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  1. 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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      1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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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      • 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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          • Allow windows that auto-hide to be dismissed by pressing the Escape key even when mouse is over it

            Tool windows that are set to auto hide (like Find Results) should get dismissed by pressing the Escape key regardless of the current mouse position. This used to work correctly in editions of Visual Studio prior to VS 10.
            This seems to be a general problem with the handling of mouse input where the current position of the mouse causes issues even when the input is via the keyboard. As another example, when the context menu is invoked via the keyboard menu button, the item under the current position of the mouse gets selected, interfering with keyboard navigation of the…

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            • Fix extremely slow intellisense for methods with many (thousands) overloads

              Intellisense in VS2013 and probably older versions is extremely slow for cases when there are many overloads for the same method e.g. a class Foo has methods Do(...) with thousands of overloads.

              This causes intellisense on edits anywhere in the entire file to be extremely sluggish. This is the case when referencing an assembly directly, but it is even worse in the case when the method is from a project in the solution. In this case inspecting devenv.exe with procmon reveals that devenv opens and reads the code-file with the method overloads for each overload, that is thousands of times!

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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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                • 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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                  • Console.ForegroundColor Visual Studio in Menu->View->Output tab

                    When I am writing console application I can change console background or foreground color and make some data more conspicuous.
                    But when I am writeing non-console application and I use Console.WriteLine it display data in View->Output tab as BLACK text only.
                    Sometimes I have to copy a lot of data from Output and use it in elsewhere like Excel.
                    I think it would be a little better when I will be able to use colors in Output tab. I will easily see if there is any Debug exceptions in other color between my data.

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                      2 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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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                      • Allow to change code font size at different monitor

                        Some developers use several monitor (2 or 3 or more) to coding with Visual Studio, it supports code editor displays in different monitor, but if monitor place as vertical, code font is smaller and can't adjust for best view. Please consider and add this function into VS IDE font editor.

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                        • Autogenerate comments for populating Intellisense

                          In C#, if you type /// comments, those comments appear in Intellisense.
                          If you don't have a comment, no intellisense info.
                          There are tools that will analyze your function names and the types of your parameters and autogenerate sentences to populate the comments.

                          Any comment that can be autogenerated from the code becomes a maintenance burden. If those comments can be autogenerated from the code, then Intellisense could generate the comments whenever it tries to display a function that has no /// comments. It would save us from adding to our source code maintenance weight and would still give us…

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                          • Add function "reopen closed tab"

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

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                            • 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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                              • 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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                                  • Haskell support in Visual Studio

                                    First-class support for Haskell is what I like to see, with syntax highlight, intelisense and debugging.

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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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                                      • 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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                                        • 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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