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  1. 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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        2 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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        • 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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          • 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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            • Remove the Ctrl+Click to open a URL

              This feature is hyper annoying.

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              • 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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                    2 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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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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                        3 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 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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                        • Put main menu into window title bar

                          Why do we wasting so much space to title bar?
                          We have only three buttons at right side and one on left plus title and many empty space. I think it is worth to put main menu there.
                          Title can be displayed in status bar for example, or at task bar.

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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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                            • A way to remove the default blue box Adorner when editing WPF Controls at Design-Time

                              As I wrote on this post:

                              http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/de3211d5-ce18-4275-a555-f8c168c34c35/how-to-disable-default-design-time-adorner?forum=visualstudiogeneral

                              would be useful to remove the defalut blue box Design-Time adorner so that a user can provide it own Design-Time adorner with its custom appearance on a custom WPF Control.

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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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                                • Hide rarely used context menu items

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

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                                  • Make quick find optional (PLEASE)

                                    Please make the Quick Find 'feature' (the one that come over from the Productivity Power Tools) optional in VS2012. At the very least, make an optional to stop highlighting every match in the file as I type each individual letter. When I press the letter e, I never ever ever want to wait 3 seconds just so I can see every single letter e highlighted in the document. It is infuriating.

                                    Performance gets much more frustrating with regular expression searches. Find is supposed to be fast, particularly when I know what I'm looking for is in the file I'm already…

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                                    • Move Code Lens to the left-side instead of above my references!

                                      When it is above my references, it stretches the height of my code. I don't like that at all. I work hard to get my code tight.

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                                      • Support LinkResource in Visual Studio 11

                                        When a managed assembly depends on unmanaged DLLs it always a good ideia to set them as linked resources. It has two BIG advantages:

                                        1. In VisualStudio, when you add a reference to the managed assembly, the unmanaged DLLs are automatically copied to the output path.

                                        2. When the managed assembly is added to the GAC, the unmanaged DLLs are automatically copied to the same folder.

                                        It would be awesome if you added a LinkResource option to the "Build Action" drop down.

                                        It used to be possible to do this in VS2008 by editing the .target files but I never…

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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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