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  1. Bring back the "VISUAL" in visual studio

    Visual studio used to have a kick *** interface. However, everything about the 2012 interface looks.. amateurish.

    -The icon looks like something a 3 year old did.

    -The lack of depth makes the whole thing jump into my face.

    -The upper cased menus are screaming at me (try posting on a forum in all caps... see what the response is).

    In a nutshell, whoever designed the interface needs to go back to the grade school I'm sure they dropped out of and finish their education. Maybe get a job at a fast food place running a cash register... Because they…

    2,334 votes
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      151 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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.

      418 votes
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        24 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!

        211 votes
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          38 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…

          131 votes
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            3 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • add support for Windows Store apps written in F# ... show that F# can be superior to C# even when it comes to more common tasks like GUI dev

            add support for Windows Store apps written in F# (FSharp) ... to show that F# can be superior to C# even when it comes to more common tasks like GUI development.
            <a href="https://github.com/dmitry-a-morozov/fsharp-wpf-mvc-series/wiki/Intro"; > link </a>

            124 votes
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              5 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…

              109 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)

                56 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…

                  45 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • F5 hotkey should run the application, not refresh various views

                    The menu says that "Start Debugging" is F5. However, more and more of the views in VS grab F5 for their own evil ends.

                    While this is consistent with Explorer and Internet Explorer, it is wrong and annoying. F5 has for many years been defined in VS as "Start Debugging".

                    For F5 to work in VS2013 you have to have a source code file open and click in it to give it focus before pressing F5. I am now constantly finding myself refreshing Team Explorer, Pending Changes, etc etc instead of running the program I'm developing. If I make the…

                    30 votes
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                      5 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • VS2010 : go back to old find dialog (like in VS2010) or allow disabling the quickfind

                      Hi all,

                      The new "Quickfind" - panel of VS2012 is annoying. It does not respond as expected and could not be positioned as needed.
                      It slows down all work.

                      So I would suggest to go generally back to the old "find dialog" or allow the users to disable the new "quickfind" toolwindow.

                      Best regards,
                      dp.

                      27 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add option to show test explorer automatically when running tests

                        Prior to the new VS 2012 Test Explorer if I ran a test in context from a test class (ctrl + r / ctrl + t) the Test Run windows would automatically display. It would be helpful to have the Test Explorer automatically become focused or display when I execute tests.

                        26 votes
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                        • Allow auto-layout in ADO.Net Entity Model Designer to be disabled

                          Much as I love ADO.Net Entity Data Model Designer (VS2010), one feature is making me INSANE.

                          When initially putting together a complex data model, it's perfectly fine (and desirable) that Designer figures out on its own where the lines delineating associations are placed. However, eventually, I wind up meticulously placing those lines myself for the sake of readability.

                          But if I finish my painstaking layout, and then decide to, say, add a property to an existing entity, Designer redoes my entire layout, or at least every association line that leads to or from that entity.

                          It's the definition of frustrating.…

                          24 votes
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                          • Make Ctrl+Right / Ctrl+Left shortcuts navigate between subwords in a camel case word

                            Currently Ctrl+Right / Ctrl+Left combinations navigate over whole words in the text editor. IDEs that use this combination to navigate between subwords of a camel case word make my typing / editing so much faster. At the moment I have to use Qt Creator for heavy editing and VS only for building / debugging.

                            21 votes
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                            • change the colour of URLs Output Window when using the Dark theme

                              The dark blue URLs are completely unreadable when using the Dark theme.

                              20 votes
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                              • 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…

                                19 votes
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                                • Bring MarkupExtension to WinRT

                                  Inheriting MarkupExtension was sadly missing from WinRT (along with other things but lets not get into that). I have used it to define "aliases" for different styles of bindings to reduce code duplication in xaml. Instead of writing {Binding Path=XYZ, Format={}{0,0.00}, Mode=TwoWay,ValidateOnError=true} everywhere I could make an alias: {b:BindToAmount XYZ}. Achieves less redudancy and clearer semantics.

                                  18 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

                                    17 votes
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                                    • 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 ?!

                                      15 votes
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                                      • Provide Logical and Mathematical operators to the customization of TFS work Items

                                        As a Process Engineer for a medium sized company I would lie to be able to incorporate Logical operators so I can improve the logic of fields. By adding the “and” or “or” logical operators you will be able to customize fields. The current approach is limits approach to 1 or 2 possibilities.

                                        As a Process engineer for a medium sized company I would like to add mathematical operators to the work item customization so I can add (calculate) fields to populate another field. My particular need is to implement an ROI calculation using Weighted Shortest Job First (WSJF).

                                        13 votes
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