Visual Studio

Welcome to the Visual Studio UserVoice site. Let us know what you would like to see in future versions of the Visual Studio suite of products. This site is for suggestions and ideas. If you need to file a bug, visit the Visual Studio Connect site: http://connect.microsoft.com/visualstudio.

ASP.NET Runtime/Web Tooling suggestions have moved! All your ideas, including your votes, have been transferred and are searchable in the ASP.Net Uservoice forum. Please submit any new ASP.NET Runtime/Web Tooling suggestions, or vote on existing suggestions by going to http://aspnet.uservoice.com.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Thanks – Deon Herbert
Visual Studio Team

I suggest you ...

You've used all your votes and won't be able to post a new idea, but you can still search and comment on existing ideas.

There are two ways to get more votes:

  • When an admin closes an idea you've voted on, you'll get your votes back from that idea.
  • You can remove your votes from an open idea you support.
  • To see ideas you have already voted on, select the "My feedback" filter and select "My open ideas".
(thinking…)

Enter your idea and we'll search to see if someone has already suggested it.

If a similar idea already exists, you can vote and comment on it.

If it doesn't exist, you can post your idea so others can vote on it.

Enter your idea and we'll search to see if someone has already suggested it.

  • Hot ideas
  • Top ideas
  • New ideas
  1. Decrease the Memory Footprint

    Since Visual Studio is a tool which can be used in so many scenarios (desktop development, web development, game development, etc) and supports so many languages (managed, native, scripting) it seems it is often loading tools and editors which are not needed for the current scenario.

    It would be nice to have very fine grain control over what components are loaded at any given time to decrease the memory footprint and increase the performance.

    For example, if I just want to edit a C# file in a class library it seems the memory footprint could be much smaller than when…

    1,584 votes
    Vote
    Sign in
    Check!
    (thinking…)
    Reset
    or sign in with
    • facebook
    • google
      Password icon
      I agree to the terms of service
      Signed in as (Sign out)
      You have left! (?) (thinking…)
      9 comments  ·  Performance  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allow for updating process templates on existing projects in TFS

      To keep up with improving processes, there needs to be a migration path for existing templates to be upgraded to new templates. Some information in work items may be lost when mapping these to new work item types of the new templates, but this may well worth the benefits of moving to a newer process. Creating a new team project is not always feasible, especially if the source code versioning needs to be in place.

      1,344 votes
      Vote
      Sign in
      Check!
      (thinking…)
      Reset
      or sign in with
      • facebook
      • google
        Password icon
        I agree to the terms of service
        Signed in as (Sign out)
        You have left! (?) (thinking…)
        under review  ·  20 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • TFService + git - Pull requests

        Visual Studio's current Code Review feature works only from within Visual Studio: https://tfs.visualstudio.com/en-us/learn/code/get-your-code-reviewed-vs

        When using TFService with git, we need something similar to Pull Requests, as a means for performing code reviews, as github.com and bitbucket.org offer:

        https://help.github.com/articles/using-pull-requests

        https://confluence.atlassian.com/display/BITBUCKET/Working+with+pull+requests

        620 votes
        Vote
        Sign in
        Check!
        (thinking…)
        Reset
        or sign in with
        • facebook
        • google
          Password icon
          I agree to the terms of service
          Signed in as (Sign out)
          You have left! (?) (thinking…)
          under review  ·  4 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Add "?." operator to C#

          Add the "?." operator to C# and make it chainable like CoffeeScript so we don't have to write null reference checks for every nested property. An example would be:
          myObject?.Items?.[0]?.DoSomething()

          4,879 votes
          Vote
          Sign in
          Check!
          (thinking…)
          Reset
          or sign in with
          • facebook
          • google
            Password icon
            I agree to the terms of service
            Signed in as (Sign out)
            You have left! (?) (thinking…)
            197 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            We are seriously considering this feature for C# and VB, and will be prototyping it in coming months. Syntax in C# would be

            e?.x // member access
            e?.M(…) // method invocation
            e?[…] // indexing

            Semantically this will be similar to

            (e == null) ? null : e.x

            etc., except that e will only be evaluated once of course.

