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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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      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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      • 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.

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        • 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…

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          • 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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            • 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.

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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!

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                  4 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Preventing accidental file drag in Solution Explorer

                  I and many developers I know have suffered dragging files accidently, from one location to other in the Visual Studio Solution Explorer.

                  If the solution is in a source control and not checked out, VS prompts to check out (if configured to do that) but in any other case the situation can get very frustrating.

                  It would be great to have a confirmation prompt when the user drags a file from one location to another in the solution explorer.

                  I have heard of a way to completely block drag and drop functionality using a VS extension.
                  But it sounds like…

                  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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                      2 comments  ·  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.

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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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                        • Group or "super tabs" in the VS IDE so that the designer surface and code editor are always together

                          I know that you have F7 and SHIFT+F7 to toggle between designer surface and code behind in a web forms webpage or a windows/wpf form, I would like to see the option of a single tab in the IDE for these two views combined and two tabs within that container (one for the designer surface and one for the code). That way, the two can always be kept together which would be useful when navigating the mouse, i.e. reflect the hierarchy visualised in the Solutions explorer on the tabs of opened solution elements.

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                          • Add option "Do not include new projects in build for active solution configurations "

                            Every time we add new project to the Solution, VS is including new project for build in all active solution configurations. After that, we have to uncheck that project for most active configurations because we don't want to build it. Can you provide option:

                            "Do not include new projects in build for active solution configurations "

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                            • Bring back the "Before building" options in VS2012

                              In earlier versions, there was a dropdown in Tools | Options that let me choose whether or not I wanted to save files when building. It would be very useful to have this back. (VS2012 always saves when building.)

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                              • Ability to group files in Solution Explorer like files of WindowsForms forms

                                Ability to group files in Solution Explorer like files of WindowsForms forms: Form1.Designer.cs under Form1.cs

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                                • "Scope to This" is great, but when working in a large solution, I'd like to be able to set my scope to a subset of projects.

                                  In the Solution Explorer, I like the new "Scope to This" feature.

                                  Could this be expanded to scope to a subset of projects as opposed to just one? It would make working in large solutions much easier.

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                                  • add "track active item" feature not only in Solution Explorer but also in class View

                                    in "Tools > Options > Projects and Solutions > General" you can set "track active item in Solution Explorer". This feature allow you to see always your current location of the editing file within the project.

                                    Same feature would be nice for class view, too.

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                                    • Renaming a model class should also update cshtml views

                                      when you rename a class, VS does a smart refactoring where it updates references to that class to the new name. If your project is an MVC project, model declarations in cshtml views are not updated. These should be refactored too.

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                                      • Make it easier to switch user

                                        The Synchronize settings feature of vs2013 is great, but it is still a bit slow/difficult to switch user. When we pair program it would be very usefull if we easily could swith keyboard settings etc whenever we switch keyboard.

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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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