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  1. make all msdn documentation available off-line

    Please bring us back to the good old days where all docs available off-line were available to download... if not free for all at least for msdn subscribers.
    Thank you

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      24 comments  ·  Help  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • API Documentation

      I would be great to have a more detailed documentation of TFS API on MSDN site

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      • Make all Entity Framework documentation available off-line

        Only part of Entity Framework is available off-line. There are parts that are missing from the books available to download, for example, the System.Data.Entity documentation. It would be great for people like me who do part of their work off-line to have that docs off-line.

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        • Make all web development documentation available off-line

          There is no web development available off-line, for people working part time desconnected would be great to have that available, also for those with low bandwidth or just to save organization bandwidth.

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          • Allow external libraries to integrate their documentation in Visual Studio (F1)

            For as long as I can remember, the Visual Studio IDE allows us to go to the documentation of a class, method or property that's at the cursor's position, after pressing F1.

            This however only works for types and members that are part of the BCL or other Microsoft related stuff. This does not work for open source libraries or commercial libraries from ISVs.

            For the usability of those external libraries, I believe it to be important if they can integrate in an easy way with the Visual Studio IDE F1 Help experience, but as far as I can see,…

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            • Make MSDN work the jQuery style

              I really appreciate jQuery's documentation style. It provides very clear description plus enough samples and/or demos. I suggest that MSDN should copy that style.

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              • Have documentation of the TFS Build Framework

                When do you provide us a documentation of the Framework of TFS Build ?
                Actually, it is very difficult or impossible to create custom activities for TFS Build 2010. It is very difficult to understand how works your framework.
                In MSDN, we have list of class and methods, but no documentation. Inadmissible !

                13 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  Help  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Help Viewer 2.0 is missing a category filter

                  Help Viewer 2.0 is missing a category filter (e.g. C#, C++, Windows SDK, etc.). Search and index results are cluttered by useless results the user is not looking for.

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                  • Provide documentation files on the product DVD.

                    Dear Visual Studio Team,

                    Since you are using only 1 GB of 4.7 GB on the VS 2012 Pro DVD, it would be very helpful if the DVD contained at least the largest of the downloadable documentation files. Downloading gigabytes of documentation with a 256 kbps DSL Internet connection, will take me DAYS. Here are some suggested inclusions...

                    * 320 MB - Visual Studio 2012 Fundamentals
                    * 838 MB - .NET Framework 4.5
                    * 617 MB - .NET Framework 4
                    * 8 MB - Visual Basic and Visual C#
                    * 59 MB - Visual C++
                    * 202 MB - ALM…

                    9 votes
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                    • Provide HelpViewer 2 as a standalone download

                      Allow HelpViewer 2 to be installed on its own so people can download help content onto devices they work from where the don't need Visual Studio to be present.

                      8 votes
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                      • Allow Help Viewer 2.0 to be pinnable to the taskbar

                        In VS 2012, the help viewer (v2.0) cannot be pinned to the Windows taskbar.

                        This is a regression from help viewer 1.0 in VS2010.

                        I use it every day and have gotten used to launching help viewer from the taskbar. Please enable this functionality.

                        I opened a Connect issue for this problem but it was closed as "By Design" -- what fool made this the design?

                        https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/756115/microsoft-help-viewer-2-0-cannot-be-pinned-to-windows-task-bar

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                        • Help Viewer 2.0: make ctrl-tab behave the same as in VS2012

                          I tend to use the multi-tab feature of Help Viewer 2.0 a lot and I think it's highly annoying that using control-tab doesn't immediately switch between windows as in VS2012.

                          When I'm reading help screens I want to get to the information I need as quickly as possible instead of having to press multiple keys in order to switch back and forth (control-tab to open the menu, control-tab /again/ to highlight another tab and then having to press enter to select it).

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                          • Store Help Viewer 2.0 favorites as separate files

                            Help Viewer 2.0 for Visual Studio 2012 stores favorites in an undocumented format. As a consequence, developers who work with several devices are forced to manually recreate each and every favorite on each and every device. I suggest storing favorites as separate files, which then could be automatically synchronized across devices.

                            (As a workaround available today, one could give up local help entirely and store all favorites as online bookmarks in the browser and sync from there. However, viewing help in the browser is much less productive than vieweing help in a specialized local viewer).

                            5 votes
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                            • Return Help viewer into IDE

                              Please, return back help viewer as IDE document as it was in earlier versions prior VS10.
                              VS10 has add-ins for this but does not work as before.

                              4 votes
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                              • create documentation features throughout the appli

                                add extensive documentation features for architecture (document exports of all UML, DGML, requirements, etc ...) with support for .docx, .Pdf et al.
                                this is something that is really missing and could leverage the architecture features more instead of needing extra (non-straightforward) tools like Sparx Enterprise Architect.

                                3 votes
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                                • XML Documentation Web

                                  Restore option to specify XML documentation on Web Application projects.

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                                  • support the Visual Micro ,

                                    support the Visual Micro ,so I can editor the arduino program in VS2012.cause I can do it in VS2010

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                                    • Need documentation on Naming Restrictions on Build Definitions in TFS 2010.

                                      I'm not findinf any documentation\msdn page for Naming Restrictions on Build Definitions in TFS 2010.
                                      MSDN do have it for TeamBuild which doesnt include anytign about naming restrictions on build definitions.
                                      Kindly do the needful if you think this will be useful.

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                                      • Better help

                                        Visual Studio has many features that are very hard to understand if you are beginner. I think help in visual Studio is very poor. I think the best Windows help was: click on (?) button and Help cursor appeared. Then click on object I need help, and get a little help (on picture in attachment).

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                                        • Revise your "Connect Visual Studio to TFS" page so that it is consistent with the current page it describes.

                                          Revise your "Connect Visual Studio to TFS" page at http://tfs.visualstudio.com/en-us/learn/code/connect-vs/ so that it is consistent with the current "https://[your account].visualstudio.com" page it describes. Currently the help page shows a "Create a team project" but the account home page has been modified so that the home page now has a button instead of the link (correct?).

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