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  1. 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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      • 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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          • 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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              • 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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                  2 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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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                      • Available Visual Studio 2012 color/font/icon themes look like they were put together by a ******** donkey on *****.

                        IS THIS FUN TO READ, OR IS IT OBNOXIOUS? WOULD YOU ENJOY READING TEXT LIKE THIS FOR 8+ HOURS PER DAY? I SUBMIT THAT YOU WOULD NOT. ALL CAPS menu options are both unnecessary and ugly, and should never be a default setting. Tabs and panels that blend in with the editors and windows make it take longer to locate the controls you're after (it shouldn't take more than 0.5s to right-click a tab and move it to a new vertical tab group). Monochromatic icons are painful to look at and a headache to read through quickly. I shouldn't have…

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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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                                    • 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.

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                                      • Override Recent Project/Solution Names on Start Page

                                        The Recent section of the Start Page is a convenient way to quickly open your project. It would be nice to have the ability to change the display name to help differentiate it from one project/solution to another. As an example, if you're working in a branch, the same solution name will appear twice in the list. Presently, I wait for the tooltip to pop-up to insure it's the right one I want.

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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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