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  1. Resource Editor: Browse for existing files in a useful location

    In the resource (resx) editor, choosing Add Resource > Add existing file... always opens a file browser in c:\Windows\System32.

    It should have a preference option to set the default folder (or at least default to the configured "projects" path) and then remember the last folder you browsed to, so that you can return here multiple times to add many resources during a day of work without having to browse away from the middle of nowhere every time.

    This is a bug in 2008, 2010 and 2012, so it's nice we now have a way of reporting it and maybe getting…

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      0 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Distinguish between HTTP connection and protocol errors

      HttpWebRequest objects fail with a '404' response code even if the connection to the server was unsuccessful. It hinders the attempts to determine whether an HTTP request failed due to network connectivity or due to the server code rejecting the request with a standard HTTP error status code.

      This does not seem to happen on other platforms.

      I've filed a related bug on Microsoft Connect a while ago (https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/752898/webexception-status-propery-unreliable-in-wp7 ), but the issue has been "closed as external" without actually being resolved.

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        1 comment  ·  Phone  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Export to Excel from Team Web Access for TFS 2012

        Bring back functionality to allow a user to export to excel / open a query in Excel from TFS 2012

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          6 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 15 votes
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          • Give user the option to switch project templates.

            I was using "Scrum..." project template and just realized "MSF for Agile Software Development 7.0 - ..." fist my needs better (because of the ability to enter original estimate/completed hours in the later template.) But, I didn't see any option to switch project templates once you have setup a project.

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            • Generic UserControls and Forms

              Please add Designer Support for Generic Forms or UserControls.

              Example:
              public class GenericUC<T> : UserControl
              or
              public class GenericUC<T> : UserControl<T>

              public class GenericUC : UserControl<string>

              The Designer always crashes and can't handle it.
              So i have to create a Wrapper Class to inherit from a generic Class.

              77 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Windows Forms  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 3 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Allow adding sub suits to a requirement based suit.

                  After adding a requirement based suit to the test plan tree, you can't add any sub suits.

                  When you have many test cases, sometimes you want to split them into sub categories..

                  Today you must do it using only regular suits, which force you to link the tests to the PBI manually.

                  33 votes
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                    3 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Show icon on page header

                    When logged in to visualstudio.com, it shows my name is the upper right. That is good. But I have separate accounts for personal use and for work use. These are not linked accounts, nor do they use forwarding. they are separate with separate licenses etc.
                    It would be nice if the next to the name you showed something so that
                    I could at a glance verify that I am on the right account when using TFS or forums etc. Showing my icon/avatar would be sufficient since I can make those distinct.

                    Also, there doesn't appear to be a category for…

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                      0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • find window - search on current document - DO NOT HIDE if another open document clicked - keep it as it was on previous versions

                      when we do a find on current document, the small find window comes up on top, but we would like it to be how it was, it shouldn't dissapear if i click on a open document. This just adds trouble of opening it again and find last searched word. We don't want to find in all open documents all the time. I don't see any reason why usability is harmed in this way, could anybody care to explain?

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                        0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Source Control Explorer: Check-out on double click

                        We use source control for all our company files (source code, batch files and build scripts, precompiled binaries, word documents, excel spreadsheets, bitmap images, 3DStudioMax scenes, etc), many of which are edited externally to Visual Studio, usually by non-programmers.

                        Currently if you double-click a file in the SCE, it "views" that file by launching the associated editor (Word, Excel) on it. Due to the way these apps in particular handle read-only files, you can't then retroactively check out the file. This makes it very clumsy and frustrating to use. Even if you remember to check out first, you must choose…

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                          0 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • VB with other language(C#) interoperability

                          A feature in C# is an annoyance in VB.Net. How?...Need solution please.

                          Guys developing webservices in C# many times use same variable name as string, property, enum etc. with just the case as different. I've created webservicetester web based (silverlight) using ideas from webservicetester available in codeplex.

                          The client code generated in my tool in VB language fails to compile stating "Variable already declared" as VB is case in-sensitive.

                          This could be a silly issue or can be stated as "By Design". Please look into this item or restrict C# developers declaring same variable name with different types case sensitively.

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                            0 comments  ·  Languages - Visual Basic  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Allow collapse build activity log tree

                            The build activity log is a tree with significant amount of detail. Much of the time when I'm working on build stuff I don't care about most of the tree, but only a small portion. Please make the activity log collapsable to reduce the information overload.

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                            • Allow navigate backwards from a build should navigate to the build explorer screen

                              From Build Explorer, double click a queued build.
                              The build is opened in preview.
                              Click the back button, or navigate backwards with the keyboard.
                              Expected that the build explorer is shown.
                              Actual: the last code file used is shown.

                              2 votes
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                              • Stop requiring a PC restart after installing updates

                                VS2012 Update 3 requires the PC be updated when complete. Given that this is 2013, and MS was bragging about getting restart scenarios down to something like 5 back when Win2K was released, it seems like high time that non-kernel updates - particularly user level applications - should not require the entire system be restarted. I just can't believe that we're *still* having to do this; 10 years ago, I'd have put money on MS being able to dynamically restart the *kernel* without a reboot by now!

                                6 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Newest C++ Toolset

                                  Having to update toolset from v100 to v110 to v120 and then back to v110 is annyoing. Would it be possible to have a Newest option that'd automatically pick the newest available toolset?

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                                  • Allow operators (==, !=, >, <, etc.) to be defined for interfaces

                                    Currently it is not possible to define custom evaluations for the == and != operators on interfaces. Using these operators is more natural than calling Equals() for most code writers. Not being able to define them makes refactoring (to interfaces) error prone and tedious. This is especially annoying since the build-in interface IEquatable<> already defines a way to recognize the existence of such custom evaluations at compile time.

                                    The same is true for >, <, etc. operators and IComparable<>.

                                    In contrast extension methods already allow the definition of complex algorithms based on interfaces - which is fine. Why not extend…

                                    32 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Make the CodeLense feature available on all Visual Studio 2013 versions

                                      Currently the CodeLense feature is available only on the Ultimate version of VS2013. It would be great if we could have this feature on every version of VS2013

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                                        1 comment  ·  Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • do not have a continuous connection to the cloud (as for the themes)

                                        I do not want my code analyzed by anyone in realtime over the net

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                                        • Suggest Support for Mobile Devices i.e. accessible from smaller form factors

                                          It would be good idea to have support for smaller form factors such as phones. Sometimes we come up with weird ideas for our projects when we are not next to a computers. It would be good to have a phone app that will make this TFS fly.

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