            If the type of e.x (etc) is a non-nullable value type S, then the type of e?.x is S?. Otherwise the type of e?.x is the same as that of e.×. If we can’t tell whether the type is a non-nullable value type (because it is a type parameter without sufficient constraints) we’ll probably give a compile-time error.

            Thanks for all the great comments!

            Mads Torgersen
            C# Language PM

          • Create a "remove all remnants of Visual Studio from your system" program.

            I'm writing this on behalf of the thousands of other Visual Studio users out there who have had nightmares trying to uninstall previous versions of VS. Thus cumulatively losing hundreds of thousands of productive work hours.

            During this year, I had installed the following programs/components on my system:
            * Visual Studio 2012 Express for Desktop
            * Visual Studio 2012 Express for Web
            * Team Foundation Server Express
            * SQL Server Express
            * SQL Server Data Tools
            * LightSwitch 2011 trial (which created a VS 2010 installation)
            * Visual Studio 2010 Tools for SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP2
            * Entity Framework…

            475 votes
            Vote
            Sign in
            Check!
            (thinking…)
            Reset
            or sign in with
            • facebook
            • google
              Password icon
              I agree to the terms of service
              Signed in as (Sign out)
              You have left! (?) (thinking…)
              14 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Thank you very much for your feedback. We are aware of this issue and we are evaluating whether we are able to address it in a future release. In the meantime, have you tried our uninstall /force feature? You are able to use this feature even if you have already uninstalled Visual Studio:
              http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2771441/EN-US#Force
              I understand that this does not completely meet your needs but I am hopeful that it will help resolve some of the issues you described above.

              Thanks again for taking the time to provide feedback.

              Kelly Berman
              Visual Studio Program Manager

            • Make the Visual Studio installer more customizable

              Let one don't install some components if one don't need it - for example Silverlight development support, visual designers for WPF or Windows Forkflow, or unit testing (many developers use third-party solutions like NUnit and don't use VS built-in testing tools).

              983 votes
              Vote
              Sign in
              Check!
              (thinking…)
              Reset
              or sign in with
              • facebook
              • google
                Password icon
                I agree to the terms of service
                Signed in as (Sign out)
                You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                59 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Debug Lambda expressions

                Allow Quick Watch and other Debug functions to work with Lambda expressions.

                "Expression cannot contain lambda expressions" makes this powerful language feature second-class within the IDE.

                Especially for data intensive applications being able to write Lambda expressions in the Quick Watch, Watch, Immediate Windows and debug evaluation is a must have.

                8,073 votes
                Vote
                Sign in
                Check!
                (thinking…)
                Reset
                or sign in with
                • facebook
                • google
                  Password icon
                  I agree to the terms of service
                  Signed in as (Sign out)
                  You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                  under review  ·  52 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Use Nuget to install most of the components

                  Visual Studio could be a lightweight shell with only the basic project templates installed. Whenever you then need to add new template such as Windows Phone, Silverlight, Azure, ... you could create an empty project and use NuGet to install all the extra files and UI to get it to work. And as is the case with NuGet, this install is relative to the solution/project that you are using. NuGet all of these artifacts from an official package server, and link it locally to the solution.

                  This would be benificial for us 'consultancy' folk to keep VS to a minimal…

                  547 votes
                  Vote
                  Sign in
                  Check!
                  (thinking…)
                  Reset
                  or sign in with
                  • facebook
                  • google
                    Password icon
                    I agree to the terms of service
                    Signed in as (Sign out)
                    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                    under review  ·  15 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Creating Queries - Token for Current Iteration

                    When creating a work item query, you are given the option to select the iteration path for which the query is to return results for. It will be fantastic if a token was provided such as [Active Iteration] and you can specify the active iteration manually, or TFS calculating it via the Start/End dates

                    1,074 votes
                    Vote
                    Sign in
                    Check!
                    (thinking…)
                    Reset
                    or sign in with
                    • facebook
                    • google
                      Password icon
                      I agree to the terms of service
                      Signed in as (Sign out)
                      You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                      under review  ·  31 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Multithreaded C/C++ linker

