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  1. 307 votes
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      14 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Stop polluting My Documents with Visual Studio folders

      Visual Studio creates a new folder in My Documents with every version. Over time, if the user requires many different versions of Visual Studio installed, this pollutes the folder. My Documents is supposed to be where I keep, well, my documents.

      This even goes again Microsoft's own software design guidelines, if I remember them right.

      Most of the subfolders should be moved to the existing AppData Visual Studio folder. The Projects subfolder has no reason to exist, since you might as well default the My Documents folder when creating new projects (the user can obviouly change this at the time,…

      306 votes
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        15 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • option to disable quick action squiggles

        In VS2015 you introduced the quick action light bulb. I think its a cool piece of tech, and I get why many people like it. However its a bit to intrusive for me, the light bulb was ok, but the green quick action squiggle errors are starting to become a bit annoying.

        For example, when I create classes I prefer writing up the class first in the header file, writing the functions, variables etc I know I will be needing. The second I finish writing the constructor prototype the squiggles and the light bulb flare up, "Function definition not found,…

        254 votes
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          18 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Improve/Reboot Visual Studio Project System

          Visual Studio Projects have been around for over a decade, and their projects are starting to show this fact. There are 3 primary issues with Visual Studio Projects that should be attended to in a (very-near) future release:

          1) The .sln format. 2001 called and wants its arcane, VB.NET-esque format back -- and we should gladly oblige, PRONTO!!!
          2) MSBuild XML format. The format is very difficult to work with, primarily because there is no tooling support for it. Additionally, the syntax is also arbitrary and suffers from XDom-to-POCO-mapping which is a terrible way to design any system around XML…

          253 votes
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            15 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • "View White Space" should show line endings too

            As described here: http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/621096/view-white-space-should-show-line-endings-too

            Request:
            * Visual Studio > Edit menu > Advanced > View White Space.
            * Currently, this feature shows a symbol for space and tab characters.
            * I would like to be able to view line endings too.
            * I would like to be able to view what style of line ending was used.

            And that's it for the request.

            And now I offer some suggestions as to how this may look. Here's what I've seen other tools do:
            * TortoiseMerge uses a single, unobtrusive symbol. It is "light" and does not distract from the main document…

            242 votes
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              4 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Support elastic tab stops

              Support elastic tab stops! Just look at the picture on this web site:

              http://nickgravgaard.com/elastictabstops/

              P.S. we should be able to make the choice between spaces/tabs/elastic tabs on a per-solution (or per-project) basis.

              230 votes
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                7 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Integrate more functions of "Productivity Power Tools" into VS

                I'm so glad to see VS11 beta release. I find many new features integrated to VS11 beta from "old" Productivity Power Tools extension, such as new Solution Explorer, Quick Access and so on. But I do see many more features of "Productivity Power Tools" in VS11 beta, such as Auto Brace Completion, Fix Mixed Tabs, Align Assignments, Tools Options Support and more. So I hope the full functions of "old" Productivity Power Tools integrated to the VS11, and also we can config these features in the Option of VS11. Please take a think about my suggestion. Thanks a lot!

                224 votes
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                  8 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Editor support for italics fonts syntax highlighting

                  The VS editor should support italics for syntax highlighting.
                  Why bold, but not italics?

                  218 votes
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                    4 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Split VS11 windows horizontally and vertically the at same time.

                    It would be nice if you could split VS11 windows horizontally and vertically (read: create a vertical tab group on a horizontal tab group and vice versa) the at same time as display size increases constantly.

                    So you'll be able to have a arrangement of your files like http://jsfiddle.net/ provides.

                    213 votes
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                      13 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Give option to search only in uncommented code

                      When searching for a string in a project's source code, I often find myself wasting time examining lines that have been commented out. it would be useful to offer an option to return only lines that are not commented out, so as not to confuse the results.

