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  1. Add in-code markup for hiding of classes or members from Intellisense in unmanaged C++

    For managed C++ (and other .NET languages), there has existed for some time a syntax to selectively hide classes, or members within classes, from Intellisense:

    [EditorBrowsable(EditorBrowsableState.Never)]

    There is no equivalent mechanism for unmanaged C++.

    I work a lot with unmanaged C++, and am VERY frustrated that I cannot present the users of my code with a clean interface (i.e. 'showing' them only those aspects that are stable and deliberately intended for invoking/overriding, while hiding anything that is considered implementation-internal and/or subject to arbitrary revision in the future.)

    This could be very easily resolved by a couple of small tweaks to…

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    • Retry connecting to the server on VS startup

      Suppose you need to connect to a VPN to access your TFS server. Now what happens when you start the Visual Studio with a solution residing on that TFS server? Well, in 9 out of 10 attempts, VS tries to connect, fails and informs you that it could not connect and is therefore going offline. So you click off the dialog (there's nothing you could do with it anyway), connect the VPN, spend two minutes looking for one gray icon among a hundred of other gray icons in the washed down mess that's current Visual Studio, click, wait for the…

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      • multiple tab selection using "shift" and "control" like multiple file selection in Windows

        multiple tab selection using "shift" and "control" like multiple file selection in Windows
        Goolge Chrome has this feature
        you can try it there!

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        • Code Highlight and\Or List Member Access that belong to a particular Import\Using Namespace

          Code complexity, legacy or not, is a very common issue in todays development world.

          Adding IDE features/efficiencies will allow for better understanding of current code and its complexity level.

          The idea is to add a feature in the IDE that would allow a developer to highlight a namespace (e.g. System.Collections.ObjectModel) and the IDE will highlight and/or list box results the code that access members in that namespace.

          - The List Box Results could be used for reporting and code reviews
          - The Highlighting makes it easier to see which code access the ns.

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          • Allow Floating windows to be grouped

            Being able to drag windows onto a split screen separate from the source windows hosted on the main IDE has improved developer productivity. However, it becomes troublesome when you have more than one source window on the split screen since it does not cater for docking of the floating screens into another tabbed MDI structure. It would be nice to be able to have tabbed MDIs on both screens to make navigation easier.

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            • Offer comparison for file recovery

              As VS has file comparison built in, this should be easy. The most annoying part of all the autorecovery systems throughout Microsoft products is that the user is asked if they want to recover a file but not provided with enough information to make such a decision. Is the recovered file older or newer? Smaller or larger? Most directly, what are the exact differences, line by line? I always have to track down the backup copy and use an external comparer...

              But in VS, it should be dead simple to offer users the option of first looking at a side-by-side…

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              • Stack Size - WebDev.WebServer40 Default or a option in

                Hi,

                Today, the default size for thread stack in WebDev.WebServer40 (old cassini) is 100000. And the default size in w3wp is 40000. In this situation, we have some cases of stackoverflow in production that we don't have in development. Can you change de default in WebDev.WebServer40 to be the same that we have in production ?

                Maybe, a new option in web.config to change this behavior

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                • Shift+Click a control in the toolbox to lock it and a new control is added for every click on the form.

                  As a former Borland Delphi developer, I miss a simpel function in the VS IDE.
                  In Delphi you are able to [Shift]+Click a control in the ToolBox and this control is now locked so that you can place several controls on the form, simply by clicking the form.

                  This makes it very easy to place a lot of similar controls, like labels or textboxes, on the form.
                  The control is released by clicking an arrow icon afterwards.

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                  • Decrease menu height, or only visible with ALT key

                    Please put the menu in the top bar as in the attached screenshot or make it only visible when the ALT key is pressed. As example, please see Firefox 12. It uses minimum height for the menu and the top level menu (file, edit etc.) is only visible when alt is pressed. it is also a setting so, if users want it permanently visible then can check a box.

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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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                      • Change the default behavior when opening a solution in Source Control Explorer to bring the Soultion Explorer window into focus.

                        When you open the Source Control Explorer from the Team Explorer window and then open a solution, if the Solution Explorer window is docked with the Team Explorer window, as in the attached screenshot, there is no indication that the solution has loaded.

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                        • Add Control+D to duplicate line.

                          As a developer,
                          I would like to use Ctrl+D to duplicate a line,
                          So I don't have to highlight the text followed by Ctrl+C then Ctrl+V. This will devTime.

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                          • FTP Development with local control

                            So let me give you this perspective:

                            1. We've installed PHP tools and Git source control provider extensions from vs gallery into vs 2012 pro. Were using web (code only ) interface.

                            2. We have an extension we're developing for a cms (Joomla!), we have no need to keep the whole website local, but need to keep the files exclusive to the component locally.

                            As to why we would keep the files exclusive to the component locally:

                            If the cached files remained forever in a specific location, like if we could essentially specify a local directory for each ftp website…

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                            • Double clicking one of the open tabs maximizes the window

                              When double clicking on a tab, the window behind this tab maximizes and all other tabs get minimized (focus window). When again clicking on the tab the previous window settings are restored.

                              Like it is in EasyEclipse, and probably also in Eclipse?

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                              • Show public key token in assembly reference properties window, object browser, and use when copying a reference

                                When an assembly reference is selected it shows almost all relevant properties in the properties window, except the key part you need to reference it in a configuration file, the public key token.

                                Please add the public key token to the display in the properties window, at least when an assembly is selected. This could also be done properly by ensuring all other GUIs which display assembly information include this key information, e.g. Object Browser assembly details when clicking an assembly in the tree.

                                Further, the "Copy Reference" is not switched-on to this (I feel) core requirement, because instead of…

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                                • Have Window.MovetoNextTabGroup and Window.MovetoPreviousTabGroup work across monitors

                                  Window.MovetoNextTabGroup and Window.MovetoPreviousTabGroup only work on a single monitor. If you have multiple monitors, it would be nice for the code file to travel across them; kind of like Window Key + left/right works on Windows 7

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                                  • voice

                                    Speech/Voice Recognition -- Please enable Visual Studio to work well with speech recognition programs. I was astounded to learn that Windows Speech Recognition explicitly disables itself when the current application is Visual Studio. You could at least enable command and control features within visual studio. I relalize that dictating code is a complex problem because it is so different from natural language text. But command and control of the IDE would be a minimal step forward. Work with the WSR team and get a solution done! (Working with Dragon would be nice to but working with something is more important).

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                                    • Remove all refactoring functions and let ReSharper do them right

                                      Whenever a new VisualStudio comes out I try to use it without Resharper. But it's always/still missing so many things or they aren't as comfortable to use as in Resharper. I recommend you simply remove all duplicate functionality and let Resharper do them right.

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                                      • Add the option to collapse try-catch blocks

                                        Sometimes, adding many try-catch blocks to the code makes it harder to follow the main idea of the application. I believe that adding some ellipsis notation (similar to the notation used when a function is collapsed) to the try-catch block could help make the code more readable.
                                        I just think that it would be great if I could read my code with no exception handling at all. If I wanted to read the exception handling code, I could always expand the specific section of code.

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                                        • Add "View Namespaces" option to Class View

                                          Class View currently lists projects as the top-level organization, then organizes by namespace.

                                          Add a "View Namespaces" option, which would instead make namespaces the top-level organization. This way solutions spanning multiple assemblies could be navigated logically by namespace.

                                          Object Browser already has this ability, but it is a full window experience and includes types in referenced assemblies. Class View serves a different use case, and "View Namespaces" enhances that experience.

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