                      We build more than 600 C++ projects. We invested a lot into breaking them into parallel build-able blocks but any HW upgrade give us almost nothing in the end as the linking process is utilizing only one CPU :(

                      1,097 votes
                      Vote
                      Sign in
                      Check!
                      (thinking…)
                      Reset
                      or sign in with
                      • facebook
                      • google
                        Password icon
                        I agree to the terms of service
                        Signed in as (Sign out)
                        You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                        7 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        The linker itself is not a CPU bound problem it has traditionally been an I/O bound problem. So just adding cores is not going to help. Having said that we understand that what you are looking for is a faster linker.

                        We are currently parallelizing two major phases of the link process. Merging of debug information is perhaps the single most time consuming tasks when it comes to non-whole program optimized builds and we will merge this with the symbol resolution phase of the linker. This should result in better parallelism and improved linker throughput overall.

                        Hope that helps.

                      • Treat TFS as an Enterprise Symbol Server

                        I want my Team Foundation Server instance to be the Symbol Server for the Enterprise. Visual Studio and other debugging clients could then inherently understand when it sees a TFS URL how to locate the symbols or alternately, TFS could provide a URL that exposes symbols correctly (i.e. https://tfs.mycompany.com/tfs/DefaultCollection/Symbols). For those using the Azure-based hosted Team Foundation Service solution, it provides them a publicly-accessible (with authentication) location for Symbol Server as well.

                        We don't need a file share any longer if you have a TFS server! Symbols could be stored and maintained using the version control system (or some…

                        752 votes
                        Vote
                        Sign in
                        Check!
                        (thinking…)
                        Reset
                        or sign in with
                        • facebook
                        • google
                          Password icon
                          I agree to the terms of service
                          Signed in as (Sign out)
                          You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                          under review  ·  11 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • rename project in TFS

                          Rename existing project in TFS

                          4,731 votes
                          Vote
                          Sign in
                          Check!
                          (thinking…)
                          Reset
                          or sign in with
                          • facebook
                          • google
                            Password icon
                            I agree to the terms of service
                            Signed in as (Sign out)
                            You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                            137 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Allow "default" values on automatic properties

                            When using auto-properties, I should be able to set a default value without having to create a constructor, like I can with a field:

                            Something like:
                            public bool IsActive = true { get; private set; }

                            1,262 votes
                            Vote
                            Sign in
                            Check!
                            (thinking…)
                            Reset
                            or sign in with
                            • facebook
                            • google
                              Password icon
                              I agree to the terms of service
                              Signed in as (Sign out)
                              You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                              67 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              It is our plan to add this feature to C#.

                              The syntactic form of it will be to put an initializer at the end of the auto-property declaration, just like for field initializers:

                              public int X { get; set; } = x;

                              The initializer directly initializes the underlying field – it doesn’t go through the setter. For that reason, it is now meaningful to allow getter-only auto-properties:

                              public int Y { get; } = y;

                              For getter-only auto-properties, we would generated the backing field as readonly.

                              Thanks for all the great comments and suggestions! We looked at the feedback in our design discussions, and ended up deciding that this was the best approach all up.

                              Mads Torgersen, C# Language PM

                            • ability to add multiple activities per team member in sprint

                              I really like the new feature (may be) in TFS where you can add capacity in the sprint which estimates work by activity.

                              currently a developer can spend 2/3 of this time in development and 1/3 in bug fixing(testing). so, i would like to see two/more entries per team member to divide their capacity across different activities and properly track the project activities (dev, test, requirements etc etc)

                              hope you got what I am trying to say.

                              587 votes
                              Vote
                              Sign in
                              Check!
                              (thinking…)
                              Reset
                              or sign in with
                              • facebook
                              • google
                                Password icon
                                I agree to the terms of service
                                Signed in as (Sign out)
                                You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                17 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Improve WPF Editor performance

                                Improve Visual Studio WPF Editor performance. With Visual Studio 2010 it is very good, but also a bit slow.

