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  1. change the new 2012 bowtie icon back to the smooth style

    The sharp-edged icon that came with the Visual Studio 2012 RC is hard to look at, and looks more like a bowtie than an infinity symbol. Please return it to its former glory before releasing RTM.

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      28 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Incorporate the ribbon and ditch the toolbars!

      Is there any other app that has an incredible amount of commands that would benefit more from a results-driven UI? I think incorporating the ribbon is a no brainer!

      226 votes
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        39 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Allow humans to differentiate between files and folders in VS2012

        The icons in the Solution Explorer has a very important purpose and function. And I'm (along with half of the world, it seems) not very pleased to see that this UX functionality was abandoned during this recent redesign.

        The ability to differentiate files from folders.

        This is the most important information that those icons has to provide the user with. By far. And there are three facts that prevents the "Hey, I'm a folder"-information from getting to the user:
        1) The icon shape does not look like a classic folder (although an esoteric, modern one)
        2) The icon is black…

        141 votes
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          3 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Make Setting up Theme Colors Easier

          I like to use a dark background when I program, but sometimes the foreground colors get difficult to read. So, I go into the Colors Settings but there are a million things in there and figuring out which one to tweak is a long process.

          I'd love to be able to highlight the piece of text that is showing up brown and right-click on it and be able to go straight to the color setting that is making it that color. Or show the three settings that are affecting that text's color....

          Right now, it is too hard and makes…

          114 votes
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            8 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Visual Studio 2012 Theme is Terrible!

            I realize that you're trying to make VS 2012 look flatter like Windows 8 (metro), but it's now so flat that you can barely tell where one tool pallet ends and the other begins. The light theme is too light, and the dark theme is too dark.

            Maybe take a look at XCode for inspiration, it's a dream to use in comparison. (I use both daily)

            71 votes
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              3 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Better Theme / Styling support

              As the feedback to the VS11 beta screenshots demonstrated, many developers are passionate about the feel of the IDE they use. It is probably a given that no one style will make everybody happy.

              However, there's a solution - allow loadable, shareable themes. While VS2010 has this to some extent with the theme editor addin, there are many aspects of the UI that are not stylable.

              The UI for VisualStudio should support alterations to all visual aspects through some method. While support for theme creating, editing, importing, and exporting would be appreciated, full themability exposed via an API would allow…

              55 votes
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                1 comment  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Visual Studio must use the Windows Theme for its main window

                In Windows 7, Control Panel\Appearance and Personalization\Personalization, you can set a Theme, including a colour for the active/foreground window (usually brighter and more colourful) whilst the other windows are usually a bit more dull/greyed.
                Why does Visual Studio ignore this?
                It's as if a Microsoft application built for Windows (Visual Studio) doesn't follow Windows guidelines for an integrated experience ?!

                26 votes
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                • Bring back a 1980s theme to the IDE, similar to Turbo C with UPPERCASE menus and monocolour icons.

                  The theme in the IDE for VS2010 is so modern it looks terrible. What I really want is a theme similar to Borland Turbo C. ALL UPPERCASE MENUS, no depth to anything, and monocolour icons. I want to feel like I am back in the DOS console. Take me back Microsoft, your C++ conformance does so why not the IDE.

                  Regards,
                  C++ develoepr

                  20 votes
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                    8 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Soften Typography

                    I attached a file with a mockup of what I'm describing in this suggestion.

                    In the image I mocked up the Solution Explorer.

                    - Title: lowercase
                    - Title: Segoe UI Light
                    - Title: gray, lower contrast (means you don't have to focus on the fact that it's the Solution Explorer). Take it for granted at some point, and let it relax into the background.

                    - Window Background is the same dark gray as everywhere else. This lets the files in the solution pop a bit more, but in a nice minimalist way. This also creates a lot of breathable space…

                    20 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Change the Browser Link icon

                      The [enable|disable] Browser Link icon is represented by a clockwise arrow and I often get this confused with the Restart icon which is represented by a counterclockwise arrow. It would be great to change this to something else, such as a bidirectional horizontal arrow.

