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  1. 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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      • 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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            • 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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                  1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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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                  • 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 →
                    • 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 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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                            • Allow Generating a Sequence Diagram from Source Code in Shared Project.

                              Is possible to Generating a Sequence Diagram from Source Code (Reference is http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/vstudio/ee317485.aspx)

                              We cannot generate it from projects that share code across multiple apps.

                              Please allow it.

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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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                                • Allow windows that auto-hide to be dismissed by pressing the Escape key even when mouse is over it

                                  Tool windows that are set to auto hide (like Find Results) should get dismissed by pressing the Escape key regardless of the current mouse position. This used to work correctly in editions of Visual Studio prior to VS 10.
                                  This seems to be a general problem with the handling of mouse input where the current position of the mouse causes issues even when the input is via the keyboard. As another example, when the context menu is invoked via the keyboard menu button, the item under the current position of the mouse gets selected, interfering with keyboard navigation of the…

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                                  • Fix extremely slow intellisense for methods with many (thousands) overloads

                                    Intellisense in VS2013 and probably older versions is extremely slow for cases when there are many overloads for the same method e.g. a class Foo has methods Do(...) with thousands of overloads.

                                    This causes intellisense on edits anywhere in the entire file to be extremely sluggish. This is the case when referencing an assembly directly, but it is even worse in the case when the method is from a project in the solution. In this case inspecting devenv.exe with procmon reveals that devenv opens and reads the code-file with the method overloads for each overload, that is thousands of times!

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                                    • Fix Test Explorer output (monospace font and output not via link)

                                      Arguably a great thing with VS2012/2013 was a new faster test executer. However, the new Test Explorer is in almost all ways a lot worse than the old version. One thing particular is that this UI completely disregard normal code fonts and uses a non-monospace font which causes output formatting to not follow normal trace output in the output window. Since every single developer in the world most likely at one point has depended on monospace font to get formatting right in traces this inconsistency is extremely annoying.

                                      Not only the for the fact that to actually get to trace…

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                                      • Console.ForegroundColor Visual Studio in Menu->View->Output tab

                                        When I am writing console application I can change console background or foreground color and make some data more conspicuous.
                                        But when I am writeing non-console application and I use Console.WriteLine it display data in View->Output tab as BLACK text only.
                                        Sometimes I have to copy a lot of data from Output and use it in elsewhere like Excel.
                                        I think it would be a little better when I will be able to use colors in Output tab. I will easily see if there is any Debug exceptions in other color between my data.

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                                        • Autogenerate comments for populating Intellisense

                                          In C#, if you type /// comments, those comments appear in Intellisense.
                                          If you don't have a comment, no intellisense info.
                                          There are tools that will analyze your function names and the types of your parameters and autogenerate sentences to populate the comments.

                                          Any comment that can be autogenerated from the code becomes a maintenance burden. If those comments can be autogenerated from the code, then Intellisense could generate the comments whenever it tries to display a function that has no /// comments. It would save us from adding to our source code maintenance weight and would still give us…

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