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  1. 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 developers the name of the TFS Branch they have open within the Solution Explorer

      Currently if you have multiple branches in a TFS solution (ex. WIP, QA, Production) and have open one of the branches solution, you cannot tell which branch you have open easily without looking at the long file path of one of the files in the solution. It would be really nice to show developers the name of the Branch they have open within the Solution Explorer to ensure the developer does not accidentally start developing in the wrong branch.

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      • 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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          1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 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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            2 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Support Data Breakpoints for C#

            Data Breakpoints are very useful when debugging state issues as they break into the debugger when the value of a variable changes.

            It is currently only supported in C/C++

            Please extend support to C# and the other managed languages. We need it badly. The reason there is no uservoice suggestion is that most NET Developers don't know it exists in C++

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              0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Bring back vertical toolbars

              I really like being able to customize the toolbars with the commands I want (so please don't replace them with a 'fixed' ribbon!) but on older visual studio versions there was more flexibility in the customisation. On modern screens which are 16x9 there is a lack of vertical space but plenty of horizontal space. Toolbars across the top of the window use that valuable vertical space that could be showing lines of code, if I could run the toolbars down the left or right edges (as I do for the Windows Taskbar) I could reclaim that code space again, like…

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                4 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Separate font options for environment, Solution Explorer and other windows

                If you change font in Environment->Fonts and Colors->Environment Font , it changes for all VisualStudio.
                You cannot specify only Solution Explorer or only menu.
                Please separate them.

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                  0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Bring back the Code Definition Window in Visual Studio Express

                  The Code Definition Window is no longer available in the Express version of Visual Studio 2012; bad idea - if anything, Microsoft should be adding features to the free version of their IDE, not removing them.

                  This is not the kind of feature that can be thought of as 'professional only' or 'enterprise only'; it's a basic development aid, and it's available in other free IDEs (since before it appeared in VS, actually).

                  If Microsoft wants to maintain their relevance in the IDE space, and win developers over to the new Store and mobile platforms, crippling the free version is…

                  28 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Ability to disable 'class preview' in solution explorer

                    In Visual Studio 2012 Solution Explorer will now not only show solution files but also allows to drill down to the file contents.

                    I do not like this feature as it adds noise to SE and would like ability to switch it off.

                    28 votes
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                      3 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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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                      • Format all IDE warnings and errors consistently

                        Please format all IDE warnings and message like the C++ compiler does, i.e. like this:
                        "FullPath(LineNumber): error|warning IDExxxx: Message string."

                        e.g.:
                        C:\Foo\Bar\Mine.sln(1): error IDE4711: The selected file is a solution file, but was created by a newer version of this application and cannot be opened.

                        Reason: We use a separate PC and scripts to build our entire code base every night. The - very long - build log is parsed and summarized into an HTML file that highlights all warnings and errors.

                        Yesterday, the following error message appeared in the log file:
                        "The selected file is a solution file, but…

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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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                          • Add colors to tabs based on pinned-state, different projects or your own look and feel

                            Since the new Visual Studio has a lot less color, I don't mind BUT my tabs look all the same and miss some visual structure.

                            Maybe it would be nice to assign you own colors to your tabs, different colors for pinned & not pinned- states or different colors for each project!

                            26 votes
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                            • Please stop throwing "Cannot find the requested resource" exceptions

                              I develop Visual Studio extensions with Break on all Exceptions set.

                              Every time I do anything in Visual Studio (launch VS, open the Options dialog, use Solution Explorer), I got lots of first-chance ArgumentExceptions, "Cannot find the requested resource", from
                              Microsoft.VisualStudio.CommonIDE.dll!Microsoft.VisualStudio.CommonIDE.ResourceLoader.TryEachApplicableNamespace<string>(string resourceName, Microsoft.VisualStudio.CommonIDE.ResourceLoader.GetResourceDelegate<string> getResource) .

                              This severely interferes with my debugging workflow.

                              Please please stop throwing this exception.

                              25 votes
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                              • Add search box to Properties Window for other types of projects, just like the search in Properties Window in WPF projects

                                It would be a great idea to have a search box in Properties Window for other types of projects, just like the search in Properties Window in WPF projects. It would increase the productivity of the developers and of course the search box should have a short cut key just like the solution explorer search box has one.

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                                • Confirm that user wants search for a single character term when using Find in Files

                                  Every few days I wind up accidentally searching my entire codebase for a single character term. Such searches can yield hundreds of thousands of results, and Visual Studio can become unresponsive for minutes.

                                  It would be great if Visual Studio could confirm that you want to search for single character terms when using Find in Files.

                                  A method for limiting the maximum number of search results would also work.

                                  24 votes
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                                  • Add more filtering options in solution explorer search

                                    In big solutions it's very common to have files with the same name under different projects. With the current solution explorer search you can only search for the filename and it shows all the matching files in all projects. It's not very easy to find the file you're looking for when there are a lot of files with the same name in the search results.

                                    I suggest you add some options so that users can search for filenames and project names at the same time. For example let's say I have 15 unit test projects and all of them have…

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                                    • Add possibility to force encoding on project/solution level

                                      This would be very useful to be able to force encoding on solution or project level and don't select it on per-file basis.
                                      This would be great feature for internationally distributed developer teams and for open source projects.

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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…

                                        23 votes
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                                        • Task based IDE workspaces

                                          Depending on the task you are performing you sometimes want a customized development enviroment, displaying different panels, menu bars etc.
                                          When you debug for example, the IDE changes it's layout. It would be great if the user could do the same for tasks you can customize yourself.
                                          You could for example customize a workspace for HTML editing, debugging, coding c#, database design, WPF XAML editing, etc.

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