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  1. 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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    • 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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      • 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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          • 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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                • 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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                    • 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.

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                      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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                            • Enable Auto Recover option in VS2010 Isolated Shell

                              In VS2008 Isolated Shell, the auto recover option is available. However, in VS2010 the auto recover is disabled (greyed out). Can you please re-enable this IDE feature for the Isolated Shell?

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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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                                        • 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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