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  1. 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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    • 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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      • Provide Interactive rebase support for Visual studio tools for Git

        Please provide Rebase and Interctive Rebase support for visual studio tools for Git

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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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            • 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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              • Rename Solution Explorer windows

                It would be nice if we could rename solution explorer windows. For example, if I open a solution explorer scoped to my "Scripts" folder, I'd like to be able to tell which solution explorer it is when they are collapsed.

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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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                  • Include a legend for the icons used for items in Solution Explorer and Object Browser and Intellisense

                    I would like to be able to 'decode' the meaning of the icons which appear all over Solution Explorer and Object Browser and the Intellisense lists. I think I have once found this somewhere on the net but not in the help, and printed it out. Ideally, I would like to have it accessible as a floating window. This is a 'novice' feature I know. I have been using Studio for 3 years full-time now, and have learnt (in effect) that I will never work out what they mean. This is probably a bad lesson. I think I can recognise…

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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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                        • Add "Compare with unmodified" quick view for files in pending changes

                          I find it a bit cumbersome to look through the list of pending changes and do a "Compare with unmodified" for all files in the list. An option to "quick view" changes to a file would be a great time saver!

                          I think this would work great for Git repositories. It would also be a nice feature for "Compare with Latest Version" for TFS hosted projects.

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                          • Option to show only solutions in the recent projects

                            The "Recent Projects" lists shows both projects and solutions. I prefer to only have solutions listed there. An option to filter out projects would be good. Of course, then the name "Recent Projects" is inconsistent. Therefore another possibility would be to provide an option to use either a "Recent Projects" or "Recent Solutions" list.

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                            • Fix "ready" while building in Visual Studio 11

                              Visual Studio 11 shows an intermittent "ready" message in the lower left while it is building a project. The way that it blinks on and off draws your eye, and makes you think that the build is finished when it is not. The result is that when you try to perform the next logical step, such as running the program, you get an error message saying that the build is not complete. This seems to happen in other cases when the IDE is busy as well.

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                              • Recursive import of directory structure and specific file extensions into Solution Explorer

                                Basically, have the ability to point to a folder and specify a few file types (*.cpp, *.h, *hpp) and they get imported in Solution Explorer for the project.

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                                • Prompt to change namespace when moving a file in Solution Explorer

                                  When renaming a file in Solution Explorer, VS prompts you to ask if you want to change the class name to reflect the new file name (if the class name and file name sans extension matched at time of rename).

                                  I would like similar capability when moving a file in Solution Explorer. i.e. when moving a class file from one folder to another, prompt the user to change the namespace of the class (if the existing fully qualified class name and its relative folder path + file name matched at the time of the move).

                                  While namespacing is not required…

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                                  • Add "exclude files" to the "Look in" options under Find and Replace

                                    Add "exclude files" to the "Look in" options under Find and Replace. There are times when certain files are always going to be impertinent to search for, and it would be nice to know that search will not be bogged down by those files.

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                                    • Create a "Run Time References" option that is similar to "References", but only copies the project output.

                                      I have two projects. There is a run-time dependency between the two of them, but not a compile time dependency. (This is commonly done in modular programming.)

                                      To run, it is easiest if the dlls for the projects are in the same folder.

                                      It is easy to just add a reference to make the output of the projects copy to the same folder.

                                      But that adds a compile time dependency. (And makes it all too tempting for other coders to add design time coupling between my two projects.)

                                      So, I need a way to add a reference that is only…

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                                      • Auto-hide status bar

                                        Most of the time the status bar doesn't show any useful information. Could the status bar be auto-hidden like in browsers?

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                                        • Add support for multiple solutions per IDE instance

                                          Most of the time I have multiple (can reach 8 or 9) instances of Visual Studio open and going back and forth between solutions especially when debugging can be painful.

                                          It would make my life easier to have one IDE instance handle multiple solutions. Each solution will be represented by a "Solution Explorer" panel. These panels will be color coded so when code files are opened their tab color will match the respective solution.

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