes
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                                    • Make existing Visual Studio visual designer and extensible enough to be available for other programming language such as F# as well

                                      I don't know how to write this suggestions clearer than the current title. I'll try to explain the background of this suggestions
                                      This is the current situations in VS 2012:
                                      1. F# has included as one of first class language since VS 2010
                                      2. F# user base has grown larger than before, thanks to #1, Microsoft! But unfortunately? (read next)
                                      3. Can't create ASP.NET project template using F# other than C# or VB.
                                      4. Can't create WPF (hence Silverlight) project visually using F# (again, other than using C# or VB)
                                      5. Can't create visual Windows Store app using F#, just…

                                      38 votes
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                                      • VS11: Solution Explorer Member Ordering

                                        Solution Explorer should sort the members in a class alphabetically rather than by how they appear in the file. Given a class with a reasonable number of members there is no easy way to find the member you want without searching or scanning the members. Ideally this should be configurable but at least make it consistent with the rest of SE for this release.

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                                        • Make dialog windows non-modal

                                          In IDE modal windows sometimes are really annoying hiding each other and not allowing to get back and copy/read smth without closing current window. I think the approach they use in SQL Management Studio is much more user-friendly

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