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  1. 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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      • 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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        • Make Smart Unit Tests available to Visual Studio Premium

          In Visual Studio 2015 Smart unit tests are a fantastic idea!
          Restricting it to Visual Studio Ultimate is not a good news. Please make it available to more users.

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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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            • 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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                • 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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                  • 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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                    • 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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                        • 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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                          • Sync windows layout

                            Now that Visual Studio 2013 allows synchronizing settings across devices (and probably future instances of Visual Studio) it should be possible to also synchronize the layout of the windows.

                            What I mean is I want to have the same windows opened in the same position (and order) on all machines and instances of Visual Studio. For instance I want to keep the Solution explorer on the right, and I want to have the error window, the output window, the breakpoints window and others on the bottom, in the same order, etc.

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                            • 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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                              • Improve support for multiple users using Web Deploy Publish Preview

                                The Preview pane of the Web Publishing dialog in Visual Studio works quite nicely when you're the only developer working on the codebase. However, it seems to fall down when multiple developers publish. It includes a lot of phantom changes in the list (once you drill in, the two panes of the diff are the same).

                                Perhaps the information used to detect changed files could be cached on the web application that is being published to. Of anything, that would be a great publish profile option.

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                                • Build progress on taskbar button

                                  ChrisTorng commented · April 25, 2012 11:13 · Flag as inappropriate · Delete

                                  I would like the progress showing on taskbar button. That let me start the build, go to other program to do something, seeing the progress on taskbar button has done, then go back to IDE, or refresh the modified web page on IE.

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                                  • HTML5 Outliner

                                    Provide like Chrome HTML5 Outliner parse function in VS IDE ( or VS SDK ).

                                    Client Page ( *.html / *.cshtml / *.vbhtml ... ) code is very long for now dev-environment.

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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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                                      • Allow developers to override the default namespace as defined by a folder

                                        Allow developers to override the default namespace as defined by a folder

                                        Sometimes we'd like to simply use a folder as an organizational structure and not a namespace. It would be nice if a folder had a boolean value to indicate that it should be used to define a namespace and have a namespace field that defines what it used.

                                        For example..

                                        I might have a Folder structure like

                                        -ClassLibrary
                                        -- Folder1
                                        --- SubFolder2
                                        ----- Sub-SubFolder 3

                                        And I only want my namespace to be ClassLibrary.Folder1.Folder2 and folder 3 is strictly for organization. Whenever I add a new class under…

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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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