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. Using DSC, bring the Virtual Machines into the ALM lifecycle.

    Using DSC as a VM "definition language", develop the process that Will allow the VMs to be generated as part of the buld process. This Will allow maintenance teams to generate development VMs on request, as well as test environments to be generated and integrated with the Test Management tooling.

    34 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  ·  0 comments  ·  Rangers Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • To provide a "don't step into the current method anymore" debugger option

      For the (native) Step Into Just My Code feature: in addition to manually-written .natstepfilter files, wouldn't it be great if, when debugging a function, we could somehow tell the debugger "In the future, don't step into the current method anymore".

      This could, in turn, dynamically modify an "autodisables.natstepfilter" fies in the user Visualizers folder. What do you think?

      21 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…)
        2 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Stop putting VS Version number in .sln file

        Baking the VS Version number, especially when it's functionally insignificant like between Updates & CTPs of the same VS edition, causes nothing but headaches for teams with SCC.

        Please stop doing this. If the schema of the SLN file changes in a way that's significant, use schema versioning or naming to handle it instead of baking the software version that last touched it in to the file.

        5 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  ·  IDE  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Universal Apps Client for Lightswitch

          Universal App Client for Lightswitch

          10 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…)
            2 comments  ·  LightSwitch  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Improve resource management with CodeLens

            When I override .ToString in a large project and start typing, my machine crawls to a snail's pace as CodeLens tries to find all references to ToString... It eventually finds all 2000 references! :| Until I press another key. :(

            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…)
              2 comments  ·  Visual Studio Ultimate  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • make it possible to build the setup project (InstallShield Limited) on TFS online, so we can do continuous integration

              We are using the TFS online, and we are doing continuous integration. But the problem is that the setup project (InstallShield Limited) cannot be built on the TFS online. So we must publish new version manually, that's not good practice for continuous integration.

              13 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 for gitflow branching model

                We would like to allow for a git flow model. Or a simple branching model with branch permissions such that only team leads are capable of merge (after code review) and developers may only check into their feature/issue branch.

                http://nvie.com/posts/a-successful-git-branching-model/

                35 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 →
                • Config Transforms for All XML Files - Not Just web.config

                  We are currently using SlowCheetah to do XML transforms for different build configurations. Visual Studio 2013 can already do this, but for some bizarre reason only for web.config files - not app.config. Please let us do it on *ALL* XML files.

                  5 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  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Support <LISTITEM value="[project]\<TheCurrentTeam>" /> in TFS work Item AssignedTo Field Allowed Values

                    It is possible to currently customize work item template so that it filters AssignedTo field list of users to a given team (<LISTITEM value="[project]\Team1" />) or to a security group (<LISTITEM value="[project]\Contributors" />). But when you have multiple teams defined in a team project the only sensible way to filter is using <LISTITEM value="[project]\Contributors" /> because if a "[Project]\Team1" is used, in Team2 it is only possible to assign work items to members of Team1 (and that is not the desired outcome).

                    I believe if there is a way for us to define" [Project]\<TheCurrentTeam>" in LISTITEM of the ALLOWEDVALUES of…

                    38 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 →
                    • enable installation of the Visual Studio 2013 to Windows Embedded OS

                      Using the Visual Studio 2013 in Windows Embedded OS would make it easier and faster to resolve issues in the C++ embedded application. In some cases the network or other connection to the embedded system is not possible or it requires significant changes to the embedded device. These changes may affect to the issue that is under investigation and may make it hard to repeat and identify the issue.

                      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  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add a 'splitWith' function to collections

                        splitWith accepts a 'match function' and a collection. It splits the collection into smaller collections of contiguous items that match according to the match function.

                        E.g.

