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  1. Option to show only solutions in the recent projects

    The "Recent Projects" lists shows both projects and solutions. I prefer to only have solutions listed there. An option to filter out projects would be good. Of course, then the name "Recent Projects" is inconsistent. Therefore another possibility would be to provide an option to use either a "Recent Projects" or "Recent Solutions" list.

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      1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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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        2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Bring back the Code Definition Window in Visual Studio Express

        The Code Definition Window is no longer available in the Express version of Visual Studio 2012; bad idea - if anything, Microsoft should be adding features to the free version of their IDE, not removing them.

        This is not the kind of feature that can be thought of as 'professional only' or 'enterprise only'; it's a basic development aid, and it's available in other free IDEs (since before it appeared in VS, actually).

        If Microsoft wants to maintain their relevance in the IDE space, and win developers over to the new Store and mobile platforms, crippling the free version is…

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          2 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Renaming a model class should also update cshtml views

          when you rename a class, VS does a smart refactoring where it updates references to that class to the new name. If your project is an MVC project, model declarations in cshtml views are not updated. These should be refactored too.

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            3 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Add intellisense reset option

            Intellisense crashes frequently on certain pages, leading to the frustrating scenario of having to close and reopen a page just to get intellisense working again.

            While it seems that you can't fix it, a simple way of quickly resetting it without having to close the tab, like you can with SQL Server, would make this frequent bug less annoying.

            This seems to have started happening in VS2012 and has got worse in VS2013 and you can see the extent of the problem on this SO post, with over 31,000 views in 1 year.

            http://stackoverflow.com/questions/13375961/visual-studio-2012-intellisense-sometimes-disappearing-broken

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            • Include "var" in Find All References

              In the C# editor, the results for Find All References do not include references made using the var keyword. Part of the beauty of a strongly typed language is that there is no semantic difference between var and the type name. However, the IDE is treating the two differently.

              The omission can lure a programmer into thinking that a type is less widely used than it really is, which can be a false sense of security when considering an API change.

              I propose you include code using "var" in Find All References results.

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              • Support SASS plus Compass with built-in compilation

                With VS 2012.2 support was added for LESS, but given that SASS is more feature-rich, I'd really like to see support for SASS (including Compass), including syntax highlighting, intellisense, and compilation.

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                  1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Prevent the auto formatter from putting the base class call onto a new line.

                  Prevent the auto formatter from putting the base class call onto a new line.

                  Today (looks terrible):

                  public MyClass()
                  : base()

                  Should look:

                  public MyClass() : base()

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                    1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Introduce the Enhanced Scroll Bars Feature

                    I use it with productivity power tools in VS2010 and it's very helpfull.
                    Thanks

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                      1 comment  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Visual studio 2015: Cancel intellisense autocomplete by pressing space.

                      Visual studio 2015 make intellisense autocomplete by pressing "space". VS 2013 works differently.

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                      • Enable track changes indicator in editor accross file open/close

                        The track changes indicator in VS editor is reset once the file is closed. It would be great if the indicator would integrate with the active source control provider and show the uncommitted changes in a file when re-opening the file in the editor.

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                        • Open many solution in one IDE

                          One solution per window - horrible!
                          Or do this optional in settings.
                          Normal like in Netbeans.

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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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                            • Bring back vertical toolbars

                              I really like being able to customize the toolbars with the commands I want (so please don't replace them with a 'fixed' ribbon!) but on older visual studio versions there was more flexibility in the customisation. On modern screens which are 16x9 there is a lack of vertical space but plenty of horizontal space. Toolbars across the top of the window use that valuable vertical space that could be showing lines of code, if I could run the toolbars down the left or right edges (as I do for the Windows Taskbar) I could reclaim that code space again, like…

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                                4 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • mouse cursor changes direction

                                The mouse cursor changes to an odd arrow when hovering over the expand/collapse signs in the code editor.

                                It's odd because instead of pointing towards the top left, it points towards the top right.

                                This isn't expected behavior and isn't how the cursor works anywhere else within VS2012. On ALL OTHER expansion items it is the normal cursor that points towards the top left. On this ONE SPOT it is backwards.

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                                • add "track active item" feature not only in Solution Explorer but also in class View

                                  in "Tools > Options > Projects and Solutions > General" you can set "track active item in Solution Explorer". This feature allow you to see always your current location of the editing file within the project.

                                  Same feature would be nice for class view, too.

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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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                                    • Don't break hardlink

                                      There is a patch for VS2005 (KB945993): "The hard link of a file is destroyed if you use Visual Studio 2005 to open and to modify either the original file or the hard link".

                                      VS2013 has the same symptoms, but seems no patch.

                                      Could it be fixed for VS2013 and later versions?
                                      Or "saving a file by replacing it" and "exposing it to the end user" is "by design"?

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                                      • Add Apply button to Fonts and Colors options dialog

                                        Please add an apply button to the Fonts and Colors options dialog. It is so very annoying to have to back all the way back out of the options screen just to see how the changes will affect the way text looks.

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                                        • Add colors to tabs based on pinned-state, different projects or your own look and feel

                                          Since the new Visual Studio has a lot less color, I don't mind BUT my tabs look all the same and miss some visual structure.

                                          Maybe it would be nice to assign you own colors to your tabs, different colors for pinned & not pinned- states or different colors for each project!

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