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  1. Add color to key items; texture to the interface

    I like the way visual studio is now grayscale, it gives it an industrial look. Certain key elements, however, should remail in color. The most prominent one is the debugging toolbar. The start, pause, step, and stop options should be colored to make them extremely easy to spot. Having a couple of toolbar items in colour will still keep the interface clean, but make those items easier to spot.

    I also think having the option to add texture would be welcome. Not heavy texture, but some subtle texturing would go a long way.

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    • Stop intellisense from interrupting me, make it work in the background

      I understant that intellisense information for C++ can take time to generate. If intellisense information isn't available, can the IDE just carry on and let me figure out what I'm typing myself. I keep getting interrupted by a dialog saying that it is scanning <X> of <TOTAL> files. And I watch the dialog in pain as the <TOTAL> number goes up. I don't care about that dialog, I just want to type some code in to the editor!

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      • Search in a specific folder (need attention!)

        Add the ability to search in a specific folder in solution explorer. When we right click it, it should have an option "Find in this folder", clicking on it should activate "Search Solution Explorer (Ctrl+;)" but scoped to that folder and its subfolders.

        This comes handy in situations where the project size is large or project is opened from remote location.

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        • Truncate Solution Explorer project items left-to-right instead of right-to left so that long namespace prefixes don't block view of suffixes

          Currently, when the Solution Explorer panel is shrunk down to a size that would cut off part of the name of a project, the project name is truncated right-to-left, so that the end of the project name is hidden until the user mouses over it. This behavior is backwards because the project name is usually the assembly's namespace and the namespace prefix is usually consistent across all projects in a solution, therefore the project name from left to right is usually redundant and unnecessary. To support where this is not the case, perhaps the first few pixels or the first…

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          • Shortcut keys for splitting windows and views

            I like viewing code files next to each other because I can't remember every property. The problem is, to do this effectively I have to drag the window.

            I wish there were shortcut keys like Win+Right, Win+Left, Win+Up, Win+Down. This would be very helpful in boosting productivity.

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            • Add Style Rule

              I have notices that Add Style Rule is missing in VS 2012. It was present in VS 2010. Could this feature be added to VS 2012?

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              • Integrated education in Visual Studio / Clever "Do you know?" window.

                Microsoft spends much time and money to provide developers with actual and correct documentation about new technologies. Nevertheless even experienced developers need active monitoring for changes and news. Otherwise it is very difficult to ask questions about unknown.
                Many applications has a feature of showing a window "Do you know?" or "Tips an Tricks". But they show quite unrelated random information.
                I think it would be very nice if MS tracks my profile, my questions at technical forums, my projects I worked with in VS and the technologies I've used. This can be very helpful in deducing what I really…

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                • Extend C# Editor, HTML Editor, Level 2

                  It would be nice to remove empty spaces on the left side of the editor when the parents are far up and finish far below your current position of the visible area and on the top of that it would be nice to display the parents, I have attached images for C# but this would work also for HMTL Editor

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                  • Postfix Code Completion Suggestions & Templates

                    Postfix code completion helps reduce backward caret jumps as you write code. It lets you transform an already typed expression to another one based on the postfix you added, the type of expression and its context. For example, the “.if” postfix applied to a boolean expression wraps it with an if statement. Likewise the ”.notnull” triggers a surround template checking the expression for the null value

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                    • Allow Server Explorer to use multiple network aliases like sql developer when creating a connection

                      I think it would be beneficial for you to add functionality to allow server explorer to store multiple network aliases like visual studio does.
                      See screen shots for more detail.

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                      • 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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                            • The new Visual Studio 2012 Find dialog is frustrating

                              - The fact you can't undock it from the upper-right corner is bad for those of us with vertical monitors. Please make it a floating window again.

                              - The fact that you can't find forwards and backwards at the same time without first clicking a little dropdown arrow is maddening.

                              - The thin little lines which tell you if Match Case, Match Whole Word, etc are enabled is way too hard to see, plus they dissapear entirely when your mouse hovers over them or when they have focus.

                              - I miss being able to perform a Find in Files, and…

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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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                                    • Allow me to create a file with a .mobile extension

                                      ASP.Net supports the [filename].Mobile.cshtml file format that will load if the user is running on a mobile device. However, Visual Studio will not allow you to create a new cshtml file with a .mobile extension. I have to create the file, then rename it. If nothing else, provide a checkbox that says "This is a mobile page".

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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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