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  1. 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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    • 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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      • Support LinkResource in Visual Studio 11

        When a managed assembly depends on unmanaged DLLs it always a good ideia to set them as linked resources. It has two BIG advantages:

        1. In VisualStudio, when you add a reference to the managed assembly, the unmanaged DLLs are automatically copied to the output path.

        2. When the managed assembly is added to the GAC, the unmanaged DLLs are automatically copied to the same folder.

        It would be awesome if you added a LinkResource option to the "Build Action" drop down.

        It used to be possible to do this in VS2008 by editing the .target files but I never…

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          • Allow Code Snippets that are part of a solution to be automatically added for use

            A user's snippet library can become quite an unruly place. Currently, the only way to add snippets that are not part of an extension or provided out of the box is to add them to your personal snippet library.

            At many organizations, you may be working in two or more solutions with many projects. It may be helpful to have code snippets defined--some of which only pertain to the current solution. However, the only recourse is to add them all to your personal snippet library.

            As a developer, I want to be able to add code snippets to a Visual…

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            • Allow Generating a Sequence Diagram from Source Code in Shared Project.

              Is possible to Generating a Sequence Diagram from Source Code (Reference is http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/vstudio/ee317485.aspx)

              We cannot generate it from projects that share code across multiple apps.

              Please allow it.

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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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                • Allow windows that auto-hide to be dismissed by pressing the Escape key even when mouse is over it

                  Tool windows that are set to auto hide (like Find Results) should get dismissed by pressing the Escape key regardless of the current mouse position. This used to work correctly in editions of Visual Studio prior to VS 10.
                  This seems to be a general problem with the handling of mouse input where the current position of the mouse causes issues even when the input is via the keyboard. As another example, when the context menu is invoked via the keyboard menu button, the item under the current position of the mouse gets selected, interfering with keyboard navigation of the…

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                  • Support patch adding in Visual Studio Tools for Git

                    Patch adding allows to stage only parts of a file (hunks), not an entire file.
                    The command line equivalent is the command "git add --patch"

                    For example if you edit a file on line 20 and make another change on line 40 and now you want to split this changes into two separate commits because they are unrelated to each other you can do this by patch adding the file. It would be nice to have this functionality available inside of Visual Studio.

                    The same funcionality could be used to automatically include the changed parts of the csproj file when…

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                    • Build progress on taskbar button

                      ChrisTorng commented · April 25, 2012 11:13 · Flag as inappropriate · Delete

                      I would like the progress showing on taskbar button. That let me start the build, go to other program to do something, seeing the progress on taskbar button has done, then go back to IDE, or refresh the modified web page on IE.

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                      • Fix extremely slow intellisense for methods with many (thousands) overloads

                        Intellisense in VS2013 and probably older versions is extremely slow for cases when there are many overloads for the same method e.g. a class Foo has methods Do(...) with thousands of overloads.

                        This causes intellisense on edits anywhere in the entire file to be extremely sluggish. This is the case when referencing an assembly directly, but it is even worse in the case when the method is from a project in the solution. In this case inspecting devenv.exe with procmon reveals that devenv opens and reads the code-file with the method overloads for each overload, that is thousands of times!

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                        • Fix Test Explorer output (monospace font and output not via link)

                          Arguably a great thing with VS2012/2013 was a new faster test executer. However, the new Test Explorer is in almost all ways a lot worse than the old version. One thing particular is that this UI completely disregard normal code fonts and uses a non-monospace font which causes output formatting to not follow normal trace output in the output window. Since every single developer in the world most likely at one point has depended on monospace font to get formatting right in traces this inconsistency is extremely annoying.

                          Not only the for the fact that to actually get to trace…

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                          • Console.ForegroundColor Visual Studio in Menu->View->Output tab

                            When I am writing console application I can change console background or foreground color and make some data more conspicuous.
                            But when I am writeing non-console application and I use Console.WriteLine it display data in View->Output tab as BLACK text only.
                            Sometimes I have to copy a lot of data from Output and use it in elsewhere like Excel.
                            I think it would be a little better when I will be able to use colors in Output tab. I will easily see if there is any Debug exceptions in other color between my data.

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                            • Undo changes for team explorer files with pending changes which are not different from their latest version (have zero differences from late

                              When working on moderately large code bases one can end up with a lot of files in Team Explorer which have pending changes, but are not different from the latest version on the remote repository server. It would be nice to have a VS feature that undoes changes for the files in the pending changes list, that are not different from their latest version. This would help with the merging process and save some time.

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                              • Allow to change code font size at different monitor

                                Some developers use several monitor (2 or 3 or more) to coding with Visual Studio, it supports code editor displays in different monitor, but if monitor place as vertical, code font is smaller and can't adjust for best view. Please consider and add this function into VS IDE font editor.

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                                • Autogenerate comments for populating Intellisense

                                  In C#, if you type /// comments, those comments appear in Intellisense.
                                  If you don't have a comment, no intellisense info.
                                  There are tools that will analyze your function names and the types of your parameters and autogenerate sentences to populate the comments.

                                  Any comment that can be autogenerated from the code becomes a maintenance burden. If those comments can be autogenerated from the code, then Intellisense could generate the comments whenever it tries to display a function that has no /// comments. It would save us from adding to our source code maintenance weight and would still give us…

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                                  • MSBuild script generator for continous integration

                                    There should be some UI that allows you to generate MSBuild, hook pre-build, post-build (c#, code) tasks such as versioning of code, comit, email, run db scripts, zip, etc. All these tasks can be custom written by implementing interfaces so that they can be extended and can be used as projects require.

                                    This will be very helpful for any project using continous integration processes using any 3rd party suites. Enteprises waste lot of time and effort in creating build scripts which can be automated and made easier with Visual Studio.

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                                    • To make Visual Studio an empty IDE.

                                      I suggest you to make VS and empty IDE which I can download languages in it instead of making many softwares (EG: VB, VC#) which the size of each on 250/300 MB and it is almost the same and the difference between it is the language which I'll use in each software.

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                                        • Remove default feature for following current document in Solution Explorer

                                          Instead of following the selected document within the Solution Explorer a feature could be added to the right click menu of the document or the document's tab to Open in Solution Explorer. This would allow one to conveniently trace back to where the document exists in the solution but without the sometimes unwanted side effect of having your current selected node in Solution Explorer lost just because a different document was activated/selected/focused in the IDE>

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