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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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      27 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!

      220 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…

        133 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…

          107 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)

            67 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…

              51 votes
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                1 comment  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Rename Package Manager Console to Shell

                Package Manager Console is a Powershell window that is used by many different tools aside from Nuget/Package Manager. For instance, scaffolding for ASP.NET and Migrations in Entity Framework, and probably more things in the future. New versions of the Package Manager GUI will make it less and less necessary to use the shell for nuget purposes, so it makes less and less sense to refer to it as the "package manager" console. Just call it Shell (or Console or Powershell Console if you prefer).

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                  0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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.

                  29 votes
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                    2 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Continue to improve the Pending Changes window in 2013

                    The pending changes window is much improved from 2012, but still not as functional as 2010. A few items:
                    - The "extra" stuff at the top takes up too much real estate, even when collapsed. On a laptop screen I have to use 1/3 of my screen to even get to the file list.
                    - Please bring the checkboxes back, or find some other way to let us include/exclude files using the keyboard. We are still developers, after all. The mouse is not our forte.
                    - When a work item is associated (not resolved) with a checkin, it would be…

                    23 votes
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                      2 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…

                      19 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Create a search utility in Source Control Explorer

                        We have many solutions and folders listed in Source Control Explorer. It would be handy to search (just like Solution Explorer) for specific files and/or folders instead of going through everything manually.

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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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                            8 comments  ·  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 ?!

                            17 votes
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                            • 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.

                              16 votes
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                              • 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.

                                15 votes
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                                  • TFS Export Changesets to (.xls, .doc, .txt, .html ...)

                                    If you open the menu item File->Source Control->Find In Source Control->Changesets... (you must be in Source Control Explorer for this to be available). This will open the Find Changesets dialog. You can then search for change sets by date on a given source folder but not have any button for export result in dialogs.

                                    Please make additinal export button in dialog that I attach here.

                                    12 votes
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                                    • 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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                                      • 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.

                                        10 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.

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