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  1. 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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      0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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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        0 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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        • 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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            0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 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 →
            • 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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              • Group or "super tabs" in the VS IDE so that the designer surface and code editor are always together

                I know that you have F7 and SHIFT+F7 to toggle between designer surface and code behind in a web forms webpage or a windows/wpf form, I would like to see the option of a single tab in the IDE for these two views combined and two tabs within that container (one for the designer surface and one for the code). That way, the two can always be kept together which would be useful when navigating the mouse, i.e. reflect the hierarchy visualised in the Solutions explorer on the tabs of opened solution elements.

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                  5 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 →
                  • 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 →
                    • 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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                        1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 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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                          2 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Embed a code sharing store

                          The idea is pretty simple: When I am coding, I often wonder how many people already have implemented the same thing. On the other hand I would be more motivated to share my work online, earning some money for it.
                          The code store should contain something like an “offline function tester”, so I don’t see the developer’s code but am still able to test my parameters to the functions and classes. A nice and simple user interface, connected with my credit card or PayPal account, would complete the perfect package.

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

                                18 votes
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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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                                    • Provide an option to display CodeLens beside declarations rather than above.

                                      CodeLens is extremely useful, but I don't like that it adds an extra [fractional] line which isn't really "there" into the visual flow of my code on the page. This is made worse by the fact that CodeLens takes a brief moment to load, so when a code file is first opened, it appears as if there are many extra blank lines (very obvious & distracting when these 'blank' CodeLens spaces appear beneath doc comments or attributes but above the declarations they decorate).

                                      If there were an option to display these annotations off to the right side of a declaration…

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                                      • Provide option to turn off "Source Control - Team Foundation" Output Window messages

                                        I find that these messages provide little value, to me at least, and are constantly interrupting my workflow whenever I take action on files that are automatically checked-out.

                                        I use two monitors, and have all tool windows on the second monitor maximized so that my primary monitor only displays the code page. When I am executing an activity in Solution Explorer, for example, that causes automatic TFS checkout of a file that is the focus of my attention, I am switched away from Solution Explorer to the Output Window showing output from "Source Control - Team Foundation". Honestly I don't…

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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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