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  1. Add option "Do not include new projects in build for active solution configurations "

    Every time we add new project to the Solution, VS is including new project for build in all active solution configurations. After that, we have to uncheck that project for most active configurations because we don't want to build it. Can you provide option:

    "Do not include new projects in build for active solution configurations "

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      0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Enable Abstract Syntax Tree Source Files via Roslyn

      Now that Roslyn is available (or will be available), it is time for Visual Studio to start thinking in files that represent Abstract Syntax Trees (ASTs), or .ast files. .ast files are the actual source files that are checked into source control. When an .ast file is loaded into Visual Studio, the developer's "formatting preference configuration" is applied to the .ast file to display the file to the preference of the developer.

      Formatting preference configurations would include things like:
      - Spaces or Tabs for tabbing
      - Braces on same line as method declaration or below
      - Spaces around symbols
      -…

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        9 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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 →
        • 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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          • 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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            • Bring back the "VISUAL" in visual studio

              Visual studio used to look really great. However, everything about the 2012/13/14 interface looks.. amateurish.

              -The icon looks like something a 3 year old did.

              -The lack of depth makes the whole thing jump into my face. Please bring back the "line work" with contrast.

              We have incredibly high resolution monitors that can render beautiful images. To go all grey is such a step backwards.

              In the old days people scrambled to get color monitors just to get away from the ho-hum grayness of working with a machine all day. To send us backwards is irritating at best and abusive…

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                6 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • When plugins slow down VS startup time state which plugin is causing the problem

                When Visual Studio has plugins like NCrunch or Resharper installed. Startup times are affected on some pc's.

                If it is taking a very long time to load, VS should state which plugin is causing the problem and clear the package cache and give option to disable anything that is locking up the solution.

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                • 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 →
                  • 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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                      1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Expose an API to be able to extend or take advantage of CodeLens features in extensions.

                      The CodeLens feature of VS2013 Ultimate was the most exciting thing in VS2013 Ultimate, yet it is severely limited and underused. Its source control only integrates Microsoft-friendly source control, which is really quite greedy from you guys, considering the price of the Ultimate package... I understand you are pushing your own products, but denying support for the most widely used source control packages in favor of your own runner in a premium-only feature is pretty poor. Don't be a Grinch.

                      I would like to be able to write extensions to support other source control packages like SVN or CVS through…

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                      • Fix Find and Replace > Replace in Files so finds all matches before re-searching skipped matches

                        In VS Find and Replace > Replace in Files seems to repeatedly search skipped matches before finding new matches.

                        I end up skipping through more and more previously searched files and skipped matches, just to find new matches. The Skip File option doesn't seem to help.

                        Fix the Replace in Files feature so that it cycles through all files before returning to skipped matches.

                        Bug Reports:
                        https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/888753/replace-in-files-searches-skipped-matches-after-replace
                        http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/786695/bug-in-search-and-replace-in-entire-solution

                        Stack Overflow Question:
                        http://stackoverflow.com/questions/21711125/visual-studio-replace-in-files-searches-skipped-matches-after-each-replace

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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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                          • Enable building and running of a single source code file

                            I compete on algorithmic competitions website called TopCoder. I have a plugin that creates .cs file when I open a problem on TopCoder. It's a daunting task to load this .cs file in VS and start solving the problem. The real issue is that solving a problem is timed, so if I loose 2min creating a project and adding a single file to the project, I loose points.

                            Not to mention that there are three problems (each with own Main function) and it's impossible in VS to test all three problems within a single project.

                            Also, it would be great…

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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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                              • 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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                                • 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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                                  • 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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                                    • Enable Fonts and Color Settings Import / Export for Specific Chapters

                                      The "Font and Colors" setting in the "Options" dialog of Visual Studio contain several - I'd like to call it - 'chapters' like "Text Editor", "All Text Tool Windows", and so forth.

                                      Exporting / importing the fonts and colors settings, I am not able to select the 'chapter', means I have to take all or nothing from my understanding. Importing the dark theme fonts and colors affects not only the text editor settings (the window to edit the source code), but also the other windows like Output, Solution Explorer, ...

                                      I would like to copy / export / import only…

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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 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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