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  1. Add a shortcut to hide/show status bar

    Status bar is useful sometimes, for example, while compiling code, I like to know the progress. But while writing code, I just want to hide it.

    It can be hid/showed via Options->General, but it is not convenient.

    A shortcut to toggle hiding.showing it will be useful.

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    • Add a date/time stamp to "Build..." and "Publish: 1 succeeded..."

      When you build a project or publish one, the "output" shows that you have succeeded. How about a date/time stamp that shows when this was done?

      Let's say i publish a web site with new debugging code. i don't want to look at log entries from pre-updated code. So i'm back at my desk but don't know when to view the logs from... c?

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      • Keyboard macros.

        Where are the keyboard macros gone? Recording and playing back keyboard actions are very important in formatting large chunks of text.

        Going around the problem by using 3rd party solutions, such as Notepad++ is quite suboptimal.

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        • vs 2012 - Get Latest Version should let you merge files from Source Control Explorer without requiring an open solution

          In VS 2012, we should be able to do a get latest version from the source control explorer and then manually merge conflicts if there is no solution open. The resolve conflicts tab incorrectly shows "There are no conflicts in the workspace."
          Opening a workspace with a conflict and refreshing the resolve conflicts tab does not show any conflicts.

          Suggested workflow:
          1. Open VS 2012
          2. Open source control explorer
          3. Right click on the source code subtree and click on "Get Latest Version"
          4. A list of conflicting files should be shown in the resolve conflicts tab.
          5. The…

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          • Add Internet search to exception dialogs in theIDE.

            When debugging in the IDE and an exception occurs, what is the very first thing that happens in almost all cases? You Google the exception message for help.

            There should be an Internet Search button that can be clicked to automatically search for the error message on the Internet using the default search provider.

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            • lock item directly in VS-IDE Solution Explorer

              in the Team Explorer Everywhere for Eclipse it is possible to lock a item directly over the solution explorer.
              In Visual Studio i have to open the Source Control and browse to the specific file what are to be locked.
              Why could VS did not support the lock mode directly in Solution Explorer like the Everywhere Plugin ?

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              • Add A Container Project Template To Organize Additional Files and Directories

                Medium to large solutions will eventually have many more files than you can manage in the "Solution items" folder, e.g. common files such as images, dependent external/3rd party DLLs (checked into source to guaranty an isolated build).

                Trying to maintain these files or even directories of files yourself is a pain and they don't always follow the physical path or renaming like you'd want them to.

                Create a simple "Container Project" which stores ANY file or directory you like except known solution user or temporary files. That will have the following benefits:

                1) Save time organizing these items.
                2) Help…

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                • Add breadcrumb type indication at top of solution explorer to provide context

                  Currently in large projects I struggle to tell at a glance where I am in my solution. One idea I had was to have a breadcrumb type indication at the top of the tree to explain the path of where you are (for the node at the top of the viewable window).
                  If this was also selectable to jump and r-clickable for context without losing your current position (e.g. add a sibling folder) that would be really useful.

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                  • Collapse to Regions only

                    In VS2010, I could do Edit | Stop Outlining, close the file, and re-open it, and only the regions would be collapsed, nothing else.

                    In VS2012 and VS2013 this doesn't work anymore, but if I close the solution and delete the *.SUO, and reopen the project, all my regions are collapsed but nothing else.

                    Collapse every block is too much, and Collapse To Definitions is too much as well. Collapse to Regions is just right for me.

                    Could we have an IDE feature to just do what deleting the *.suo does?

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                    • A facelift for the Reference manager

                      Unlike the rest of Visual Studio, the window feels a bit out of tone.

                      It doesn't have the Moden UI borders, and it really needsa cleanup button for the 'Browse' tab. (and all other 'Recent' tabs)
                      (as in the attached screenshot)

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                      • Load and parse files in separate thread

                        IDE hangs every time when i tried to load big xml file. It would be great if loading and parsing files was in separate thread.

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                        • Large Attachments to WIT stored as shared files not in database

                          This idea is for corporate TFS not for cloud based:
                          There some probles when I want to attach huge dumpfiles to Bug in TFS. Now it is not possible becouse some of them more than 2GB.
                          BTW attach 2GB to WTI causes DB to grow extremly and It is a problem with backup and maintain.

                          So I want to suggest following feature:
                          I can limit size of attachment which will be stored within DB (ie 4MB).
                          I can attach a network storage and make redirection of greater files to be stored in this network storage automatically: within TFS only link…

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                          • Add Search for event handlers in the properties window

                            Make the event handlers view in the Properties searchable (the same way it is searchable when it's in the properties view)

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                            • option to controll collapsing level in Solution Explorer

                              have an option to control how the collapse button work in Solution Explorer -- currently it collapse everything, would be good to either "collapse up to file", "collapse up to project", "collapse up to folder" or "collapse up to solution (current default)" etc
                              thx

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                              • Allow for direct path editing of imports in the Property manager

                                Currently when adding a custom property sheet to a project config, I can not type the path for the sheet file name directly and I must navigate to the file manually.
                                Direct change would allow me to:
                                a) use environment and VC variables expansion in the file name
                                b) migrate the settings to new projects (or configs)
                                more simply
                                c) inspect the path names of already imported files

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                                • A mode where icons can be reduced in their vibrancy to help with the focus on content

                                  Have a lightbox mode where icons can be reduced in their vibrancy, in a similar way to some photo apps, allowing the VS UI to fade into the background

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                                  • to fix 'Check In' button position in Team Explorer

                                    When I scroll 'Pending changes' window down to include/exclude items to changeset 'Check In' button is scrolled too.

                                    Idea: Fix 'Check In' button position in top of visible area.

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                                    • Add Previous button In Search Window

                                      If searching for a word that is present in the solution more than once , there is no option to come back to Previously found location.

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                                      • Change ballon "Extract by an other user" with the list of user that extracted the file

                                        When you work with TFS with other developers, one of them could extract and lock a solution file.
                                        If you look the help baloon, it just say it's extracted by someone else or somewhere else.
                                        Could you replace this static baloon by the list of team members that are usind the file ?
                                        Thanks,
                                        Laurent

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                                        • Please create front end development features similar to the open source Brackets - brackets.io project

                                          Please add features similar to the brackets.io project:
                                          -Live HTML editing
                                          -edit external styles and code without leaving the page

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