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  1. 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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      • 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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        • 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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            • 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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                    • 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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                      • 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 usiing T4 template in Shared Project

                          The new shred project is great feature. But, curentry, we can no use T4 template in shared project. I hope it can be.

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                            • Provide option to turn off "Source Control - Team Foundation" Output Window messages

                              I find that these messages provide little value, to me at least, and are constantly interrupting my workflow whenever I take action on files that are automatically checked-out.

                              I use two monitors, and have all tool windows on the second monitor maximized so that my primary monitor only displays the code page. When I am executing an activity in Solution Explorer, for example, that causes automatic TFS checkout of a file that is the focus of my attention, I am switched away from Solution Explorer to the Output Window showing output from "Source Control - Team Foundation". Honestly I don't…

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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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                                • Allow ReadOnly Modeling Projects for Premium and Professional versions of Visual Studio

                                  Well, as soon as the ALM Assessment Rangers Workbook has a question in Architecture & Design Spreadsheet asking if all of the team members have access to all the project diagrams, it makes sense that all Visual Studio versions have at least Read Only access to the modeling project.

                                  Nowadays, to accomplish it, I need to manually export the diagrams and publish it on any portal, like Sharepoint.

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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 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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                                      • Improve performance of the ASP.NET Editor

                                        When an ASP.NET page gets complicated with around 20 textboxes and 20 labels for example. The performance of Visual Studio grinds to a very slow crawl. It can often take 30 seconds for the property window to catch up when you change controls. Saving the page can often take up to 15 seconds. Trying to use the editor in design mode at all becomes almost unusable.

                                        Another problem I noticed on these types of pages is if you select 5 or 10 text boxes at once and attempt to change a common property such as the max length property. The…

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                                        • Provide an option to display CodeLens beside declarations rather than above.

                                          CodeLens is extremely useful, but I don't like that it adds an extra [fractional] line which isn't really "there" into the visual flow of my code on the page. This is made worse by the fact that CodeLens takes a brief moment to load, so when a code file is first opened, it appears as if there are many extra blank lines (very obvious & distracting when these 'blank' CodeLens spaces appear beneath doc comments or attributes but above the declarations they decorate).

                                          If there were an option to display these annotations off to the right side of a declaration…

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