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  1. Drag and drop between Solution Explorer and Windows Explorer

    Should be able to copy (or even move, if necessary) a file from Solution Explorer to Windows Explorer via drag-and-drop. (Surprisingly, the reverse direction is already implemented!)

    The Solution Explorer is similar enough to Explorer that it is somewhat surprising that this well-established convention is not supported bidirectionally.

    (Similarly, D&D between two instances of Visual Studio ought to work too.)

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    • Add support for Windows 8.1 multi-monitor DPI scaling

      http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/dd464646
      http://imgur.com/qAiVw1Q,eVRIBlZ

      When dragging VS 2013.1 Express to my second monitor running at a different DPI, it becomes blurry. VS seems to be acting as if it only has support for global DPI settings instead of per-monitor settings. It would be great if VS followed the same guidelines its users are attempting to follow when it comes to developing desktop apps ;-).

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      • Make path of build location in output window as browsable

        When project is build we get output path in output window.Usually this built Dll is copied to application location. So every time the output path need to be copied and need to browse to the location.Instead make the output path browse-able(link to folder) that would be helpful.

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        • Unify VS Express editions into a single product

          Why do we need separate express edition for single development goal? Unify them to single Express edition allowing Windows, Desktop, Web and Phone development.

          It is so bad that current Express edition even don't allow easy participation in MS Open Source initiative because plenty of solutions cannot be opened in single Express version - you need multiple versions opening the same solution to work on all projects. Simply great development experience …

          Different Express editions also contain different features. For example VS 2012 Express for Windows didn't contain support for T4 while other versions did.

          Add support for portable class…

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          • VS2012 colored icons

            Microsoft, you make a serious error, making VS2012 in a grayscale style. Users must have a choise - use new interface or old, with colored icons.

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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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              • Commit first word suggested by instelliSense by commit keys in C++

                In Visual Studio 2012 C++ InteliSense now gives suggestions immediately by typing letters, so the hitting Ctrl+Space in blank area is not necessary. It is very helpful and faster, but options are only "suggested" and it is not possible to commit them by "intellisense commit keys", such as bracket, dot etc. Only option is to hit Tab key, Ctrl+Space key or select "suggestion" by Up/Down arrow keys.

                In most of cases the suggestion is right, so it would be helpful to "inverse" behaviour and always select suggestion. Hitting Escape key then can allow free typing.

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                • 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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                  • Visual Studio: Add Namespace property to project folders

                    Allow setting a namespace to the project folders so that developers can organize code by namespace better. Namespace name can be different than project folder name. This allows us to organize folders better without a creating a new namespace when needed. The Visual Studio IDE automatically adds the newly added files to a folder with the namespace of the folder, and we have to edit the code and remove the namespace as we want it to be in a diferent namespace and vice versa.

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                    • SQL-Serverconnection on Start

                      I have some Connections on Serverexplorer to different SQL-Servers on different locations. I use only one with VPN.

                      On Start of VS2012 it checks all Connections with error. (ok - only 1 from 4 VPN is open). But I need 1-2 minutes wait for this check.

                      How can you add an option, that VS2012 NOT check this connection on startup? Only if I open it manuell.

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                      • Run the build process on a separate thread. Sometimes I want to kick off a build locally and go update the status of a task or bug.

                        Run the build process on a separate thread. Sometimes I want to kick off a build locally and go update the status of a task or bug and the IDE hangs. This is an issue for folks maintaining larger solutions.

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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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                          • Auto-implemented properties in the Visual Studio Class Designer

                            Visual Studio Class Designer creates the properties as

                            public string Name
                            {
                            get
                            {
                            throw new System.NotImplementedException();
                            }
                            set
                            {
                            }
                            }

                            It would be much better if you give us option to choose if we want to get it as auto-property like

                            public string Name { set; get; }

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                            • Button to set both "All Configurations" and "All Platforms" in Project Property Pages

                              When people change project properties they sometimes forget to set Configuration to "All Configuration" and Platform to "All Platform" before. As the result broken builds. Also if properties has to be changed regularly it's quite annoying to set correct Configuration and Platform fields first. It would be nice to have, for instance, a button that will do that automatically.

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                              • Add context-sensitive refresh for Solution Explorer

                                In solution explorer I have to select the Refresh option when I've added an image to a project's folder structure so I can get it into my source control provider and part of the actual project. With larger solutions, hitting refresh just so a single new file shows up can take a while so adding a "Refreh" option to the menu for folders already in the project would save a significant amount of time.

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                                • Be able to search for options analogously to what the new version of VS2011 is supposed to be able to do with commands.

                                  There are so many options in the Tools|Options dialog that it's very easy to forget exactly where you found a given option earlier. It would be nice if we could search for options in the Options dialog, along the lines what the beta of VS2011 is supposed to have with searching for commands.

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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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                                    • Design pattern highlighting for Javascript editor

                                      To create professional Javascript it is highly recommended to use design patterns. It would be great if the IDE could help in recognizing the MEANING of these patterns.

                                      For example, it could highlight the public vs. private methods of the module pattern by a different background color.

                                      Suggested patterns:
                                      Constructor Pattern
                                      Module Pattern
                                      Revealing Module Pattern
                                      Singleton Pattern
                                      Observer Pattern
                                      Mediator Pattern
                                      Prototype Pattern
                                      Command Pattern
                                      Facade Pattern
                                      Factory Pattern
                                      Mixin Pattern
                                      Decorator Pattern
                                      Flyweight Pattern

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                                      • Improve offline working and going online

                                        When you open a solution without connection to TFS, allow user to cancel loading, keeping the status of the solution as "online" (go online process may be very long).
                                        Then, when going online, allow the user to shortcut the process if he can commit that he made no change in his solution.

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                                        • Rename items in "Recent" list on Start Page

                                          At my company, I can be working in different source branches at the same time, meaning I can have a list of many different recent projects on the Start Page. However, since all the solution files are named the same (just in different branches), I have to hover over each item in the list to see where it is physically located to determine which one I need to open.

                                          If we had the ability to rename the entries in the "Recent" list, I could give each item a name that tells me which branch that specific solution is in.

                                          It's…

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