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  1. 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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      0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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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        0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • "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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          0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 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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          • 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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              0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 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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              • Named Solution Explorer Views

                If I create a new scoped solution explorer view I would like to me able to rename the tab. Or even just use the top level folder name. For eample I like having a ViewModels and Views scoped solution explorer in tabs and would like the tabs named accordingly. Currently all tabs are named solution explorer. See crude drawing attached.

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                  1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Change the default behavior when opening Recent slns from the Win taskbar to Run As Administrator if the pinned shortcut has that enabled

                  This functionality is currently useless as the user will have to reopen VS 2012 again if the solution has Run as Administrator requirements.

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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.

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                      0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • enable users to create vertical tab group and be able to maximize to a single screen in multiple monitor support

                      I have three monitors at work. I was looking forward to get multiple monitor support in VS2010, but I can't see how to do the on thing that I wanted to do which is to tab code windows on another monitor. It's possible to float a code window, but it's impossible to create a Vertical Tab Group and maximize it to a single screen, therefore it's hard to display several code windows on a single screen. I would highly suggest allowing tabbed code windows to be moved to a separate monitor.

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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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                            • Bring back the "VISUAL" in visual studio

                              Visual studio used to look really great. However, everything about the 2012/13/14 interface looks.. amateurish.

                              -The icon looks like something a 3 year old did.

                              -The lack of depth makes the whole thing jump into my face. Please bring back the "line work" with contrast.

                              We have incredibly high resolution monitors that can render beautiful images. To go all grey is such a step backwards.

                              In the old days people scrambled to get color monitors just to get away from the ho-hum grayness of working with a machine all day. To send us backwards is irritating at best and abusive…

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                                • Add function "reopen closed tab"

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

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                                  • Display a red dot on VS icon when there are unsaved changes

                                    Project changes are easy to forget to save. Adding new files for example, does not automatically save the project, so unless you press "save all", when you commit into source control (i'm not talking about integrated source control) then the project file is missed.

                                    This is the reason things like this exist:
                                    https://github.com/xpaulbettsx/saveallthetime

                                    How about a simple red dot on the VS icon in the taskbar when there are unsaved changes? Use the same red dot that is used in the files tab.

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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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                                      • 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".

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                                        • Multiple Monitor Support

                                          Add Better Multiple Monitor Support.
                                          While you can free-float containers in other monitors, I would like to see the ability to add "Child" Visual Studio MDI Containers to other monitors. This would allow a user to move controls from one Container to another, dock, expand, maximize, etc. This should also support multiple "Tabs" of code in each container as well.

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