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  1. 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 →
    • Add intellisense reset option

      Intellisense crashes frequently on certain pages, leading to the frustrating scenario of having to close and reopen a page just to get intellisense working again.

      While it seems that you can't fix it, a simple way of quickly resetting it without having to close the tab, like you can with SQL Server, would make this frequent bug less annoying.

      This seems to have started happening in VS2012 and has got worse in VS2013 and you can see the extent of the problem on this SO post, with over 31,000 views in 1 year.

      http://stackoverflow.com/questions/13375961/visual-studio-2012-intellisense-sometimes-disappearing-broken

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      • 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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        • 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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            • Prompt to change namespace when moving a file in Solution Explorer

              When renaming a file in Solution Explorer, VS prompts you to ask if you want to change the class name to reflect the new file name (if the class name and file name sans extension matched at time of rename).

              I would like similar capability when moving a file in Solution Explorer. i.e. when moving a class file from one folder to another, prompt the user to change the namespace of the class (if the existing fully qualified class name and its relative folder path + file name matched at the time of the move).

              While namespacing is not required…

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              • 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 →
                • 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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                  • Add more options for Syntax Coloring

                    It would be helpful to have italics and underline as an option. (and perhaps strikethrough)
                    I'd also like to be able to distinguish static items from non-static ones or globals from locals, etc.
                    Resharper adds some options already, but you can only use color and boldness.
                    Being able to underline static items but use he same color might be more clear than a bunch of different colors all over the place.

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                    • 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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                        1 comment  ·  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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                        • 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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                          • Create a new project type for the front-end projects (SPAs)

                            SPA is becoming a new trend in web development, but Visual Studio doesn't yet support splitting web applications into two separate projects - one for the front-end (Angular, Ember, React etc.), and another one - backend code (ASP.NET Web API, SignalR etc.), yet allowing to build and run them as a single web application. The directory layout you are currently enforce to use is not suitable for SPA applications. That is one of the reasons why many web developers switch from ASP.NET development to GO and other technologies.

                            It would be nice if VIsual Studio would support a directory layout…

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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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                              • 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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                                  • 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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                                    • 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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                                      • 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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