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  1. "Quick Find"

    While I appreciate the slimmed down UI footprint of the new Quick Find in VS 2012, there are lot of functional changes that really mess with my normal workflow, and it'd be great to get these fixed and get the behavior closer to the old VS 2010 Ctrl+F behavior.

    - There needs to be an option to populate the find dialog only when there's selected text (ie, what it did in VS 2010). I don't want to have to copy/paste my search terms, but I also don't want to overwrite previous search terms with random single characters from where ever…

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    • Solution folders automatically mapped into physical folders

      Today, if I create solution folder, it is not mapped to the physical folder on my hard drive. Than, if I want to add project into the solution folder, I always have to validate the path, where the new project will be added. In my case, I always wants to have the same physical folder as the solution folder. Turing the creation new solution folder it should be possible to choose, if it will by physical folder or only virtual solution folder (like today).

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      • Add filter in options menu

        I´m not a big fan of eclipse, but i like the filter textbox in the option menus, where you can filter the possible options.

        In VS 2012 there is at least the quick search textbox. But if you´re already in the options menu of the IDE, then it would be very nice to filter the big list of options to quickly access the searched option.

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        • Run scripting files from Visual Studio(batch files, powershell,ruby, python etc.)

          Every time I install a new version of Visual Studio I always end up having to add an external tool to execute batch files that are part of the solution. This should be built in for batch files as well as power shell or ruby, python etc.

          Any time I am editing batch files or simple python or ruby scripts I end up editing the files in Notepad++ so that I can run them directly from the editor.

          9 votes
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          • Printing support

            Better color printing support.

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            • Please move the Open Project / Recent Project back to the left half of the start page

              To me the Open Project and recent projects on the start page is the most important thing... and you moved it WAY over there on the right. I also put the solution explorer on the left which makes it worse.

              Please move it back.. or at least allow my to configure it to show on the left side of the start page.

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              • Changing the Active configuration takes so much of time;

                When you have a project with typically 60-70 projects, changing the configuration from one to the another takes so much time ???? !!!!

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                • Drag and drop between Solution Explorer and Windows Explorer

                  Should be able to copy (or even move, if necessary) a file from Solution Explorer to Windows Explorer via drag-and-drop. (Surprisingly, the reverse direction is already implemented!)

                  The Solution Explorer is similar enough to Explorer that it is somewhat surprising that this well-established convention is not supported bidirectionally.

                  (Similarly, D&D between two instances of Visual Studio ought to work too.)

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                  • 8 votes
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                    • Add function "reopen closed tab"

                      add a function "reopen closed tab " at the tab menu

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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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                        • Include a legend for the icons used for items in Solution Explorer and Object Browser and Intellisense

                          I would like to be able to 'decode' the meaning of the icons which appear all over Solution Explorer and Object Browser and the Intellisense lists. I think I have once found this somewhere on the net but not in the help, and printed it out. Ideally, I would like to have it accessible as a floating window. This is a 'novice' feature I know. I have been using Studio for 3 years full-time now, and have learnt (in effect) that I will never work out what they mean. This is probably a bad lesson. I think I can recognise…

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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…

                            8 votes
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                            • add view front code on code-behind in rightclick

                              When you are in a aspx.cs or ascx.cs files, you can do a rightclick en click the "View Designer" (Shift+F7), but better is to view its code instead of opening the designer, please add this option or alter the "View Designer".

                              8 votes
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                              • Add "close all tabs to the right" feature.

                                Close all tabs to the right of the selected tab. This is something I love in the chrome browser. Combined with allowing to move tabs around, it's an efficient way of getting rid of clutter.

                                7 votes
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                                • Make path of build location in output window as browsable

                                  When project is build we get output path in output window.Usually this built Dll is copied to application location. So every time the output path need to be copied and need to browse to the location.Instead make the output path browse-able(link to folder) that would be helpful.

                                  7 votes
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                                  • VS2012 colored icons

                                    Microsoft, you make a serious error, making VS2012 in a grayscale style. Users must have a choise - use new interface or old, with colored icons.

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                                    • Commit first word suggested by instelliSense by commit keys in C++

                                      In Visual Studio 2012 C++ InteliSense now gives suggestions immediately by typing letters, so the hitting Ctrl+Space in blank area is not necessary. It is very helpful and faster, but options are only "suggested" and it is not possible to commit them by "intellisense commit keys", such as bracket, dot etc. Only option is to hit Tab key, Ctrl+Space key or select "suggestion" by Up/Down arrow keys.

                                      In most of cases the suggestion is right, so it would be helpful to "inverse" behaviour and always select suggestion. Hitting Escape key then can allow free typing.

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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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                                        • Sync windows layout

                                          Now that Visual Studio 2013 allows synchronizing settings across devices (and probably future instances of Visual Studio) it should be possible to also synchronize the layout of the windows.

                                          What I mean is I want to have the same windows opened in the same position (and order) on all machines and instances of Visual Studio. For instance I want to keep the Solution explorer on the right, and I want to have the error window, the output window, the breakpoints window and others on the bottom, in the same order, etc.

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