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  1. 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

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    • 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…

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        3 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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!

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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.

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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

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              3 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.

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                3 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.

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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.

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                      0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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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                      • 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 project files contain Undo/Redo information from the last use.

                          First, it would greatly help to remind yourself what you were doing last time, what coding contexts and ideas were you working on, just by traversing last changes with Ctrl+Z.

                          Second, it would be nice if you could actually turn VS off for a minute (e.g. windows update wants me to restart my computer) and return to it later, with all the undos being still there ready to use again.

                          Let's say you can always disable this feature in project settings or is actually off by default.

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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…

                            32 votes
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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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                              • Bring back vertical toolbars

                                I really like being able to customize the toolbars with the commands I want (so please don't replace them with a 'fixed' ribbon!) but on older visual studio versions there was more flexibility in the customisation. On modern screens which are 16x9 there is a lack of vertical space but plenty of horizontal space. Toolbars across the top of the window use that valuable vertical space that could be showing lines of code, if I could run the toolbars down the left or right edges (as I do for the Windows Taskbar) I could reclaim that code space again, like…

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                                • Separate font options for environment, Solution Explorer and other windows

                                  If you change font in Environment->Fonts and Colors->Environment Font , it changes for all VisualStudio.
                                  You cannot specify only Solution Explorer or only menu.
                                  Please separate them.

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                                  • show the full path as a tooltip in 'Recent Projects and Solutions' menu

                                    I sometimes have copies of the same solution. When opening a solution via the 'Recent Projects and Soultions' menu under 'File', the full path is not shown, so I often open the wrong one. Show a tool tip with the full path when I hover over an entry.

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                                    • Format all IDE warnings and errors consistently

                                      Please format all IDE warnings and message like the C++ compiler does, i.e. like this:
                                      "FullPath(LineNumber): error|warning IDExxxx: Message string."

                                      e.g.:
                                      C:\Foo\Bar\Mine.sln(1): error IDE4711: The selected file is a solution file, but was created by a newer version of this application and cannot be opened.

                                      Reason: We use a separate PC and scripts to build our entire code base every night. The - very long - build log is parsed and summarized into an HTML file that highlights all warnings and errors.

                                      Yesterday, the following error message appeared in the log file:
                                      "The selected file is a solution file, but…

                                      27 votes
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                                      • Incorporate double-click code tab to bring it full screen and double click to restore back like Eclipse IDE.

                                        Incorporate double-click code tab to bring it full screen and double click to restore back like Eclipse IDE. I am glad you stopped popping it into a new window but would like to easily double click to go full screen with the code window and be able to return without having to unpin and re-pin everything.

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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…

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