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  1. 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 →
    • 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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        0 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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          4 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Open many solution in one IDE

          One solution per window - horrible!
          Or do this optional in settings.
          Normal like in Netbeans.

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            0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 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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              0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 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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                0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 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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                  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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                    7 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Remove the Ctrl+Click to open a URL

                    This feature is hyper annoying.

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                      0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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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                        0 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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                              3 comments  ·  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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                              • A way to remove the default blue box Adorner when editing WPF Controls at Design-Time

                                As I wrote on this post:

                                http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/de3211d5-ce18-4275-a555-f8c168c34c35/how-to-disable-default-design-time-adorner?forum=visualstudiogeneral

                                would be useful to remove the defalut blue box Design-Time adorner so that a user can provide it own Design-Time adorner with its custom appearance on a custom WPF Control.

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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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                                  • Hide rarely used context menu items

                                    Hide/Collapse rarely used context menu items
                                    Provide option to show hidden menu items

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                                    • Object Browser window honor the IDE profile language

                                      If I don't have any project opened in the Solution Explorer, the Object Browser window will show information in C# syntax. This is very inconvenient for non-C# developers.

                                      I'd suggest that if I choose the IDE profile as C++ developer, for example, the Object Browser window should honor that and show classes/functions in C++ syntax.

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                                      • Share all comments in Task List for VC++ projects

                                        It works well for C# projects in the same solution, but it doesn't work for VC++ projects, I mean that it doesn’t share all comments in default in Task List window for VC++ app if you add them in different project files in the same solution.

                                        See: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/c413b476-66bc-46be-bda8-e2cd910f1466/c-project-task-list-in-visual-studio-2012-ultimate?forum=visualstudiogeneral

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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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