                      211 votes
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                        9 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Exclude outlining operations from the undo/redo stack

                        There's something really annoying in Visual Studio : where I expand or collapse a method or code region, this action is pushed on the undo stack. So if I edit some code in a method, then collapse that method, and then want to undo my change, I have to undo twice : once for the collapse action, and once for the change in code. This can be VERY confusing if you expanded or collapsed several things after editing the code, the editor keeps jumping to different places and you don't know whether your changes have been undone or not... Please,…

                        194 votes
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                          12 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Restore usability of the new Error List window in VS 2015

                          1. Restore the ability to sort all entries by their addition time ("Default Order" in VS2013 and older). In VS 2015 RC, messages keep "jumping" as they are generated, which makes it nearly impossible to work with the Error List during a long build without stoping it.

                          2. Restore (at least as an option) full clearing of Error List on build start, or at least add a button or context menu option to clear it manually. It is very confusing in VS 2015 RC when fixed errors and warnings stay there for half of the build process until the compiler…

                          193 votes
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                            11 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Option "Show Always Intellisense"

                            Sometimes when I want to list all the methods of a function. I have to use 2 keyboard shortcuts to do this.
                            Option "Always show Intellisense" would make suggestions show ALL the time. If I click somewhere out the editing box, they will disappear, when I click back, they show again.

                            191 votes
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                              10 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Show CodeLens above Attributes if they exists

                              If a function/property/class as an attribute defined above it. the CodeLens is inserted between the attribute definition.

                              Today:
                              [MyAttribute]
                              codelens stuff
                              public void MyFunction(){}

                              Should be:
                              codelens stuff
                              [MyAttribute]
                              public void MyFunction(){}

                              190 votes
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                                3 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Provide an option to disable Search Selection

                                (Observed in Visual Studio 2012). It can be quite confusing when Visual Studio automatically chooses to search in the selection rather than the document. Even if you escape out of the find dialog and the selected text the option remains as 'selection' in Find. It might be best to just provide an option to disable this feature in the 'Find and Replace' section of the options. Thank you.

                                188 votes
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                                  10 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Enable Go To Definition (F12) should go to source if source symbols are available

                                  Right now, source code integration for framework sources (or any other source-indexed PDB) is clunky. You have to be in a debug session for it to pull down the source.

                                  If you're not in a debug session and use Go To Definition/Ctrl-Click/F12 on a Type/Method/Property, it'll take you to the object browser, or a code view that shows just the signatures.

                                  I propose that VS check for a source PDB in the symbol path first, then if available, use the source code directly. This would be an option, of course, so people can retain the current behavior. It would also…

                                  184 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Make Visual Studio per-monitor/multi-monitor DPI aware

                                    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/dd464646
                                    http://imgur.com/qAiVw1Q,eVRIBlZ

                                    When dragging VS 2013.1 Express to my second monitor running at a different DPI, it becomes blurry. VS seems to be acting as if it only has support for global DPI settings instead of per-monitor settings. It would be great if VS followed the same guidelines its users are attempting to follow when it comes to developing desktop apps ;-).

                                    161 votes
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                                      6 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Smarter indentation and alignment

                                      There's a difference between indentation and alignment.
                                      Indentation happens at the block level, in the C derivatives (C++, C#, Java, ...), after an opening curly brace.
                                      Alignment happens when one wants to align things on the same column beyond indentation for improved readability, like function params (either call or declaration/definition), getters/setters' names

                                      Unfortunately, when one starts typing aligned things (with tabs on the beginning on the lign for indentation, then spaces for alignment), and types enter for a new line, VS changes all the carefully typed alignment spaces into tabs.

                                      This is annoying because...
                                      1. When someone else opens the…

                                      141 votes
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                                        4 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • enable line numbers by default

                                        Please enable Line Numbers by default. The first thing everyone does is to go to the settings and enable that. Why is it off by default?

                                        129 votes
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                                          7 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • 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…

                                          127 votes
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