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Visual Studio should be Touch-Friendly

Anyone who has put Visual Studio 2012 on a computer with a touch screen will attest to how bad the environment behaves when attempting to touch the screen.

Visual Studio should include either a full-fledged touch mode or include settings that allow users to take advantage of touch enabled devices.

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      • Gordon BeemingGordon Beeming commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi Anonymous, VS 2015 is touch friendly as Mark mentioned below. What else are you expecting to be touch friendly? The only thing I've needed to be touch friendly is the code editor anything outside of that I use the mouse for.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        So I'm curious if those that don't see the utility in this don't have touchscreen laptops. I can understand that as a developer you'll be using a keyboard and a mouse, but at many-a-time you will be reading code as well. To dig deep into an issue or get familiar with a new code base. In these cases it would be useful. Also, on track pads you're able to use two fingers to scroll the screen, similar to how you would scroll via a wheel. In reality we're asking here to add that same functionality to a swipe on the screen. If you don't use it, that's ok, not sure why people keep saying they don't know how to FEEL about it.

      • Mark Wilson-ThomasMark Wilson-Thomas commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi All.

        Touch support in Visual Studio 2015 (which you can check out in the Preview release at http://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/downloads/visual-studio-2015-downloads-vs ) is available and supports touch gestures in the Visual Studio EDITOR only - you can scroll, select by double-tapping a word, select a line by single tap to the left of the line, pinch-zoom. Please take a look if you haven't already done so, and send feedback by using the built in "Send a Smile" menu (see http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/zzszcehe.aspx) .

        Thanks!
        Mark Wilson-Thomas
        Program Manager, Visual Studio Editor Team

      • VB-DevVB-Dev commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Why on Earth would anyone want to use a touch screen to develop applications in Visual Studio? I'm genuinely curious. At the same time, I think you people must be nuts. I hire developers, not iPhone swipers.

      • Levi FullerLevi Fuller commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I have a MacBook Pro as a work computer and I still can't use the touchpad like I can in other programs in Visual Studio. It's sensitivity is too high (move the mouse a little bit and it doesn't scroll)... It seems like it has a minimum scroll amount which sets like notches and if you don't two-finger scroll quickly enough, it won't move. Also, scrolling in "Solution Explorer" panel is way too sensitive.

      • Levi FullerLevi Fuller commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Make it happen bros. Need some fancy touch fun with my Surface Pro 3 (or even on a MacBook Pro? There's an idea right there, make it so multi-touch trackpads can maneuver smoothly (such as a touchpad on a MacBook).

      • Mark Wilson-ThomasMark Wilson-Thomas commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi Anonymous: Have you had chance to try a CTP of Visual Studio "14" yet? It has exactly what you're asking for (and more).

        Mark Wilson-Thomas

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Just add support for scrolling in the code window with one-finger touch. Even notepad can do this. You don't need to redesign the UI in some dramatic way. It's a simple bug fix.

      • Mark Wilson-ThomasMark Wilson-Thomas commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi Touch Supporters!

        I'm delighted to let you know that Visual Studio "14" CTP, which you can download at http://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/downloads/visual-studio-14-ctp-vs , contains support for Touch in the Visual Studio Editor!

        The CTP supports touch for scrolling, pinch-to-zoom, tap-and-hold for context menus, double-tap for word selection, and line selection by tapping in the margin.

        We would love to hear your feedback on how this works for you - please feel free to respond here, by Tweeting me on @MarkPavWT, or by using the built in "Send a Smile" menu (see http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/zzszcehe.aspx) .

        Thanks!
        Mark Wilson-Thomas
        Program Manager, Visual Studio Editor Team
        @MarkPavWT (Twitter)

      • Dominic FinnDominic Finn commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Would love this. My main dev computer uses is a 27 inch touch screen and I also have a surface pro 2. Both would benefit to this massively. It you could move the SSMS guys a long with this as well, I would be eternally greatful :-)

      • Antony ScottAntony Scott commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Scrolling would definitely be nice when using VS on my surface pro. I can get around by using the keyboard PgUp/PgDn etc, but it would be much more intuitive to just swipe my finger up and down the screen.

      • Gordon BeemingGordon Beeming commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I agree with @Mark, not so worries about ribbons but the text editors specifically need touch. To be able to pinch zoom and then also move around the code would be key to the implementation =D

      • Patrick ZahraPatrick Zahra commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Even if I had to use the pen, putting Windows in left-handed mode STILL doesn't move the scrollbars over. It's like the setting isn't even there. Seriously, how hard is it?

      • Ryan NorbauerRyan Norbauer commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yes, this doesn't have to be so sophisticated. It would really just be nice to swipe up and down and scroll my text window. On the Surface, it's hard to use the little touch keyboard touchpad to precisely hit the scroll bar at the right.

      • Michael TannerMichael Tanner commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Also ... Though writing code on a touch device may be challenging (especially when not using a physical keyboard), a touch device could be really useful when doing code review. Though Visual Studio is my only IDE, I personally use an iPad as my tablet of choice. So as unexpected as an iOS version of VS would be from Microsoft, that would be absolutely incredible!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Main thing would be to add touch scrolling to all windows, that is most irritating shortcoming. Buttons etc I'm not so worried about.

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