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  1. 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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      3 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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          1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 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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          • 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…

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              0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add a keyboard shortcut for switching between tab groups.

              Currently you offer shortcuts for switching between active documents via Control + F6 or Control + Tab. However, for those of us who lay out our documents spatially, cycling through documents in all tab groups when we just want to get to the other visible document isn't an ideal scenario, and really breaks our flow.

              I'd love for Window.NextTabGroup and Window.PrevTabGroup actions to be added so I can quickly hop between editors.

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                2 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 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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                  1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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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                    5 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 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 →
                    • 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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                        2 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 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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                          2 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • 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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                          • Allow multiple windows for search results

                            Search in files only supports two windows for search results. Old results are permanently discarded and new results are displayed in one of the two windows.

                            Add support for multiple search result windows.

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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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                              • Make search behave like Notepad++'s

                                Instead of the tool windows "Find Results 1" and "Find Results 2", I'd find a search like Notepad++ much more usefull: just keep track of past searches behind an expandable [+]

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                                  4 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • 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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                                  • Floating Toolbars in VS IDE

                                    I just upgraded to VS2012 from VS2008. In VS2008, I was able to float the Debug toolbar over the current document window and shape the toolbar in a square or rectangle. I would position the toolbar just to the right of the code I was debugging. It was very convenient to have the toolbar so close to my code.

                                    I can't do this in VS2012. I would like the ability to do this added back into the VS IDE.

                                    I have added a screen shot of VS2008 to show you what I mean.

                                    Thanks.

                                    - Eric

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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 color to the solution explorer

                                        I like the white theme in general, but I find it difficult to distinguish what type of file/TFS Status something is when they all look the same. If you kept to the minimalistic approach, that would be fine. Just some more contrast would be amazing.

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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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