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  1. 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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      2 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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        1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Allow ReadOnly Modeling Projects for Premium and Professional versions of Visual Studio

        Well, as soon as the ALM Assessment Rangers Workbook has a question in Architecture & Design Spreadsheet asking if all of the team members have access to all the project diagrams, it makes sense that all Visual Studio versions have at least Read Only access to the modeling project.

        Nowadays, to accomplish it, I need to manually export the diagrams and publish it on any portal, like Sharepoint.

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        • Enable "Find All References" in metadata

          When I use "Go to Definition" for something defined in a DLL, it takes me to metadata. I would like to be able to use "Find all References" from here so I can find where a specific method or property is used. This can be done from any use within the project, but not from metadata.

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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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            • 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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                2 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 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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                  0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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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                  • VBA Editor

                    I'm going through large amounts of legacy VBA in a really bad IDE. I'd really like to be able to use copy and paste the VBA code into a Visual Studio 2013 project so I can go through the code much easier. While I wouldn't be able to run the code, I'd like to be able to searching through the text and ability to refactor the code would really nice, especially considering that there is probably a lot of VBA code that could be refactored. I'm currently pasting VBA code into a VB Module but it's not the same and…

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                      2 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • add razor cshtml preview, like aspx preview

                      aspx pages can be splitted so you get a preview of the rendering

                      Why not cshtml pages ?

                      The aspx preview is buggy, but it does not matter. The preview is a good way to see if something is wrong with code integration.

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                        1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 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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                        • 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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                          • Allow multiple selected folders to be cloacked in the Source Control Explorer

                            Currently, you can cloak a single folder at a time in the Source Control Explorer (right click, Advanced -> Cloak). It would be nice to be able to cloak several folders at once.

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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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                                • add "Favorite Packages" tab to nuget package manager

                                  Please add "Favorite Packages" tab to nuget package manager.
                                  It is still better if it can synchronize on-line by relating with user profiles (for example, nuget.org, Microsoft account, etc.).

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                                  • Copy only error message(description) from the Error List window

                                    In the Error List window of VS when clicking on any error line the "Copy" from context menu, the VS pastes in the clipboard the line with format:
                                    "Category Default Order Description File and etc". But many time only Description is needed.

                                    Would be useful to add extra copy menu items that copies only specific column from the line.

                                    Or
                                    To add "Copy Columns" menu item that lists all columns it the same way as "Show Columns", where an user can check what columns to copy in the clipboard

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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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                                      • 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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