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  1. Make it easier to setup keyboard shortcuts to external tools/commands.

    When setting up keyboard shortcuts to external tools the external tools are listed as "Tools.ExternalCommand1", "Tools.ExternalCommand2", etc. This makes it very difficult to determine which one you want to add your shortcut to. They should also display the name of the actual command as well. It's also very difficult to find the right items in the list since it only displays a few at a time and the settings window cannot be expanded to give you more room to look at these.

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    • stop building bespoke UI on each release and spend the programmer time on features and stability

      I notice that each release of VS since .NET seems to provide its own suite of UI - all a little different from the Windows built-in widgets which makes it look a little unprofessional. I'm not talking about the bits which obviously need to be made, the fancy tree views and such (particularly since the Windows native tree view is a pain in the *** to work with), but the absolute basics like check boxes and command buttons - we don't /need/ new ones.

      Normally I'm not that bothered, although it would be nice to have had the developer time…

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      • Intercept "ESC" escape button with higher priority thread when transitioning to increase usability

        Intercept "ESC" escape button with higher priority thread when transitioning to increase usability. If it has been detected to have hit the "ESC" button get the user out of whatever transition that got themselves into. Some examples might include: including SQL Connecting to a non existing database, or a really slow database, Opening a Project of the wrong type, connecting to a Windows Phone that is not connected or off, Search and replace files of a server for an entire region, loading an extension that if 58.3 gigabytes in size etc... The idea here is that when you hit the…

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        • Hotkeys!

          Visual studio 2010; The hotkeys aka keyboard shortcuts is horrible and has always been horrible in development tools! Not only are the standard hotkeys mindblowingly bad, it is also a pain in the *** to change them. The GUI is for it is bad, beyond outdated, and when you try to change a hotkey there is massive hotkeyconflicts which I have to manually change. I can't create my own empty set of hotkeys, can't save or load. Have you heard of the cloud? Save it there! You don't want hotkeys where you need more than your left hand. You could…

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          • Add the ability to add color highlights to the editor

            I liked the ability with a couple of the view enhancer extensions to be able to easily be able to distinguish class and method names by giving them a color, and making them bolded. They really stand out that way, and it can often help my tired old eyes find things after hours of coding. ;)

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            • Open all checked-out files (and close all other)

              Very often I need to go through all checked-out files to add my comment to the file and then check-in those files. I can open the "Pending Checkins" (well, on some of my web projects I see files that are not under source control), but it would be nice to open all the files and close all others, then go through all the files by adding the comment and then closing this file by pressing Ctrl+F4.

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              • Visual Studio Tools for GItでの用語の統一

                Visual Studio Tools for GItで、CheckoutがSwitchになっているなど、TFSの用語とGitの用語とが混在していて、逆にわかりにくくなっている様に思います。Git向けのツールなので、Gitの用語に統一した方がわかりやすくなると思います。

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                • Fix navigate to for database projects

                  This only seems to happen on database (TSQL stored procs + schema etc project/solution) not on C# projects: with the preview tab setting turned on if we (multiple people at my work) start typing a stored proc name it goes right to the document after a fraction of a second rather than allow us to chose which of a dozen "Get*" stored procs we want to open. Shutting off the preview makes the dialog wait for us to pick one again. We are freshly installed VS2013, Pro mostly only other plugin installed is Git Source Provider.

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                  • Live debugging

                    Would be nice if one could change code while one is debugging and then change the break points to depending on altered code and carry on running through the debugger. I think it would make finding and solution problems a lot quicker

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                      • Search projects

                        For solutions with multiple projects, have the peojects listed so that I can check the projects that I want to search and uncheck the ones to ignore. Make this a new search option in the search window.

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                        • provide a method to suppress messages/warning from the error list

                          it's possible to suppress warning in both the c++ and the c# compiler (and i assume, also in the vb compiler). however, there are lots of other components writing warnings to the error list. (e.g.: a "warning 150" concerning a mismatch of architecture.). in larger projects, these warnings, if not apropriate, make the error list unusable. (i have 230+ such warnings in the error list.)

                          it should be possible to turn these off, in order to make the error list usable again.

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                          • Provide an indication of whether or not there are errors on the error list tab

                            Currently I have disabled the never ending squiggly lines in C# which I found far more annoying than helpful. In these circumstances I would find a "No errors" or "*** Errors" on the Error List tab extremely useful.

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                            • Add "Build Startup Project" command

                              It should build projects the same way as in "Launch startup project", except no launch. Since currently there is no command, it's not possible to bind a shortcut. With removal of macros in VS2012, the only way to achieve this is to write a custom extension...

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                              • improve keyboard shortcuts

                                Many suggestions here deal with particular keyboard shortcut improvements.

                                I'd like to create a container here for all possible sorts of suggestions reagarding Visual Studio keyboard shortcut improvements.

                                Add your suggestion as a comment to this idea and add your vote. This'll raise the chance to get it implemented.

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                                  • add "Favorite Packages" tab to nuget package manager

                                    Please add "Favorite Packages" tab to nuget package manager.
                                    It is still better if it can synchronize on-line by relating with user profiles (for example, nuget.org, Microsoft account, etc.).

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                                    • Fix the Heads Up Display

                                      I love the new heads up display within class objects, but have one issue with it. When you decorate a class or property with attributes, the heads up display inserts itself between the property/class declaration and the attributes which as you can see in the picture I attached causes an unnatural and hard to read grouping because now the attribute is grouped/closer to the property above it than the property that it actually belongs to… it seems to me like the heads up display information should be above the attributes so that the attributes would stay grouped with the property/class…

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                                      • Visual studio team could create one extension to T4 templates

                                        Visual studio team could create one extension to T4 templates

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                                        • Visual Studio IDE's Option

                                          Please take a look to attachment image.

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