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  1. 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 →
    • 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 "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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        • 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 →
          • 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 →
            • 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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                4 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 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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                  2 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • "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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                      2 comments  ·  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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                      • 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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                          • 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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                            • 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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                              • 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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                                  • Make C/C++ compiler (cl.exe) independent of IDE

                                    Consider a node.js developer, who builds native addon module using node-gyp in C++.

                                    Node-gyp require MSVCR to compiler the project on Windows. If I am using sublime for my JS and C++ development, I would like to only take C++ compiler and libraries instead of installing plethora of stuff that I don't require.

                                    Original concern was posed here: http://stackoverflow.com/q/26959640/.

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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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                                      • 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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