                        > ["a"; "a"; "c"; "d"; "b"; "b"; "b"; "b"; "d"] |> split id;;
                        val it : string list list =
                        [["a"; "a"]; ["c"]; ["d"]; ["b"; "b"; "b"; "b"]; ["d"]]

                        [(1,"a"); (2,"a"); (2,"c"); (2,"d"); (1,"b"); (1,"b"); (2,"b"); (3,"d"); (3,"d")] |> split fst;;
                        val it : (int * string) list list =
                        [[(1, "a")]; [(2, "a"); (2, "c"); (2, "d")]; [(1, "b"); (1, "b")];
                        [(2, "b")]; [(3, "d"); (3, "d")]]

                        Uses:
                        Finding streaks:
                        e.g longest run…

                        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…)
                          1 comment  ·  Languages - F# Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Inline try catch

                          My suggestion is to add a inline try catch syntax similar to the ternary operator.

                          For example
                          var divideResult = try a/b catch 0;

                          If b was zero the divide by zero would be caught and the divide result would be set to zero.

                          It could also mimic the null coalesce syntax e.g. var divideResult = a/b !! 0;

                          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  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Object reference not set to an instance of an object.

                            Please include more information in the exception. If it's in the debug mode, we get the line number, but in release all we know is the name of the method, which often makes it real hard to find out WHAT was null. You know the type of the reference, please include that.

                            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…)
                              0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Include and use native thread names in minidumps

                              As of today, setting native thread names involves raising an SEH exception with data that includes the name one wishes to give to the current thread.
                              This only has an effect if Visual Studio is connected as debugger. If not, the thread name seems to be lost forever.

                              One of our common debugging use cases is using minidumps. The thing is, our executables may run tens of threads with similar callstacks. Sorting out which threads are of interest without names is hard.

                              Suggestion: setting a thread name should be a system feature that is connected to minidump capture; minidumps should…

                              68 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  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Use tags in alerts

                                I want to use tags in my alerts query. I want to create an alert that when a workitem is changed with a particulair tag/tags I get notified.

                                27 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  ·  Team Foundation Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • AspNetCompiler does not stop on first error

                                  I uses AspNetCompiler task to verify syntax of ASPX and CSHTML files. The problem is that if there are many errors (e.g. due to refactoring) AspNetCompiler reports only errors from first invalid file and then does not continue. So, if I have errors in 100 files I have to 100 times build (takes long), open the ASPX file (takes long), fix the error, save, build again and again and again.
                                  It would be really helpful if AspNetCompiler reports all errors on first run (like C# or VB compilers do). So I can see all of the errors and fix all…

                                  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 →
                                  • WPF runtime inspection

                                    I would appreciate a way to inspect control styles and properties and runtime. All modern browsers have some developer tool which allows inspecting rendered page, showing which element is under cursor, what classes/attributes/styles it has and what are the current values for everything. It would be great if XAML had something similar. It's quite hard to find out e.g. "why there is this 5px spacing between these two things on this form".

                                    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…)
                                      1 comment  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Compare tool to ignore whitespace within a line, not just start and end

                                      The compare tool in VS2013 curently ignores whitespace changes by trimming the end and the start but not within the line of code in C#.

                                      It would be good if it could be added as an option to ignore whitespace within the line too.

                                      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…)
                                        1 comment  ·  Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • allow us to modify the message returned to the git client when implementing a git server plugin

                                        This discussion explains the issue: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/5cf99831-975c-495e-a77f-8ef0eaba6c62/return-string-for-processevent-of-a-git-pushnotification

                                        Basically, when implementing a server plugin to run during a push, there is currently no way (according to Allen Jin) to have the git client display the reason why a push failed.

                                        10 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 →
                                        • Support Test Inheritance for base classes in different assemblies

                                          Visual studio test does not detect tests defined in an abstract base class of a separate assembly.

                                          This was supposedly fixed in Visual Studio 2010 (though several users claim it wasn't even fixed then), but is definitely still a problem with visual studio 2012 update 4.

                                          See: https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/466528/visual-studio-test-mstest-and-lack-of-inheritance-support-for-base-classes-that-resides-in-different-assemblies

                                          24 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…)
                                            2 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                          • Don't see your idea?

                                          Feedback and Knowledge Base