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  1. 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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    • 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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      • 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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          • 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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            • 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 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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                    • Make the My Work section available in Visual Studio 2013 Professional

                      The My Work Section has many useful features for a team to not be availabel in VS 2013 Professional, like Work in Progress, Suspend, Etc..

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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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                        • 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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                                  • 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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                                        • Alphabetized order of <Compile...> entries within <ItemGroup> in csproj

                                          Compile entries within <ItemGroup>s within the csproj file should be sorted in a consistent order.

                                          As described in http://stackoverflow.com/questions/20563017/sorted-order-of-files-in-csproj, maintaining a consistent sorted order of <Compile> entries would mainly benefit the resolution of merge conflicts.

                                          It would always be clear where a file belongs, and simply changing order (e.g. Remove a file from project, re-include the file) would not lead to visible changes in a diff.

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