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

Terms of Service and Privacy Policy

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. Add ability to compare code SIDE by SIDE from within the same code file

    Add Menu option Windows Split - SIDE by SIDE

    Add ability to compare code SIDE by SIDE from within the same code file
    Screens are getting wider not taller

    This would be a great help to compare functions

    Even to allow two copies of the same code file would be a help by enabling Window\New Window to make a duplicate

    PS: Take a look at BeyondCompare by Scooter SW to see what a good code comparison tool looks like!

    1 vote
    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…)
      1 comment  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add ability to detect when PCH (precompiled header) is used eg __PCH__

      Would enable things like
      #ifdef __PCH__
      or
      #if __PCH__ // __PCH__==1 means PCH is used
      #include "PreCompiled.h"
      #endif

      3 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  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Please make it so I can add a tree of folders and items as an "existing item" into a solution.

        I frequently dump a volume of images into my projects and I want them in the solution retained in the same folder structure. Currently I have to right-click -> add new folder for each folder in the structure and then copy the files into the folders in Windows Explorer and finally right click -> add existing item for each folder in the soution. This is silly. If there's a better way, I'm interested but I still think I should be able to right-click -> add existing item and choose the parent folder, which will in turn add all subfolders and…

        1 vote
        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  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Toggle enabled addins & extensions between different solutions

          I often switch solutions I work with which are very domain specific. Some solutions mostly focus on C++ code with some addins build specifially for that code base, while I sometimes switch over to small C# applications where I want to use extensions that only work for C#. My problem is that right now I have to run both my c++ addins and C# addins at the same time ,some of them even conflicting with each other (VisualAssist and Resharper for instance). It would be very useful to switch what addins are loaded by default for a given solution for…

          9 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  ·  Extension  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Convert C++ Win32 library to WinRT

            There are tons of open-source libraries which can be consumed for the Windows Store and Windows Phone apps development. We need a feature in VS to convert the win32 based C++ library project into WinRT and WP-RT, of course unless the project has dependencies on C (for native I/O).

            6 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  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Include the "Object Test Bench" from VS 2005/2008 in VS 2012

              The "Object Test Bench" (OTB) was introduced in Visual Studio 2005. It was especially useful for teaching the concepts of object-orientation and quickly testing new classes.

              I cannot understand why this feature was removed in favor of the Immediate Window. Although the later is more powerful, it lacks the visual aspect and the easy of use the OTB provides.

              Adding a feature that already existed in previous versions should not be a big issue so I would love to see the OTB again in a Visual Studio 2012 Update or as an extension.

              4 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  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • tfspreview only support Microsoft accounts. please add support of other e-mail addresses as user-id

                tfspreview only support Microsoft accounts. please add support of other e-mail addresses as user-id which will make it easier to "sell" the use of cloud based services to customers

                2 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  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Allow developers to indicate that certain files should not be merged in a given branch

                  When working in different branches we often have files that we want to change for a specific branch and then don't ever want those files to merge back to its parent branch. tf merge /discard doesn't work well for this because you have to run it each time you change the file in question. Workspace mappings and cloaks can accomplish this but they are cumbersome and people often forget to use them correctly. it would be nice if we could have a one-click option that could mark a file in a branch such that it would not merge up to…

                  63 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  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • In TFS 2010 Web Access,when send work item as email,I can overtype 'FROM' email address,

                    In TFS 2010 Web Access,when send work item as email,I can overtype 'FROM' email address,
                    Can you give admin to protect 'FROM' email address?

                    2 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…)
                      1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Provide a Way to Create View,Controller and other Methods at one click from Model

                      My ideal is to provide a way to combine different features of MVC at one click
                      Currently MVC have a View creator wizard,A Controller Creator wizard
                      So do provide a wizard like view creator that can create controller as well and can access to database as well in a single click .
                      The idea is to create a way which will help developer to do no coding.
                      means all code regarding accessing of data from DB should also get created.means a view to DB flow should get created at single click
                      example
                      i want to Create student table so i…

                      8 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  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add support for specifying where source control data can be stored geographically.

