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  1. 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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      2 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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 →
      • 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…

          16 votes
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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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              • 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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                  0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Remove the Ctrl+Click to open a URL

                  This feature is hyper annoying.

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                  • 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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                      2 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add custom window layouts that I can shortcut to

                      I find a lot of the time my windows don't save like I like them to. Or they change and then I need to re-set them up.

                      Sometimes I want certain windows while I'm debugging and other ones when coding or unit testing.

                      I would like to setup different layouts for my windows and be able to save them indepently of each other. And then be able to switch to them with a keyboard shortcut.

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                        0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add some primitive UML editing into Premium edition

                        Please add some primitive ablity to edit some (Class diagram, Sequence diagram) to VS Premium or Pro version.
                        The main reason to do this is that UML is the common language for teams, and part of standart, not all team members have Ultimate license and they dont have this ability to communicate.
                        In this case to maintain common standart all teams reject VS UML from theirs workflow.
                        I think, that most simple features (drawing, commenting) should be allowed in Premium or Pro edition.

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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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                          • I wish there were some means of tracking favorite projects in Visual Studio

                            I'm a developer for an insurance company, and I basically have two kinds of projects I work on. The first kind are recurring services that I have to go into several times a week. The other are one-off projects I may work on for several days, but then seldom have to open again. But I do so many of the latter that it can be hard to find the former. If there were something like a favorites menu whose contents I could control, it would make it much easier to zero in the recurring processes when I need to get…

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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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                              • Ability to close the solution from a context menu on the solution file in the Solution Explorer

                                To close a solution, you have to go to File -> Close Solution. I do most of my work in the Solution Explorer already, so being able to close the solution on the context menu when right-clicking on the solution file within the Solution Explorer would be nice.

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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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                                  • Hide rarely used context menu items

                                    Hide/Collapse rarely used context menu items
                                    Provide option to show hidden menu items

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                                      • Support asp.net mvc 2 projects in visual studio 2012 and vNext

                                        Right now you can't open asp.net mvc 2 project in visual studio 2012 without doing a little hack as described in this answer:
                                        http://stackoverflow.com/questions/13424079/how-do-i-open-an-mvc-2-project-in-visual-studio-2012
                                        Then you can normally work with this project but you loose tooling support (no "Add Controller, View etc.")
                                        There are a lot of MVC 2 projects out there and it seems it's not such a hard thing to bring back this support. So please, do it.

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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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