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  1. 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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    • 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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      • 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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          • 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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            • 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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              • 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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                • 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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                  • 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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                    • Improve working offline

                      Two suggestions:

                      - When VS cannot connect to TFS when opening a solution, the alternatives in the popup window should be "Try again", "Work offline" or "Cancel". This way you can decide how to deal with the connection issue yourself instead of automatically opening offline.

                      - The "Go Online" button is great. What I really miss is the "Go offline". I work on my way to home after work for example, and then you often go from a connected state and where you can't connect to TFS anymore. Now you have to close the whole solution and then open it…

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                      • My solution explorer in VS has 30 projects. Could you make hight-tech addition and insert in solution explorer combobox on top, so I can se

                        My solution explorer in VS has 30 projects (sometimes 50). Could you make hight-tech addition and insert in solution explorer combobox on top, so I can select needed project faster. Please :). I'm dreaming about this since VS 2003.

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                        • Use columns in the History List

                          Here's the current screenshot of the History List - http://goo.gl/jmE6E

                          The primary problem with this is there is two clear columns and they don't use them.

                          File list should be all start at the same Y point (which they do) and the lines of code should all start at the same Y point. This is obvious. It's the same problem we've had to deal with in the find result windows.

                          Also using a bit of colour (preferably syntax highlighting) would help.

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                          • Add in Solution Explorer Buttons

                            Many projekttypes fokus only a loot of items like classes, pages, windows and something like that.

                            If a folder marked, the solution explorer can show some buttons to add least recently used items or user spezificated button used items. this will add classes or something like that faster.

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                            • Add "exclude files" to the "Look in" options under Find and Replace

                              Add "exclude files" to the "Look in" options under Find and Replace. There are times when certain files are always going to be impertinent to search for, and it would be nice to know that search will not be bogged down by those files.

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                              • Add Favorites bar and/or menu to VS IDE for frequently accessed files

                                I'm usually working with fairly large solutions, sometimes several at once. Some of these solutions have over 100 projects. Since we have encapsulated everything under the sun, working on a feature typically involves many, if not dozens, of files. It is very time consuming to navigate to all of these files because there just isn't enough room in the Solution Explorer pane to show them all. Please add a Favorites bar WITH FOLDERS that we can drag or pin files to for one-click access. I navigate the web with IE through its Favorites bar most of the time. Maybe see…

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                                • Different icon for project reference and assembly reference

                                  Would be nice to easily differentiate a project reference to an assembly reference by changing the icon under a projects references.

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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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                                    • 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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                                      • "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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                                        • Support Data Breakpoints for C#

                                          Data Breakpoints are very useful when debugging state issues as they break into the debugger when the value of a variable changes.

                                          It is currently only supported in C/C++

                                          Please extend support to C# and the other managed languages. We need it badly. The reason there is no uservoice suggestion is that most NET Developers don't know it exists in C++

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