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  1. 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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      1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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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      • 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        C:\Foo\Bar\Mine.sln(1): error IDE4711: The selected file is a solution file, but was created by a newer version of this application and cannot be opened.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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          2 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 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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            3 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 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 →
            • 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.

              26 votes
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              • Add button To Clear The Application Cache Without Resetting The AppDomain

                Allow us to clear the iiscache without having to reset iis or recycle the application pool. While developing we have to manually clear the cache and the current process is time consuming using iisreset (which doesn't always work) or through IIS.

                Add a button within the IDE that clears the cache of the current solution.

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                  0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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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                    1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Support patch adding in Visual Studio Tools for Git

                    Patch adding allows to stage only parts of a file (hunks), not an entire file.
                    The command line equivalent is the command "git add --patch"

                    For example if you edit a file on line 20 and make another change on line 40 and now you want to split this changes into two separate commits because they are unrelated to each other you can do this by patch adding the file. It would be nice to have this functionality available inside of Visual Studio.

                    The same funcionality could be used to automatically include the changed parts of the csproj file when…

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                      1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add Syntax Highlighting/Intellisense inside SQL Strings in C-Sharp/VB Files

                      The SQL Server Database Tools and SQL Server Management Studio tools are excellent, but it would be super helpful if Visual Studio also did SQL syntax highlighting and intellisense inside of SQL strings in files other than those with .sql extensions. Namely, C-Sharp and VB files.

                      Doing simple queries with an inline string is an incredibly common pattern, so actually having some intellisense and/or compilation warnings would be great.

                      This would enable a much more efficient development story for cases where using something like Dapper.net is preferable over a heavier OR/M like EntityFramework.

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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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                          3 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Find should default to Current Document, Entire Solution, depending on context

                          VS2010 would default the Find dialog scope to the Current Document if hitting Ctrl-f from within a document; and Entire Solution if selecting Edit->Find and Replace->Find In Files / Replace in Files.

                          Visual Studio 11 does not seem to have this capability. It appears to always use the last specified scope. If I last searched within Current Document, clicking Edit->Find and Replace->Find In Files still shows Current Document as the scope, when I actually wanted Entire Solution.

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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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                            • 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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                              • Lock/Unlock Docked Window Layout

                                It's way too easy, especially using touch screen, to accidentally undock windows while performing common tasks in the IDE, such as clicking a tab to switch between windows docked in the same tray or to manually resize a tray by dragging one of its edges. Undocking a window accidentally is distracting and frustrating.

                                Please include a feature to toggle between locking and unlocking the docked window layout. Preferably, a menu option, though maybe some people would want a command bar button as well.

                                Typically, we'd leave the layout locked until we need to change it for some reason, such as…

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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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                                  • "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.

                                    21 votes
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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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                                      • Add a "Go to Definition in New Tab" option to the context menu in the class editor.

                                        Pretty self-explanatory. Make the IDE able to open a "Go To Definition" request in a new tab so that the current tab remains at the current location (making it so that you can easily find definitions for multiple items without loosing your mind).

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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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