                        For several of my clients, it is important that their IP is retained solely within the EU. I would like to be able to specify that projects hosted by visualstudio.com are held in (say) the North Europe and West Europe data-centres only. It is likely my clients would accept that Microsoft is a US company and subject to certain US laws, but adoption within Europe and other territories might be improved by having this option available.

                        9 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…)
                          1 comment  ·  Cloud  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • support other "Error line number" format when double click in Output window

                          in makefile project, I wrote a .bat file for the "build command",
                          in this bat, it helps me to compile a android NDK project.
                          the following info is from NDK compiler.
                          -------
                          1> Compile++ thumb : demo <= main.cpp
                          1> ./jni/main.cpp:34:1: error: 'ptest' does not name a type
                          -------

                          double clicks on here -> "1> ./jni/main.cpp:34:1: error:............"
                          VC IDE can open up the source file but didn't take me directly to the line localtion

                          1 vote
                          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  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • for security reason i want to know who download file from TFS server

                            have a tool can set project or folder or file record get log that i can know who was get file from tfs

                            1 vote
                            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  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Typedef

                              I think that typedef is a desperate need for C#.
                              If you come from a C++ background, you know what I'm talking about.

                              The only solutions are we can do in C# is have a using statement, but it applies only inside the file it was declared at, and you have to declare it like that in every single file (good luck maintaining).
                              The other solution would be to create a class and inherit from the class you want to 'typedef'. I'm not sure how memory-wise that is, but anyways it's not a very good solution since sealed types began…

                              9 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  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • 1 vote
                                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  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • If files get locked and orphaned, you might be able to fix it with the TF command to delete the lock, or your coworker's workspace like so:

                                  If files get locked and orphaned, you can remove the locks using the TF command to delete the lock, or your coworker's workspace like in this example:

                                  C:\Users\jvelasquez\Documents\Visual Studio 2010\Projects\Prototype_Ryder>"C:\Pr
                                  ogram Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Common7\IDE\tf" workspace /delete WkStaName;fLast@domainer.com

                                  3 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  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Problem: in Visual Studio 2010. While in Source Code Explorer. I right clicked on a folder and choose "Get Latest Version", VS then"

                                    Problem: in Visual Studio 2010. While in Source Code Explorer. I right clicked on a folder and choose "Get Latest Version", VS then returns an error window that says "All files are up to date. Files have been previously downloaded. To force, use the overwrite all option." LOL.

                                    1. I don't have these files. Maybe I downloaded them months ago, but I want them now.
                                    2. There was no overwrite option, I used right click.

                                    1 vote
                                    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  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Problem in Team Foundation Service

                                      In my Pulama project, there are two users.
                                      Me and Him. Him has no privileges, "lock" is set to deny, yet my files are still locked by His active session from 3 months ago.

                                      1. How do I force clear a lock?
                                      2. Why is it when users are removed, file permissions are not reflected?
                                      3. Depending on how files are downloaded,
                                      a. use the "get latest version", or "get specific version", Visual Studio downloaded the folder from my TFS service two differently, but similarly named files: "Prototype _ Ryder" and "Prototype_Ryder". Note the first has spaces. Wow! that's weird.…

                                      1 vote
                                      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  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • In-app purchase certification phase

                                        You have an app with in-app purchase. You submit your app using the CurrentApp instead of CurrentAppSimulator. Fine. But your code also test some things like foreach (var product in licenseInformation.ProductLicenses) and the problem arrises. In the certification phase (Build) the in-app purchases are not yet integrated within the Windows Store and so the licenseInformation.ProductLicenses.Count is still 0!
                                        Your code within the foreach runs well in the Debug mode, will run well once the app is certified but will certainly fail the certification process because the code Inside the foreach is never reached so the certification teams will refuse the…

                                        1 vote
                                        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…)
                                          1 comment  ·  Windows 8 Apps  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • improve or remove find autocomplete for case sensitive searches

                                          The find box worked much better for case sensitive searches before the auto-complete "feature" was added. It would be nice if the search could at least respect the case sensitivity of the search or even the language. In C++ a 'c' is as close to a 'C' as to an 'X' so replacing one with another is like randomly modifying user input. It is not helpful.

                                          1 vote
                                          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…)
                                            1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                          • Don't see your idea?

                                          Feedback and Knowledge Base