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  1. [VS2017] Task list for CMake Projects

    Currently, the task list doesn't take CMake projects into account. It only shows tasks of opened files. I'd like to have a full support of the task list for projects that are opened as CMake projects and not as standard solutions.

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      0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add shortcut keys to select the various scopes in the quick find tool

      Please add configurable shortcut keys to select different scopes in the Quick Find tool.

      Example using chords:
      CTRL+F, CTRL+F = open quick find
      CTRL+F, CTRL+B = open quick find / change scope to block
      CTRL+F, CTRL+D = open quick find / change scope to doc
      CTRL+F, CTRL+O = open quick find / change scope to open docs
      CTRL+F, CTRL+P = open quick find / change scope to project
      CTRL+F, CTRL+S = open quick find / change scope to solution

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        0 comments  ·  IDE and Editor  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Lightweight solution load

        It looks that VS2017 does not load workspace (previously opened files) when Lightweight solution load is on. I understand loading projects on demand helps with performance of opening a solution but I need my environment (context) available when I open a solution.
        Thank you

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        • Put the Instance name in the Visual Studio Title Bar

          I have multiple versions of VS 2017 on my box now. It would be great to be able to tell which one I'm looking at.

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          • ZipArchive password

            Please add Password property to ZipArchive class.

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              0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                0 comments  ·  Languages - C++  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 'AttributeTargets' enumeration should be able to distinguish 'ref' parameters

                When defining a new Attribute class which specifies AttributeUsage(AttributeTargets.Parameter), it would be more useful to restrict application on the basis of whether a method parameter can possibly be altered by the callee, and thus return a value to the caller, i.e. 'out' or 'ref' semantics in C#. Considering the gigantic difference in semantics between [In] and [Out] parameters (especially if working towards a comprehensive system for usefully attributing concurrency effects, which are inherently non-local), having only "AttributeTargets.Parameter" to cover both cases is insufficiently precise, vague, and/or just plain useless. This would require extending the AttributeTargets enumeration to include a value…

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                  0 comments  ·  .NET  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • In the VS editor, have the (CNTRL)KF command removed a double semi-colon.

                  When a double semi-colon appears in the code, the second semi-colon is not removed when a (CNTRL)KF is invoked. It is recognized that a second semi-colon is harmless, but it should not be in "clean" code.

                  This may also be an issue with other languages that use the semi-colon to end a statement.

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                    0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Provide means to open log file from installer when errors/warnings occur.

                    Visual Studio Enterprise 2017 (Preview) - 15.1 (26315.0-Preview) has the message: "Setup completed with warnings". It doesn't provide any way to view the warnings or the log file containing them.
                    It would be a nice improvement to provide a means to examine the warnings to decide if there is action needed.

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                      0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Have an option to ignore exceptions until the first breakpoint

                      When I troubleshoot an issue, I have Just My Code disabled, and don't mind having to wade through external exceptions, because they can provide useful clues. Unfortunately, between the program startup and the area I am debugging, there may be just too many exceptions. So I keep going: Ignore exceptions, start program, hit breakpoint, enable exceptions, step through my target area, stop debugging, repeat.
                      It would be nice if I could have an option to make VS ignore all exceptions until the first breakpoint is hit.

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                        0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Display hexadecimal values in all capital letters, it would be easier to read.

                        In the watch window your displaying hexadecimal values in lowercase. It's annoying. I have to squint to see the individual letters. So, very simply put, please display hexadecimal letters in the watch window in uppercase letters just like you do in registers window. Or at least make it configurable. Thanks for reading.

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                        • Add a SQL visualizer to the list of visualizer options when debugging

                          As the title suggests. A SQL visualizer could provide a nicely formatted/color-coded view of SQL text. It would be a nice quality of life improvement and should help to better identify issues in SQL code while debugging.

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                            0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Support standard HTML/CSS/JS development without unwanted junk

                            As a client-side developer working with non-Microsoft servers, I want to use VS for HTML/CSS/JS, without having any unwanted tools forced on me.

                            ASP.NET? No thanks.
                            MS SQL? Not using it.
                            Azure? Already using something else.

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                            • Microsoft.Reporting.WebForms.LocalReport support for .net core

                              It will be good to seperate LocalReport and LocalReport.Render out of Webforms dependency. And better yet create a .net core component just for LocalReport and rendering.

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                              • show a "selected" register in binary digits

                                Show at least 1 register in binary digits form with the click of a mouse or tick of a box. Showing 2 registers in binary digits, stacked one above the other, would be an excellent addition to Visual Studio as well. In summary, more support for binary visualizations in the IDE.

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                                  0 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Adding #if UNSAFE

                                  Would be nice if one had the opportunity of using unsafe code if the project allows it and use other(but slower) code if its not. (Automatically)

                                  I thought about something like #if UNSAFE like #if DEBUG

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                                    0 comments  ·  Languages - C#  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • introduce the option to play a sound on the computer when a solution build is complete

                                    Introduce the option to play a sound on the computer after long running visual studio operations are complete. The 2 I would use immediately is after a build or when the "Updating Source Control... " functions are complete. This way, I can walk away and listen for activity instead monitoring it.

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                                        0 comments  ·  Install  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Enable the new project file format/functionality in Reporting Services projects

                                        I was super excited about the new project file format that would 'auto-magically' see files added to a project folder and 'add' them to the project in VS. However, I was disapointed that this was only avalable for certain project types. I'm hoping the SSDT team can pick up these changes and add it to the rptproj format.

                                        We do primarily SSRS report development, and have 8 people working on the same solution. We've got a project structure that has a project for each report category, and it is possible that two or more people are creating new reports within…

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                                          0 comments  ·  SQL Server and Data Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • IDE multiple empty dockable windows/areas for source files

                                          I almost always want to have 2 source files open side by side. I have to size the IDE to use the right side of the screen and then tear off a source file and size it to the left side of the screen (2k monitor). Once I have them sized nicely ... not really covering the entire screen since I leave about 10% on the far left for other small tools. I can get to work. Open other source file and drag to the other source area if it doesn't open in the one I want it in, etc.…

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