                                1,205 votes
                                Vote
                                Sign in
                                Check!
                                (thinking…)
                                Reset
                                or sign in with
                                • facebook
                                • google
                                  Password icon
                                  I agree to the terms of service
                                  Signed in as (Sign out)
                                  You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                  under review  ·  12 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Bring back Macros

                                  I am amazed you've decided to remove Macros from Visual Studio. Not only are they useful for general programming, but they're a great way to be introduced to the Visual Studio APIs.

                                  If you are unwilling to put in the development time towards them, please release the source code and let the community maintain it as an extension.

                                  4,004 votes
                                  Vote
                                  Sign in
                                  Check!
                                  (thinking…)
                                  Reset
                                  or sign in with
                                  • facebook
                                  • google
                                    Password icon
                                    I agree to the terms of service
                                    Signed in as (Sign out)
                                    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                    466 comments  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    We are currently reviewing the feasibility of delivering a scripting capability in a future version of Visual Studio. Please continue to offer your comments on what scripting capability we should offer while we research this suggestion.

                                    Tony Goodhew, Program Manager, VS Pro.

                                  • Display the workitem id on the cards of the kanban/scrum board

                                    To associate a checkin with a workitem we use the id of the workitem. Since this is not visible on the cards on the kanban board (that we use to monitor the current ongoing work) the id:s needs to be looked up by clicking the card or using a workitem report within visual studio.
                                    I would be more efficient if I could see the workitem id on cards and backlogs in the board.

                                    7 votes
                                    Vote
                                    Sign in
                                    Check!
                                    (thinking…)
                                    Reset
                                    or sign in with
                                    • facebook
                                    • google
                                      Password icon
                                      I agree to the terms of service
                                      Signed in as (Sign out)
                                      You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                      under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Working Hours and Days Off to be entered in User Profile

                                      Adding working hours and days off to the user profile will allow members to take responsibility of their working hours, making capacity planning easier.

                                      A project administrator may also need to be able to update these for a user, for cases of unexpected absence, etc...

                                      548 votes
                                      Vote
                                      Sign in
                                      Check!
                                      (thinking…)
                                      Reset
                                      or sign in with
                                      • facebook
                                      • google
                                        Password icon
                                        I agree to the terms of service
                                        Signed in as (Sign out)
                                        You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                        5 comments  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Better code navigation in F#

                                        Bring over the code navigation features found in the VB.NET/C# Visual Studio experience, such as Find All References and Call Hierarchy

                                        260 votes
                                        Vote
                                        Sign in
                                        Check!
                                        (thinking…)
                                        Reset
                                        or sign in with
                                        • facebook
                                        • google
                                          Password icon
                                          I agree to the terms of service
                                          Signed in as (Sign out)
                                          You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                          3 comments  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          Update: The Visual F# Power Tools project (http://fsprojects.github.io/FSharpVSPowerTools) is a community-driven project based on the FSharp.Compiler.Service and Fantomas tools. It is available as a Visual Studio gallery entry in Visual Studio 2012 and 2013.

                                          While it is at an early stage, it contains useful navigation functionality, with active work going on to add more, as well as other functionality. The project is seeing significant contribution levels. We encourage community contributions to this project.

                                          This item is being left as “under review”. Possible future paths which could eventually be considered may include migrating functionality from the Visual F# Power Tools to the Visual F# Tools proper, depending on quality levels and other factors.

                                          Don Syme, answering on behalf of the Visual F# Tools Team

                                        • Add many-to-many relation support

                                          Today it is a lot of manually coding to build a application with a many-to-many relation.
                                          It would be nice to have more out of the box support for this.

                                          196 votes
                                          Vote
                                          Sign in
                                          Check!
                                          (thinking…)
                                          Reset
                                          or sign in with
                                          • facebook
                                          • google
                                            Password icon
                                            I agree to the terms of service
                                            Signed in as (Sign out)
                                            You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                            0 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                          ← Previous 1 3 4 5 10 11
                                          • Don't see your idea?

                                          Feedback and Knowledge Base