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  1. 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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      1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Rename the project folder when renaming a project

      When renaming a project an option to rename the project folder will popup

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      • Improve support for multiple users using Web Deploy Publish Preview

        The Preview pane of the Web Publishing dialog in Visual Studio works quite nicely when you're the only developer working on the codebase. However, it seems to fall down when multiple developers publish. It includes a lot of phantom changes in the list (once you drill in, the two panes of the diff are the same).

        Perhaps the information used to detect changed files could be cached on the web application that is being published to. Of anything, that would be a great publish profile option.

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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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          • 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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            • Rename items in "Recent" list on Start Page

              At my company, I can be working in different source branches at the same time, meaning I can have a list of many different recent projects on the Start Page. However, since all the solution files are named the same (just in different branches), I have to hover over each item in the list to see where it is physically located to determine which one I need to open.

              If we had the ability to rename the entries in the "Recent" list, I could give each item a name that tells me which branch that specific solution is in.

              It's…

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              • 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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                • 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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                  • 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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                      • refactor - Extract String to Resource File

                        I would like an integrated "Extract this string to a resource file" option on strings in the IDE to make it easier to develop cross-culture applications.

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                        • Remove the Ctrl+Click to open a URL

                          This feature is hyper annoying.

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                          • Allow XML documentation to be embedded into assemblies

                            At the moment, XML documentation is generated alongside an assembly as a separate .xml file. When distributing, care must be taken to keep both files together.

                            It would be nice if we could somehow embed the XML file directly into the assembly as a resource, ensuring that the documentation and assembly can never be separated.

                            This would increase the size of the assembly, but a) in many situations ease of distribution is a greater concern than size, and b) we can always distribute a second version of our assembly with the documentation removed (i.e. include docs in 'debug' builds but…

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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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                              • 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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                                • Alphabetized order of <Compile...> entries within <ItemGroup> in csproj

                                  Compile entries within <ItemGroup>s within the csproj file should be sorted in a consistent order.

                                  As described in http://stackoverflow.com/questions/20563017/sorted-order-of-files-in-csproj, maintaining a consistent sorted order of <Compile> entries would mainly benefit the resolution of merge conflicts.

                                  It would always be clear where a file belongs, and simply changing order (e.g. Remove a file from project, re-include the file) would not lead to visible changes in a diff.

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                                  • Add a table-of-content-window listing all procedures and other items of the current code file.

                                    The content should be similar to what is available in the drop-down lists at the top of the C# editor, but it should be in a window docked to the side of the IDE.
                                    There should be some sorting and grouping options.
                                    The CodeMaid add-in is doing it right, but such basic functionality should be a standard part of VS, so it is also available for the Express editions.

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                                    • Create a way to set global IDE settings for a development team

                                      The idea is for a development team to be able to sync their IDE settings to a global, master settings configuration.

                                      For example, a master configuration for how Code Formatting should work (e.g. Tools -> Options -> C# -> Whitespace formatting) and then each member in a VSO team could then sync with that master configuration.

                                      This would help teams stay in sync with code conventions, etc.

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                                      • 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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