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  1. 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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      3 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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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        3 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

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          0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Expose an API to be able to extend or take advantage of CodeLens features in extensions.

          The CodeLens feature of VS2013 Ultimate was the most exciting thing in VS2013 Ultimate, yet it is severely limited and underused. Its source control only integrates Microsoft-friendly source control, which is really quite greedy from you guys, considering the price of the Ultimate package... I understand you are pushing your own products, but denying support for the most widely used source control packages in favor of your own runner in a premium-only feature is pretty poor. Don't be a Grinch.

          I would like to be able to write extensions to support other source control packages like SVN or CVS through…

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            1 comment  ·  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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              1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add support for link shared files in shared project

              Please add function to link a file file in a shared project like is actually possible in normal projects.
              This function is already supported with manual editing a .projitems file:

              <Compile Include="$(MSBuildThisFileDirectory)..\..\MyApp\myApp.Shared\myFile.cs">
              <Link>myFile.cs</Link>
              </Compile>

              58 votes
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                0 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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                  1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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.

                  53 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add support for Windows 8.1 multi-monitor DPI scaling

                    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 ;-).

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                      1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add a keyboard shortcut for switching between tab groups.

                      Currently you offer shortcuts for switching between active documents via Control + F6 or Control + Tab. However, for those of us who lay out our documents spatially, cycling through documents in all tab groups when we just want to get to the other visible document isn't an ideal scenario, and really breaks our flow.

                      I'd love for Window.NextTabGroup and Window.PrevTabGroup actions to be added so I can quickly hop between editors.

                      51 votes
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                        3 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Make C/C++ compiler (cl.exe) independent of IDE

                        Consider a node.js developer, who builds native addon module using node-gyp in C++.

                        Node-gyp require MSVCR to compiler the project on Windows. If I am using sublime for my JS and C++ development, I would like to only take C++ compiler and libraries instead of installing plethora of stuff that I don't require.

                        Original concern was posed here: http://stackoverflow.com/q/26959640/.

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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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                            • 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…

                              46 votes
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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!

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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…

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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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                                      • 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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                                        • 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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