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  1. 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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    • Generate RESX files in alphabetical order

      When saving RESX files from the Resource Editor, generate the XML in alphabetical order, sorted by the resource Name. This reduces the chances of version-control conflicts if multiple developers are adding to/editing the same resource file.

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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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        • 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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          • refactor - Extract String to Resource File

            I would like an integrated "Extract this string to a resource file" option on strings in the IDE to make it easier to develop cross-culture applications.

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            • Allow partial check-in / commits

              When making a commit in Xcode, a diff window is opened with the ability to exclude blocks that were changed (attachment).

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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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                • 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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                  • Have resources ResXFileCodeGenerator generate partial class.

                    The ResXFileCodeGenerator tool for Resource files generates classes that are difficult to extend / augment as needed. Please give the code generator emit classes as partial to allow customisation / extension.

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                    • integrated support of doxygen

                      offer integrated doxygen generator to see better documentation directly in code or in a separated panel.

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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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                        • Provide a Visual Studio Express for ARM based tablets like Surface RT

                          I was the proud owner of a Microsoft Surface RT and many times I had an Idea I had to first write it down and test it at home when I had my Surface RT with me in the train or in the plane.

                          I think there is a big thing missing in the whole RT tablets Idea and that is an IDE to allow developers to develop application for their beloved tablet or phone.

                          Let's have a Visual Studio Express version that can be deployed on Surface RT and the like and it can be restricted to developing Universal…

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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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                            • Include Managed Package Framework for Projects (MPF) in Visual Studio SDK

                              Today, there´s the Visual Studio SDK shipping with some project templates which can be used to create Visual Studio extensions, but not all resources are included in the SDK. For instance, if one would like to create a custom project system using C# or VB.NET the Managed Package Framework is required... this library (or at least the code) is available as a separate download at Codeplex. It would be nice, if that resource would also be part of the SDK, or available on Nuget...

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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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                                • 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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