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      C:\Foo\Bar\Mine.sln(1): error IDE4711: The selected file is a solution file, but was created by a newer version of this application and cannot be opened.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

                        It would be helpful to have italics and underline as an option. (and perhaps strikethrough)
                        I'd also like to be able to distinguish static items from non-static ones or globals from locals, etc.
                        Resharper adds some options already, but you can only use color and boldness.
                        Being able to underline static items but use he same color might be more clear than a bunch of different colors all over the place.

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

                              21 votes
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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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                                • nuget package manager update all packages locks window

                                  When clicking Update All Packages within Nuget Package Manager, the update dialog window locks up while the packages are being installed.
                                  If there are many packages being updated, the IDE does not respond while packages are being installed.

                                  This can be easily simulated by attempting to update three or more packages using nugget package manager.

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                                  • Show properties info of a class when mouse over

                                    Show properties info of a class when mouse over. look at picture attached

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                                    • Allow Code Snippets that are part of a solution to be automatically added for use

                                      A user's snippet library can become quite an unruly place. Currently, the only way to add snippets that are not part of an extension or provided out of the box is to add them to your personal snippet library.

                                      At many organizations, you may be working in two or more solutions with many projects. It may be helpful to have code snippets defined--some of which only pertain to the current solution. However, the only recourse is to add them all to your personal snippet library.

                                      As a developer, I want to be able to add code snippets to a Visual…

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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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                                        • 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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