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  1. 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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      2 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Solution folders automatically mapped into physical folders

      Today, if I create solution folder, it is not mapped to the physical folder on my hard drive. Than, if I want to add project into the solution folder, I always have to validate the path, where the new project will be added. In my case, I always wants to have the same physical folder as the solution folder. Turing the creation new solution folder it should be possible to choose, if it will by physical folder or only virtual solution folder (like today).

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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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        • Make Ctrl+Right / Ctrl+Left shortcuts navigate between subwords in a camel case word

          Currently Ctrl+Right / Ctrl+Left combinations navigate over whole words in the text editor. IDEs that use this combination to navigate between subwords of a camel case word make my typing / editing so much faster. At the moment I have to use Qt Creator for heavy editing and VS only for building / debugging.

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            2 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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              • 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…

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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…

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                    4 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Include a legend for the icons used for items in Solution Explorer and Object Browser and Intellisense

                    I would like to be able to 'decode' the meaning of the icons which appear all over Solution Explorer and Object Browser and the Intellisense lists. I think I have once found this somewhere on the net but not in the help, and printed it out. Ideally, I would like to have it accessible as a floating window. This is a 'novice' feature I know. I have been using Studio for 3 years full-time now, and have learnt (in effect) that I will never work out what they mean. This is probably a bad lesson. I think I can recognise…

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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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                        4 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 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…

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                          2 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • 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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                            3 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Support patch adding in Visual Studio Tools for Git

                            Patch adding allows to stage only parts of a file (hunks), not an entire file.
                            The command line equivalent is the command "git add --patch"

                            For example if you edit a file on line 20 and make another change on line 40 and now you want to split this changes into two separate commits because they are unrelated to each other you can do this by patch adding the file. It would be nice to have this functionality available inside of Visual Studio.

                            The same funcionality could be used to automatically include the changed parts of the csproj file when…

                            40 votes
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                            • Recover the VS2010 theme and icons when VS2013 is coming

                              The VS2010 theme and icons is so classics and charming, and the VS2012 theme is so hard to work with, also the new blue theme is only a relief for my eyes, it's still hard to work with. So, then the VS2013 is coming, please, please, Recover the VS2010 theme, at least please give an option for us to choose.

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                              • Haskell support in Visual Studio

                                First-class support for Haskell is what I like to see, with syntax highlight, intelisense and debugging.

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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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                                    2 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • 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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                                    • Support a XML diff tool inside Visual Studio for use with & without TFS.

                                      The diff tool in VS 2012 is a fantastic leap forward but fails badly with XML files (as does most tools). I would love a XML diff tool or the current diff tool to be extended to support XML. Ideally this tool should work with TFS (i.e. when merging etc...) but also without TFS - let me use it to select and compare two files on disk.

                                      This would have benefits for
                                      + modifying work item templates for TFS
                                      + SharePoint developers
                                      + Lightswitch developers
                                      + Windows 8 app developers who use XAML
                                      + Anyone using XAML (WPF, WF, Silverlight…

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                                      • Provide Target Framework upgrade switch for devenv.exe/Visual Studio solutions

                                        When upgrading a Visual Studio solution from one version of the .Net Framework to another, there is no easy method to simply upgrade the Target Framework for all Visual Studio projects in a solution. Instead, one is forced to manually change the Target Framework for each and every individual Visual Studio project file. Instead, a /TargetFramework command line switch should be made available for devenv.exe to allow upgrading all Visual Studio projects in a solution to a specified version of the .Net Framework.

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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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