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                        0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Scrollbar tooltip should be resizable

                        Scrollbar map mode for the vertical scroll bar in vs2013 lets you have a "Show Preview Tooltip" .... yet provides zero way of letting your resize the tooltip to your own preferential size.

                        It should also let you set the fontsize for the preview tooltip, ie so i can make it smaller and fit more in.. sometimes just little extra stuff like that goes a long way.

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                          1 comment  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                          • Overhaul the look/feel of the UI, it is absolutely horrible

                            Put color and dimention back into the UI elements like VS2010 had, the current UI is too monocromatic and flat looking, something you would see in a product from 20 years ago. We have to use VS2012 but all of our developers hate the way it looks. I see the UI is the same as Office 2013 which is equally horrible. I don't understand how this UI could have gotten into a production tool.

                            13 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Enhance the open files dropdown list with button for remove

                              Hi,

                              I know this might be a small thing but it keeps coming to my head.
                              I would like to suggest you to add a close button for the open files in the dropdownlist. Please see attached img.

                              Thanks,
                              Corina

                              12 votes
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                              • Change "High Contrast" VS 2011 Theme at least like "Purple" in VS2010

                                I Don't like 'black and white' in VS2011 IDE, it's make the 'eyeglass man' confused to read.
                                1.The text is Black
                                2.The background is silver/white
                                Where's about yellow? where's about green?

                                I Think the VS2011 Developer Preview it's better than VS2011 BETA, at least the rollback into VS2010 IDE Theme, it's look better for IDE.

                                10 votes
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                                • Bring back classic Visual Studio

                                  You have made Visual Studio 2012 more difficult to use by making it low-contrast and flat-gray. It really hurts my eyes. As a person who makes his living using this tool 8+ hours a day, you have made a complete mess of it. It’s not a bloody art project, it’s a tool we use to get a job done. And don’t pretend that the “Themes” make it better. If you keep alienating the developer community like this Google and Oracle are going to eat you alive. Metro my foot. Give me Windows 7 and VS 2010; all I want is…

                                  9 votes
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                                  • Add colour to solution

                                    As few projects are open with studio simultaneously sometimes I put code in wrong project.

                                    Tiny project name in window title is not very noticeable when switching a lot between projects.

                                    Would be a nice feature to have colour set in .sln file that applies to studio border and title. Imagine - you talk to another developer besides his PC and know that green means project X and blue means project Y. No confusion as colour is fastest recognizable object for our eyes.

                                    7 votes
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                                    • The icons in the previous version were ok. Do not replace them.

                                      Everything is fine but the icons are a bit too much.

                                      Though from an aesthetic point of view I like the new icons and I like the new look the problem is that at least the icons (the new ones) are not practical. First, their design is radically different and secondly they lack color which is a very good differentiator and helps distinguishing one type of element from another.

                                      Not to mention that in the Layout toolbar the “Align Middles” and “Align Centers” have been assigned the same icons as the “Make Horizontal Spacing Equal” and “Make Vertical Spacing Equal”. …

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                                      • Colored backgrounds for selected code blocks.

                                        It would be helpful for the coder to be able to color the background for blocks of code. Helps code navigation A LOT.

                                        6 votes
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                                        • Colorize output in output window

                                          I'm using the VSColorOutput extension for this at the moment (see https://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/f4d9c2b5-d6d7-4543-a7a5-2d7ebabc2496); unfortunately, it is somewhat buggy. In any case, I think this is such a basic functionality that it should be built in. Once you get used to colorized output, you can't live with the "white wall of text" anymore of vanilla VS.

                                          Features:
                                          - Colorize build output, such that, for instance, errors are red and warnings are yellow.
                                          - Colorize application output based on configurable keywords; for instance, rules like "when the output starts with [Error], print it in red".

                                          6 votes
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