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  1. 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 →
        • 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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          • 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 →
            • 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 →
              • 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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                  4 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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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                      4 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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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                      • 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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                        • 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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                          • 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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                              2 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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                              • Lite mode for Visual Studio

                                A light weight mode for Visual Studio that is code focused. In this mode all installed languages would be recognised by the editor, including mark-up languages like HTML, CSS and XAML, etc. The IDE would still provide intellisense and refactoring tools/addins should still be able to function. However, in "lite mode" no visual designers would be available, nor would they be loaded into memory.

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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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                                  • Lock/Unlock Docked Window Layout

                                    It's way too easy, especially using touch screen, to accidentally undock windows while performing common tasks in the IDE, such as clicking a tab to switch between windows docked in the same tray or to manually resize a tray by dragging one of its edges. Undocking a window accidentally is distracting and frustrating.

                                    Please include a feature to toggle between locking and unlocking the docked window layout. Preferably, a menu option, though maybe some people would want a command bar button as well.

                                    Typically, we'd leave the layout locked until we need to change it for some reason, such as…

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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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                                        • 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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